Dhaka, Oct 18 (UNB) - F Minor, country's first all-female indigenous band, performed at the city's EMK Center on Thursday evening.
The band performed several songs, including indigenous songs of Hajong, Garo, Marma and Tripura communities, at the event.
They also performed several of their Bengali compositions including the much acclaimed 'Jongla Phool'.
With Pinky Chiran (vocals), Nadia Ritchil (guitar and vocals), Gloria Manda (lead guitar), Diba Chicham (cajon and drums) representing the Garo community and Akiu Marma (keyboards) representing the Marma community- the band was formed in October 2016 by the founder Jadu Ritchil.
F Minor became immensely popular after the release of their acclaimed track 'Nishi Raiter Jongla Phool' this year which went viral on social media platforms.
White Plains, OCT 18 (AP/UNB) — Twelve women say in a lawsuit that they were sexually abused as children while attending a prestigious school for the hearing impaired.
The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday against the New York School for the Deaf, alleges that a now-deceased dormitory housemaster, Joseph Casucci, molested multiple girls on a daily basis in a bunkhouse style dorm 1964 and 1975. The suit says the victims were as young as 4 years old.
"It was a nightly routine and we were just little girls," one of the plaintiffs, Damita Jo Damiano, said through a sign interpreter. "It was the routine we would come to expect: We would do homework, take showers and the abuse would begin. It was normalized."
The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they decide to tell their stories publicly. Damiano and another plaintiff spoke at a press conference with their lawyers.
Steve Straus, a lawyer representing the school in White Plains, also known as Fanwood, said the institution "exists to educate deaf and hearing-impaired children and provide the tools needed for lifelong success. As this matter is in suit, I am unable to comment other than to say that the claims allege conduct occurring about 50 years ago."
The lawsuit was filed under the state's Child Victims Act , which extended the statute of limitations for lawsuits regarding child sexual abuse.
New York, OCT 18 (AP/UNB) — One model sashayed down the runway with a leather jacket and a guitar, basking in applause from the crowd. Another danced and strutted in a multicolored bomber coat.
A toddler had a little help with her modeling turn, holding on to an adult as she wore a peach outfit with a tutu. And another young woman wore a leopard coat over a T-Shirt with the message: "Go Love Yourself."
Though New York's Fashion Week wrapped more than a month ago, there was plenty of fierce fashion at the second annual "Gigi's Playhouse Fashion Show" on Wednesday, an event that allows young people with Down syndrome to share their talent.
Gigi's Playhouse is a national education and achievement center that prepares young people with Down syndrome, from infants to teens, to engage more fully in their homes, schools and communities. Eileen McClary, an associate for the New York chapter and director of the fashion show, said the event was an effort to let its members be advocates for the center.
"I think it's clear from all of the models that it was a wild success, and it kind of blends the two intersections of my life, which are philanthropy and fashion," she said.
Laura Lyle, 16, one of the models, was beaming after the show.
"It was really fun. I loved walking down, showing everybody the outfits, and I feel like we're making a difference," she said.
Malik Jabbar, 15, who modeled last year, said some of the participants may have found their next calling. "We walked down the aisle, we see beautiful faces, and the smiles on (all of) us," he said. "In the future, we'll all become the next top 10 models."
An after-party helped raise money for the chapter. While there were lots of hands needed to put on the event, including Gigi's Playhouse staff, Bloomingdale's and volunteers, McClary said seeing all the happy faces on the catwalk and in the audience made it all worth it.
"It just shows the power and just involvement of this (Down syndrome) community, and I can't wait to do more things with them," she said. "To me, it's one of the most inspiring things that you could ever be a part of. ... All of these models are some of the happiest people I've ever come in contact with. And if you ever want to feel joy like I think this entire store felt tonight, you can be a part of this."
New York, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — As he worked on early drafts of "The Catcher in the Rye," a novel which proved both scandalous and life-changing, J.D. Salinger considered adding his generation's idea of a trigger alert.
"I think there's going to be a lot of swearing and sexy stuff in this book," warns narrator Holden Caulfield, in a paragraph on page 18 of Salinger's manuscript, part of an upcoming exhibition at the New York Public Library. "I can't help it. You'll probably think I'm a very dirty guy and that I come from a terrible family and all."
"The trouble is," Holden adds, "everybody swears all the time. And everybody's pretty sexy."
Salinger apparently changed his mind. He drew a large X through the passage and wrote "delete" in the margins. Starting in 1951, when the book was published, millions of readers would discover the truth for themselves.
The library exhibit, titled "JD Salinger," opens Friday and runs through Jan. 19 at the historic 5th Avenue branch in Manhattan. It continues a surprisingly eventful centennial for Salinger, who died in 2010 and avoided publicity for much of his writing life. His literary estate approved new print editions for the first time in decades of the four books he allowed to come out in his lifetime — "The Catcher in the Rye," ''Franny and Zooey," ''Nine Stories" and "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction." And for the first time ever, the literary estate authorized e-book editions.
Salinger's estate is overseen in part by his son, Matt Salinger, who has also said that readers will, at some point, see the books his father worked on after he stopped publishing in the 1960s. In announcing the exhibit last week, the younger Salinger cited the public's lasting curiosity.
"When my father's long-time publisher, Little, Brown and Company, first approached me with plans for his centennial year my immediate reaction was that he would not like the attention," Matt Salinger wrote. "He was a famously private man who shared his work with millions, but his life and non-published thoughts with less than a handful of people, including me. But I've learned that while he may have only fathered two children there are a great, great many readers out there who have their own rather profound relationships with him, through his work, and who have long wanted an opportunity to get to know him better."
Drawing upon archives made available by Matt Salinger, the exhibit is not the tell-all that some fans might have wanted. There are no unreleased novels or stories, and no images of Salinger's widow, Colleen Salinger, or of the mother of Salinger's two children, Claire Douglas. His affair in the early 1970s with author Joyce Maynard, a college student when he befriended her, is not mentioned. But the library does offer an eclectic, revelatory and sometimes quirky range of materials, from a Royal manual typewriter to a bowl Salinger made as a boy to videocassettes of Marx Brothers comedies and other films he liked to watch. A bookcase from his bedroom includes "The Oxford Book of Detective Stories," a collection of Robert Browning poems and three volumes on "Zen and the Zen Classics," reflecting his immersion in Eastern religion and philosophy. Letters to his literary representatives document his immersion in the publishing process, from sales and royalties to the cover design of paperbacks.
Declan Kiely, the library's director of special collections and exhibitions, said that the materials on display demonstrated Salinger's "meticulousness, possibly bordering on the obsessive," although "obsessive in a good way."
"You have to be obsessive to produce a body of work, to be true to your art," Kelly said. "It (the exhibit) reveals Salinger the man — in terms of simple hobbies, the modesty, the quotidian aspects of his life. There's nothing fancy or frilly about Salinger."
Salinger's career as an author is captured through clippings of his early stories, manuscripts, copies of his books and letters to his publishers. A working draft of "Franny and Zooey" was titled "Ivanoff the Terrible, subtitled, "An Ontological Comic Drama With a Little Morning Music," and included an opening section which apparently refers to his years as a counter-intelligence officer in Europe during World War II. (Salinger fans had long wondered whether "Ivanoff" was a separate, unreleased book).
"Early in the Normandy campaign, we were issued little olive-drab crystal balls to help pass the time in the foxholes," Salinger writes, a reference to the D-Day invasion, when he was among those landing on Utah Beach. "Mine came with a rather ominous looking crack in it, but I see a few things, I see a few things ..."
The one-room library exhibit tracks Salinger's life. There are childhood photos and images from his military service, many highlighting his dark eyes, extended jaw and the hint of a Holden-like smirk. Pictures from the 1960s and 1970s with his children, Matt and Margaret, capture Salinger in middle age, in rural Cornish, New Hampshire. A handful of shots show him in old age, holding a grandchild or relaxing on the grounds of his home. After Salinger's death, an old friend from the military, John L. Keenan, wrote to Matt, telling him about his father's horrifying experiences, which led to his being hospitalized after the war.
"He was among the first American troops to enter Paris, as well as with the first American to cross the German border at the Siegfried Line. He endured the hardship and perils of the battles of the Bulge and the Ardennes forest," Keenan's letter reads. "Though like the rest of us, not happy to be there, he accepted his 'lot' and did more than what was expected of him. He was brave under fire and a loyal and dependable partner. On many occasions in the course of an assignment, although pinned down by artillery, machine gun or small arms fire, he did what had to be done.
"I admired him then and I grieve for him now."
Anchorage, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants.
Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades ignored or taken a defensive stance against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said Iditarod CEO Rob Urbach, who took the helm of the organization in July.
The old response hasn't worked, Urbach said. He has started talking to PETA about dog care and will meet Thursday with the group's executive vice president Tracy Reiman in Los Angeles.
"I'm coming in with open ears and eyes, to have an objective conversation about animal welfare," Urbach said Tuesday. "If there's something we can learn from their organization, I'm willing to listen."
Reiman plans to talk about the differences between "the needs and behavior of dogs and those of humans," she said in an email to The Associated Press.
She said it will be the third time she has talked with Urbach. The Thursday meeting will be the first in person, after Urbach asked to meet.
Reiman noted that as a former CEO of USA Triathlon, Urbach knows endurance sports but not when applied to dogs.
"You can't extrapolate from human experiences in endurance racing and apply the result to dogs who are driven past their limits," she said.
The Thursday summit, as Urbach calls it, comes after a difficult time for the Iditarod that was marked in recent years by escalating pressure from animal activists over multiple dog deaths, a 2017 dog-doping scandal and the loss of big-name sponsors.
Urbach said the Iditarod and PETA both care about animal welfare, and he hopes the two can find common ground through education about the race and treatment of the dogs.
However, he said PETA has long spread "grossly inaccurate and inflammatory" information about the Iditarod, saying it ruins dogs that don't die on the trail; dogs are kept outdoors in freezing temperatures; and ones that can't make the grade are killed.
Plenty of dogs have run the race multiple times with no harm, Urbach said, noting that Iditarod dogs are outdoor animals that train daily and are at their prime in sub-zero weather.
"There might have been some culling years ago, but that's not part of the Iditarod's culture going forward," Urbach said.
Reiman said human athletes aren't chained outside in freezing weather and they get proper nutrition and hydration. Her group has documented that Iditarod dogs are "fed rotten slop" and frozen water, she said.
"We're not opposed to a thousand-mile race, but the true test of endurance is when humans do it under their own power — as some have — and leave dogs out of it," she wrote.
By PETA's count, more than 150 dogs have died in the race, including one this year. Five dogs connected with the 2017 race also died.
Race officials dispute the total number of deaths and say no records on the subject were kept in the Iditarod's early years.