Centrepoint’s Christmas appeal focuses on risks young people take to get off the streets

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Centrepoint is encouraging people to donate this winter, focusng on £15 as the amount that “could give a young homeless person a warm, safe room, hot meal and support in rebuilding their life. Tagged with: Advertising christmas  55 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Centrepoint’s Christmas appeal focuses on risks young people take to get off the streetscenter_img Howard Lake | 12 October 2015 | News Centrepoint, the charity for homeless young people, has launched its Christmas appeal, highlighting the desperate measures that homeless people aged 16-25 take to try to get off the streets.Centrepoint’s national advertising campaign reveals that young people turn to self-harming, prostitution and committing crimes as desperate if short-term solutions to their housing problems.The campaign is based on research for Crisis by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, originally conducted n 2010 and 2011.“At least she has some options”The newspaper adverts highlight these options in tick-box format, suggesting that Chloe, the young woman featured, “has some options” It’s just that these options are dire. The research for Crisis reveals:• Almost a third of homeless young people (28%) have committed a minor crime, such as shoplifting or antisocial behaviour, in the hope of being taken into custody for the night.• 18% have attempted to admit themselves to A&E to spend a night in hospital• 11% have entered into a sexual partnership in order to get a bed for the night . One in four young women have engaged in sex work specifically in order to fund accommodation and have a place to sleep.Matt Wilk, Head of Marketing and Communications at Centrepoint, said:“Homeless young people are taking huge risks to get off the streets. We felt compelled to illustrate these harrowing and upsetting situations in our Christmas ad campaign to demonstrate how vital public donations are at this time of year”. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

US – FBI renders access to information more difficult

first_img RSF_en News News Help by sharing this information to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States On February 6, the FBI announced that it would no longer accept any FOIA requests by email as of March 1st, but still allow requests by fax, snail mail, and an online portal for a small number of requests that met additional requirements. These conditions, such as limiting requests to one per day and one per submission, and restricting the length of requests to 3,000 characters, are not actually required by law. FOIA is an important tool used by both journalists and the public to release government documents. One of the more notable examples of the tool’s success was when a VICE News reporter used FOIA to request all of Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as Secretary of State. What resulted was the discovery that she had in fact used a private and unsecure email server for official government business during that time. Though the FBI declared the following day it would lift all additional restrictions for online portal submissions, the switch from email submissions to fax, snail mail or online portal submissions will still make it more difficult for citizens to access information. Adam Marshall, an attorney who specializes in FOIA at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) told RSF that “the FBI is one of the more difficult agencies to deal with when it comes to FOIA requests. They are quite opaque.” Nate Jones, Director of the FOIA project at the National Security Archive, echoes that assessment. “This is one of a long string of instances where the FBI has made it hard for the public to access information on its activities,” he said. According to Jones, it’s not enough that the FBI removed the initial restrictions to submissions via their online portal. “To eliminate the most efficient avenue that the public has used to request information is unacceptable,” Jones told RSF, especially since data shows the portal is a much less effective method than email. Jones told RSF that the FBI is not alone in restricting FOIA requests. Both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General’s office have started to restrict email submissions as well. “Given the power of FOIA requests to shed light on the activities of government agencies and their employees, we are concerned that the FBI’s changes to how they will accept requests for information will further complicate the process and negatively impact government transparency,” said Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF North America. The United States ranks 41 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index.Image Credit: YURI GRIPAS / AFP United StatesAmericas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned to learn that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced that it will no longer accept requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by email as of March 1, 2017. This change in policy could prove to be a new obstacle to government transparency and access to information for one of the most important agencies within the United States government. June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts February 15, 2017 US – FBI renders access to information more difficult Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

LeBron James passes Michael Jordan: Who is the GOAT?

first_imgI literally have no words! I guess like @realcoleworld said “Even when the dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”. Throughout it all no matter good or bad appreciate the journey. Thank you to all who continue to take this journey with me. #thekidfromakron #striveforgreatness #jamesgangA post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Feb 25, 2019 at 8:47pm PSTThe Cavs were down 3-1 to one of the greatest teams ever assembled and James stepped up with back-to-back 41-point displays against the Warriors before a triple-double and ‘The Block’ cemented his Finals MVP award in Game 7.It was James’ third title and, in his view, affirmation he was the greatest to ever take to the hardwood. Those who think LeBron James is a better player than Michael Jordan ever was have a new statistic to strengthen their argument.Lakers star James moved ahead of Jordan into fourth in the NBA’s all-time points list when he overhauled the former Bulls great’s total of 32,292 on Wednesday. It is unlikely to end the debate over who is the greatest of all time, though, with Jordan still ahead in championship wins — six to James’ three — and MVP awards — five to James’ four.To mark James surpassing Jordan’s points haul, two Omnisport writers make the case for who is basketball’s greatest ever.The case for Michael JordanBy Tom WebberAsked which feat was harder out of James Harden’s run of 30 straight 30-point games and Russell Westbrook’s 10 consecutive triple-doubles during All-Star weekend in Charlotte last month, Jordan replied with a smile: “Six championships, by all means.”You’d have to think his answer would be the same if he had to factor making the NBA Finals for eight seasons in a row into the equation, too.https://t.co/DPMPXx6ZQ4— Jordan (@Jumpman23) January 17, 2019In an era dominated by hard, physical defense, the notorious Pistons looked set to reign at the end of the rivalry between the Lakers and the Boston Celtics in the late 1980s.Jordan’s style stood in stark contrast to the Pistons and his agility and athleticism was unparalleled, making him an enthralling watch for basketball fans across the globe.He is also a two-time Olympic champion and retains the best points-per-game average of any NBA player in history at 30.1.James couldn’t wear the number 23 with the Heat because president Pat Riley had honored Jordan by retiring it, even though the shooting guard never played for the franchise. That’s how good he was.James has dominated a period in basketball, but he has not defined one like Jordan.The case for LeBron JamesBy Liam BlackburnPut simply, no athlete in history has had to cope with the hype bestowed upon James — dubbed ‘The Chosen One’ on a Sports Illustrated cover as a 17-year-old — and he has not only lived up to the billing but exceeded those expectations.Ohio’s favorite son put an entire city on his back to end Cleveland’s title drought and deliver the Cavaliers their first ever championship in 2016. View this post on Instagram The Finals losses should not count against him. Eight appearances in a row, with two different teams, carries more credence than Jordan’s 6-0, and if titles alone were the yardstick to measure potential GOATs by, Bill Russell would be grazing in the field with his 11 rings anyway.Jordan was ahead of his time in the way he played the game but James is still dominating, 16 years on from his NBA debut, in a league unrecognizable from the one ‘The Chosen One’ first entered.Jordan took basketball to new heights, but James has raised the bar again.last_img read more

Kelly General Store has a little of everything for the curious shopper

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Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 278 weeks ago There had always been a flower shop all the years I have been alive as far back as I can remember, and it just didn’t feel like Wellington anymore when I drove past after it closed. I am glad it’s open again as such, and look forward to checking out and supporting the new store. I hope this business has a long life and is still here after I’m gone. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Corlyn Cain · 278 weeks ago So happy to see new life to this building and new business’s in Welington! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 278 weeks ago So awesome to have this business in town! Can’t wait to check it out!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 278 weeks ago Nice to see this open again. So many fantastic memories for many of us hometown kids. Thanks for investing in Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Happy customer · 278 weeks ago I visited this store on Saturday and I was very pleased with everything from their prices to their customer service. Report Reply 0 replies · active 278 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — About six months ago, Holly Kelly was driving down Harvey Street and noticed an abandoned building with a greenhouse and she thought, “wouldn’t it be cool to have a greenhouse for the community again.”And last weekend, Kelly General Store was born at 314 E. Harvey St. Several local people have flocked to Wellington’s newest business that opened Saturday to robust business despite coinciding with Belle Plaine’s Tulip Time.Holly Kelly, Owner of Kelly General Store.Monday morning, the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Wellington’s newest store in what was once Bob’s Floral’s in the 1990s.How does one describe the Kelly General Store? “Well, we offer a multitude of things,” said Lesa Angleton, the manager of the store. “We want it to be fun and entertaining, the kind of place that makes you want to come back just to see what else we have to offer.”At its heart, Kelly General Store offers a variety of flowers and vegetables for the garden and yard from its greenhouse.But that is only part of what they do. They will also:•Make flower arrangements for anniversaries, weddings, reunions, graduations and proms;•offer an assortment of gourmet candy and nuts;•provide novelty gifts for birthdays and anniversaries;•offer several candles, and oil burners;•feature a jewelry line;•supply decorative horseshoes from a local artist;•and offer a plethora of signs with funny sayings.“We sold more than half our supply of signs Saturday afternoon,” Angleton said of the signs. “We had to order more, because they were so popular with our customers.”Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting held this morning.Holly Kelly is the sister of Shannon Kelly and the daughter of Carl Kelly, two attorneys practice in Wellington.Holly earned her masters in business administration and teaches college classes for National American University as well as Friends University and Cowley County Community College.The building has taken on quite the renovation which includes new tiled floors, a fresh coat of paint, and a new business facade. The store with its bright red siding is now hard to miss as you drive east passed Impact Bank.The store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.Kelly General Store is at 314 E. Harvey St.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

SPSCC Nursing Program a Candidate for National Accreditation

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College The SPSCC Nursing Program is taking steps toward national program accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), a new national accrediting body for all types of nursing programs. Earning national accreditation is an important next step for the program: national accreditation will affirm the quality of the program as well as meet the requirements that Washington State has set for the national accreditation of all nursing programs in the state by 2020.Currently in the pre-accreditation process, the NLN CNEA is accepting third party comments through April 10. For information about making a comment, view the nursing program page.  A candidacy decision should be made by NLN CNEA before July 2017.Once initial candidacy is in place, the program will have up to three years to submit a self-study report and schedule an on-site program evaluation, which will determine permanent national accreditation of the program for up to six years.SPSCC’s nursing program is thriving as the first in Washington State to implement the new Associate of Nursing Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree. In 2016, the program saw its first 26 graduates from the new program model, half of whom transferred directly into year four at a university. Also in 2016, nursing students who took the NCLEX Registered Nurse exam earned an outstanding pass rate of 92%, well over the state average of 88.66% and national average of 84.56%.About the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education AccreditationThe National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce.The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation implements its vision and carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.  Read more.last_img read more

Lonely at the top: India extend lead at the top of the World Test…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Live HindustanAdvertisement 6p7h5fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsm4o6Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9twxzh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) c5bWould you ever consider trying this?😱azmCan your students do this? 🌚7enns2Roller skating! Powered by Firework India kept their winning run in the World test Championship intact with a huge innings victory over Bangladesh in Indore. The Men In Blue are comfortably poised in the first place with 300 points to their name. Advertisement Image Courtesy: Live HindustanThe table-toppers defeated West Indies away from home by a margin of 2-0 and then proceeded to thump the Proteas for their second consecutive whitewash.India will conclude their series with Bangladesh after a historic Day-Night test in Kolkata before playing out their remaining fixtures against Australia and New Zealand away from home and then hosting England.Advertisement New Zealand are placed second in the table with 60 points. Although it is to be noted that India have played 5 tests already with some teams yet to play a single fixture. Check out the table below:World Test Championship (Points table)Advertisement India: 300 (Matches: 6 Won: 6 Lost: 0 Drawn: 0)New Zealand: 60 (Matches: 2 Won: 1 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Sri Lanka: 60 (Matches: 2 Won: 1 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Australia: 56 (Matches: 5 Won: 2 Lost: 2 Drawn: 1)England: 56 (Matches: 5 Won: 2 Lost: 2 Drawn: 1)West Indies: 0 (Matches: 2 Won: 0 Lost: 2 Drawn: 0)South Africa: 0 (Matches: 3 Won: 0 Lost: 3 Drawn: 0)Bangladesh: 0 (Matches: 1 Won: 0 Lost: 1 Drawn: 0)Pakistan: 0 (Matches: 0 Won: 0 Lost: 0 Drawn: 0)Read Also:MS Dhoni the golfer shows up the day after returning to the cricket netsInd vs Ban 1st Test Day 3 Review: India wrap up proceedings with record clenching innings victory  Advertisementlast_img read more

How the East was won

first_imgAs the nation enters into poll mode for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the east of India is likely to emerge as a “laboratory of India’s many competing ideas and trends, a microcosm of both constructive and destructive spirits”. This central theme, as articulated by India Today Group Chairman and,As the nation enters into poll mode for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the east of India is likely to emerge as a “laboratory of India’s many competing ideas and trends, a microcosm of both constructive and destructive spirits”. This central theme, as articulated by India Today Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie, manifested itself in the debates and discussions spanning 22 riveting sessions at the India Today Conclave East in Kolkata on October 5 and 6.The chief ministers of Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh, top politicians, industrialists, sports stars, filmmakers, actors and musicians attended the conclave, talking about their idea of India and their role in the making of it. The conclave had a most inspiring beginning, with three lady sports icons — Asian heptathlon gold medal winner Swapna Barman, former India women’s cricket team captain Jhulan Goswami and Indian hockey team captain Rani Rampal — recounting incredible stories of endurance, grit and “golden moments” in their journey to the top. “I have remained the same, only people have now started seeing me differently,” said Barman.Netas beyond politicsThe conclave platform transformed into a veritable battleground for 2019 with rhetorical duels even as Adele’s song Skyfall played in the background. The session, ‘Bengal Tiger and 2019: Will it Roar?’, had BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly saying how rising communalism in the state wasn’t her party’s fault but was due to the failing law and order situation in Mamata Banerjee’s reign. The Left, represen­ted by Lok Sabha MP Mohammed Salim, didn’t let her party off easily, saying “the politicisation of religion happened only after Modi and Mamata came to power”.advertisement”Religion in a place of worship is okay, but why are you taking it to the streets?” Salim asked Ganguly. Alleging that Mamata was “the greatest invention of the RSS” and that she had sought its help to oust the Left, the Left MP said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mamata were engaged in “a mock WWF fight”. “Bengal always had religious processions. The polarisation started under Mamata’s rule,” said Roopa Ganguly. (Photo: India Today Group)So is the Left now irrelevant in the state? Former CPI(M) MP Malini Bhattacharya certainly seemed to think that not all is lost. Accusing the BJP and the Trinamool Congress of engaging in “overt competition and covert collusion” in the session ‘Competitive Communalism – Streets on Fire or Rigged Riots?’, she said, “Just because we are not in power doesn’t mean the party has become irrelevant. Ours is a fight for the politics of right and not politics of fear and favouritism.” Assistant professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Garga Chatterjee said the only variable in the Bengal political equation was the BJP and hence it must be blamed for the communal violence in the state. “It’s because there’s a new kid on the block, the BJP, they are the cause,” Chatterjee said. BJP state vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar attacked the Trinamool for its doublespeak, “Mamata Banerjee blames the BJP-ruled UP and Maharashtra government if there’s communal violence, but when it happens in Bengal, they blame it on outside influences, specifically the BJP bringing in outsiders. The government and chief minister should reply.”The sessions, ‘Left or Right – Which way will Bengal sway?’ and ‘The Saffron Tide and The Great Eastern Hope – What Lies Ahead’ took the battle narrative forward. Fresh entrant into the TMC, journalist Chandan Mitra admitted that “the BJP is the alternative for those who don’t want to go with the Trinamool”, he was not ready to accept that Banerjee’s popularity had been dented and that the BJP would get over half of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, as claimed by Mukul Roy, once the TMC second-in-command and now the BJP’s poll strategist in the state.Ties that bindOn the mahagathbandhan issue, ambiguity reigned, though Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala agreed that regional considerations have to be made in making alliances. He attacked the BJP for “manufacturing majority in backrooms” to which Himanta Biswa Sarma retorted: “When the Congress forms alliances, it’s pure gold, and when BJP does it, it’s manufactured.” The Congress, TMC and Left speakers all stressed on how “2019 will see a fight of ideology”, and chorused the need of coming together on an ideological platform as a prescription to ‘Stemming the Saffron Tide’.Union MoS for heavy industries, Babul Supriyo, who spoke for ‘The Great Eastern Hope: What Lies Ahead?’ said the BJP was also fighting a battle against “Mamata Banerjee’s ideology of simple living and violent thinking”. Quoting a line from Ram Gopal Varma’s 2005 political thriller Sarkar, he said that “if you want to defeat a sarkar, you must first destroy its ideology”, adding that the time had come to expose the skewed ideology of the ruling TMC in Bengal.advertisement “We are also fighting Mamata’s ideology of simple living and violent thinking”, said Babul Supriyo (Photo: India Today Group)Meanwhile, even as the BJP, Left and Congress tried pulling down Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Best Bengal’ (a phrase coined by Mukesh Ambani) exhortations by pointing to the “anarchic law and order situation” which is “100 per cent extortionist” (or so alleged Ganguly), the business fraternity — Investors Inc — said it was still ready to ‘Bet Big for Bengal’, saying the state was “an outstanding place to do business and invest in”.Backing up the claim, Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, said he had in the past five years invested Rs 21,000 crore in the state. Later, at the session ‘GST and After’, state finance minister Amit Mitra accused the Modi government of being immature. “There seems to be a lack of trust within the central government, they are taking big decisions without doing their homework,” he said. At a time when states have suffered a revenue loss of Rs 55,400 crore in the past eight months because of a “dysfunctional GST regime”, bringing petroleum products under it “will be another big mess”, Mitra warned.”In 2009, Mamata supported GST to safeguard the MSMEs, for they brought in the most jobs and were having to face 20 different taxes and an inspector raj. But now, MSMEs, exports, they have all collapsed with a fall in working capital,” Mitra explained. Asked if Mamata would be a consensus choice for prime minister, Mitra, ever the trusted lieutenant, said “she is not interested in the chair” and that she fights for causes. “If India is going down today and the Indian economy is collapsing, she will take it up as a cause to save it,” he said.The citizenship debate”We will not allow infiltrators to remain on our soil. Infiltrators will have to go… this is the general rule for every country,” thundered BJP general secretary Ram Madhav in the ‘Citizen Kaun? Insider-Outsider’ session. He reminded the audience how way back in 2005, it was the West Bengal chief minister had raised the issue but now “the Great Mamata has become the champion of infiltrators”. Meanwhile, as a friendly neighbour “Bangladesh will open its arms and accept our nationals living illegally in India… but India will have to successfully prove their identity,” said Gowhar Rizvi, advisor to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Ram Madhav (Photo: India Today Group)”In the past 10 years, India has never taken up illegal immigration with Bangladesh but a time may come when the two countries will talk. We are mature countries and have friendly relations,” he added. “What Myanmar is doing with the Rohingya is genocide. Bangladesh has documented every Rohingya taking refuge with us. When it’s time and the situation improves, Myanmar will have to honour this and take them back.”advertisementNo Pushing BackThe chief ministers of Trip­ura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal — all either from the BJP or in alliance with it — praised Prime Minister Modi for bridging the psychological distance and bringing the Northeastern region closer to the Centre. Up and away: Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb takes on a 50 push-up challenge (Photo: India Today Group)Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma, who heads a six-party coalition where the BJP is a minor partner, felt the need of a “pan-Northeast party” representing the eight states to expr­ess and voice the aspirations of the region. However, he did admit that there’s a craze for Modi among the youth of the Northeast because they are convinced about his development vision.”The Centre is focused on ensuring that projects are implemented on time. Union minister Nitin Gadkari spent 10 hours to remove bottlenecks on projects. The Centre has sanctioned Rs 18,000 crore for my state,” Sangma said. N. Biren Singh, the chief minister of Manipur, said he switched to the BJP from the Congress because AICC president Rahul Gandhi refused to pay attention to the reasons responsible for the disintegration of the party. “I met him two or three times. He listened, but did not act,” Singh rued. “The various Congress governments at the Centre have not done enough for the Northeast. Imagine, even after 70 years of independence, Manipur did not have a direct flight to Delhi,” Singh added.But things are changing fast. “After 2014, Union ministers have visited the state 130 times. PM Modi himself has visited twice since 2014,” said Arunachal chief minister Pema Khandu, adding that the main focus was infrastructure development and connectivity. Indeed, as India Today chairman Aroon Purie pointed out, the Centre’s efforts had helped bridge the “margins with the mainstream” gap. “NDA Union ministers have visited the state 130 times. PM Modi himself visited us twice,” said Pema Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh CM (Photo: India Today Group)WETOO MomentsThe #MeToo moments of actresses Pooja Bhatt and Sreelekha Mitra soon became “we too”, with the audience applauding the bravehearts. “When you speak uncomfortable truths in a world of lies, people tend to turn a deaf ear. I believe that truth does not require PR,” said Bhatt. Sharing her own experiences, Bhatt opined that “Bollywood shows allegiances at weddings and funerals, but not when you are going through fire. I am surprised that people are silencing Tanushree. But for every bully, someone needs to stand up”. Preity Zinta, in her session ‘Kabhi alvida na kehna’, said: “If you cannot support Tanushree, then shut up.” “When something like the Tanushree incident happens, you need a thick skin to deal with what will follow,” said Preity Zinta. (Photo: India Today Group)Abhishek Bachchan felt that “if this has happened, it is very sad… but it’s important that we listen before we judge”. Talking about his two-year hiatus from the industry, Bachchan rubbished talks of nepotism and shared how father Amitabh Bachchan will always leave him a fan boy. That said, remakes of Big B films are a strict “no-no”. As Bachchan Jr put it, he wouldn’t be able “to bring anything new to the table”.last_img read more