Siliguri (West Bengal) [India], May 14 (ANI): West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Friday said the people fear to go to police stations and the state police is afraid of ruling party workers.
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CALGARY — A judge has dismissed an attempt to quash the United Conservative government's inquiry into whether foreign groups have conspired against Alberta's oil industry. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner says the environmental law firm Ecojustice failed to prove the inquiry was called to intimidate charities that have raised concerns about the industry. She also says there's no reason to believe that the political context around the inquiry suggests it's biased. The provincial government and some industry leaders have said Canadian environmental charities that accept U.S. funding are part of a plot against Alberta's energy industry. The province has said the plot aims to block pipelines and landlock Alberta's oil to benefit its American competitors. Legal scholars and non-profit groups say the inquiry is an attempt to bully and silence industry critics. The inquiry's final report, already delayed, is due May 31. More coming ... The Canadian Press
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DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man suspected in the death of his wife who disappeared on Mother’s Day 2020 is also accused of submitting a fraudulent vote on her behalf for Donald Trump in November’s presidential election, newly released court documents show. Barry Morphew told investigators he mailed the ballot on behalf of his wife, Suzanne Morphew, to help Trump win, saying “all these other guys are cheating,” and that he thought his wife would have voted for Trump anyway, according to an arrest warrant affidavit signed Thursday by a judge in Chaffee County. Morphew, 53, faces possible first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the disappearance of Suzanne Morphew on May 10, 2020. He was arrested May 5 and is currently being held in connection with that case. Barry Morphew posted a widely viewed video on Facebook pleading for her safe return shortly after she disappeared. Authorities say the arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation that has so far failed to find Suzanne Morphew’s body. After conducting over 135 searches across Colorado and interviewing 400 people in multiple states, investigators believe Suzanne Morphew is dead but have not found her body, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze has said. An arrest affidavit by Chaffee County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Claudette Hysjulien says the county clerk's office received a suspicious mail ballot in Suzanne Chaffee's name in October. Sheriff's investigators saw the ballot, which had been mailed by the state to Suzanne Chaffee, lacked Suzanne's signature, as required by law, but that Barry Morphew had signed it as a witness. Morphew was interviewed by two FBI agents about the ballot in April. Asked why he sent it, he told the agents, “Just because I wanted Trump to win," according to the affidavit. “I just thought, give him another vote.” Asked if he knew it is illegal to send someone else's ballot, Morphew replied: “I didn't know you couldn't do that for your spouse.” The affidavit says Morphew faces two new counts: felony forgery and misdemeanor ballot fraud. On Friday, Morphew was being advised of the new charges in Chaffee County District Court. James Anderson, The Associated Press
RADNOR, Pa., May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a securities fraud class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Romeo Power, Inc. (“Romeo”) (NYSE: RMO; RMO.WT) f/k/a RMG Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: RMG; RMG.U; RMG.WS) on behalf of those who purchased or acquired Romeo securities between October 5, 2020 and March 30, 2021, inclusive (the “Class Period”). Lead Plaintiff Deadline: June 15, 2021 Website: https://www.ktmc.com/romeo-powerclass-action-lawsuit?utm_source=PR&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=romeo Contact: James Maro, Esq. (484) 270-1453 Adrienne Bell, Esq. (484) 270-1435 Toll free (844) 887-9500 Romeo is an energy technology company focused on designing and manufacturing lithium-ion battery modules and packs for commercial electric vehicles. The complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period, the defendants concealed that: (1) Romeo had only two battery cell suppliers, not four; (2) the future potential risks that the defendants warned of concerning supply disruption or shortage had already occurred and were already negatively affecting Romeo’s business, operations and prospects; (3) Romeo did not have the battery cell inventory to accommodate end-user demand and ramp up production in 2021; (4) Romeo’s supply constraint was a material hindrance to Romeo’s revenue growth; and (5) Romeo’s supply chain for battery cells was not hedged, but in fact, was totally at risk and beholden to just two battery cell suppliers and the spot market for their 2021 inventory. Romeo investors may, no later than June 15, 2021, seek to be appointed as a lead plaintiff representative of the class through Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP or other counsel, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. A lead plaintiff is a representative party who acts on behalf of all class members in directing the litigation. In order to be appointed as a lead plaintiff, the Court must determine that the class member’s claim is typical of the claims of other class members, and that the class member will adequately represent the class. Your ability to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision of whether or not to serve as a lead plaintiff. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP prosecutes class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country involving securities fraud, breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of state and federal law. Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP is a driving force behind corporate governance reform, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual investors from the United States and around the world. The firm represents investors, consumers and whistleblowers (private citizens who report fraudulent practices against the government and share in the recovery of government dollars). The complaint in this action was not filed by Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP. For more information about Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP please visit www.ktmc.com. CONTACT: Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLPJames Maro, Jr., Esq.Adrienne Bell, Esq.280 King of Prussia RoadRadnor, PA 19087(844) 887-9500 (toll free)firstname.lastname@example.org
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The Arkansas Department of Transportation, meanwhile, said a video taken by an inspector two years ago found “significant rust and the beginning of a crack" in the same area as the fracture that prompted the bridge's shutdown this week. More than 45 tug boats hauling about 700 barges had been idled along the river south and north of the bridge, waiting for clearance. Now they can cross under the Hernando De Soto Bridge, Petty Officer Carlos Galarza told The Associated Press. Economic development officials had been concerned that an extended closure of river traffic could hurt the region's economy and have ripple effects on the nation’s supply chain. The bridge itself will remain closed to vehicles indefinitely, with road traffic rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south. River traffic under the six-lane bridge was shut down Tuesday after inspectors found a “significant fracture” in one of two 900-foot (274-meter) horizontal steel beams that are crucial for the bridge’s integrity, said Lorie Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Engineers wanted to ensure the bridge could stand on its own before reopening river traffic. “Based on information provided to us by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard has determined that transit under the I-40 bridge is safe for maritime traffic,” said Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Rhodes, captain of the Port of Memphis, said in a statement. The Arkansas Department of Transportation on Friday said an image captured by an inspector's drone video in May 2019 showed evidence of damage on the lower side of the bridge, the same area as the crack that was discovered this week. DOT spokesman Dave Parker said the damage was found by a consulting firm that was inspecting the bridge's cables that year. “ARDOT is now investigating to see if that damage was noted in a September 2019 inspection report and, if so, what actions were taken," the agency said in a statement. The bridge remained closed as negotiations intensified between the White House and a group of Republican senators over a potential infrastructure package. Democrats have said the shutdown highlights the urgent need for more infrastructure funding. Republicans have called for a infrastructure plan with a smaller price tag than President Joe Biden's and with a narrower definition of public works. The Arkansas Trucking Association on Friday estimated the closure would cost the trucking industry at least $2.4 million a day because of the longer routes to cross the river. The group used data provided by the American Transportation Research Institute. Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton said the trip on the I-40 bridge between the two states averaged eight minutes. Since the I-40 bridge closure, trips on the I-55 bridge being used as the closest alternate route have averaged 84 minutes. “Even if you’re looking at 6-8 weeks, that's an incredible expenditure that the industry can’t simply absorb," Newton said. In an inspection for the 2020 National Bridge Inventory report, the Federal Highway Administration said the I-40 bridge checked out in fair condition overall, with all primary structure elements sound and only some minor cracks and chips in the overall structure. Its structural evaluation checked out “somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is.” However, height and width clearances for oversize vehicles were “basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrective action,” the inspectors found. Tennessee recommended “bridge deck replacement with only incidental widening.” Arkansas transportation officials said the crack did not appear in the last inspection of the bridge, which occurred in September 2020. The bridge opened in 1973 and carries an average of about 50,000 vehicles a day, with about a quarter being trucks, Tennessee transportation officials said. Tug boats pushing barges could be seen passing under the bridge shortly after the Coast Guard's announcement Friday. Some onlookers came to a riverside park to get a glimpse of the huge vessels. ___ DeMillo reported from Little Rock, Arkansas. Adrian Sainz And Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press
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TORONTO — Jeff Barnaby is a visionary in the filmmaking world — so much so that it seems the industry is still trying to figure out where he fits, he says. His Indigenous zombie horror "Blood Quantum" is the leading film contender for next week's Canadian Screen Awards with 10 nominations, including best editing and screenplay for Barnaby. And yet he says he's struggling to land his next project. The Montreal-based Mi’kmaq writer-director says he has many things in the works but, as he tweeted this week, the one big project he had high hopes for "got shot down" and he's trying to figure out what the industry wants. "I'm almost an institution unto myself in the sense that my stories are particular to my tribe. And I think it's hard sometimes to apply that to a more general audience," Barnaby, who also gained acclaim with his 2013 debut feature "Rhymes for Young Ghouls," said this week by phone. "So I think, to a certain extent, nobody knows what to do with me. They don't know how to plug-and-play an auteur filmmaker that writes Mi'kmaq stories. So it's kind of hard to fault the industry, because they don't know what they're doing, to be frank. And nobody can tell them, because nobody's done it yet. Nobody's figured it out." He also feels he has to wait for the culture to catch up to the contemporary Indigenous work he's doing. "Blood Quantum," an apocalyptic tale of a plague infecting non-Indigenous people outside a fictional First Nations reserve, is not just an ode to classic horror movies but also a commentary on colonialism. And "Rhymes for Young Ghouls" is a stylized look at an Indigenous teen who resorts to selling drugs to avoid going to residential school in 1976. Barnaby said he's now writing a "cosmic horror road movie" titled "The Old Breed." "I wrote 'Blood Quantum' 13, 14 years ago, and it took that long for the zeitgeist to catch up to the concepts that were being executed," he said. "And even then, it took a pandemic that we're still in to bring those ideas to the fore for everybody to better understand them." Of course, the pandemic also poses another problem for getting work, as the industry faces theatre closures, expensive and time-consuming COVID-19 protocols on sets and pared-down cast and crew numbers. "I'm getting the sense — from the three-times-removed that I am from the actual centre of decision-making — that everybody's downsizing, everybody's shrinking their outfits to better accommodate the belt-tightening that's going have to happen when all these theatres invariably close down, because it doesn't look like we're getting out of this pandemic anytime soon," Barnaby said. "So I think we're in this flux where a lot of people are going to be shifting focus more to television, and for a filmmaker, that's a weird space to be." Some parts of the industry still haven't found their footing on a push to increase representation and diversity throughout the screen sector, he added. "There's no shortage of hospital shows but they can only have one Native show at a time on here," said Barnaby. "A lot of time you'll hear, 'Oh, we already have our Native show' or something like that." While the industry declares that voices of Black, Indigenous and people of colour need to take centre stage, "the reality is, when you look behind those productions, none of the creators are actually people of colour or just different points of view," Barnaby added. The CBC's heralded Indigenous coming-of-age series "Trickster" was "supposed to be the next step" on that front, proving to executives who have been "scared to take that next step" that "Native people can do it, too," Barnaby said. But the show, which has 15 CSA nominations, was cancelled after just one season in January amid controversy over co-creator Michelle Latimer's claims of Indigenous ancestry. "And you're smash-cutting right back to the beginning again, when you think you made all this progress," Barnaby said. Barnaby grew up on the Listuguj Reserve in Quebec and has also helmed many short films, including the Jutra Award-nominated "The Colony" and the Genie-nominated "File Under Miscellaneous." He said the other projects he's working on include a possible TV show with Chris Lavis, co-director of the Oscar-nominated animated short "Madame Tutli-Putli." He also edited an upcoming stop-motion animated film by Terril Calder for the National Film Board of Canada, and has "continued to explore" the world of "Blood Quantum" and Red Crow, the fictional reserve that provides the setting of both of his features. "It's not everybody that can say, 'I've only worked on my own material and I've only committed myself to Indigenous storytellers or Indigenous stories.' I can say that," Barnaby said. "I mean, it hasn't really benefited me actually, but artistically you have moments like (the CSAs) and I really just appreciate everybody else finally getting acknowledged for the work that they do." The Canadian Screen Awards will air Monday through Thursday, in a series of livestreamed presentations on the website and social media channels of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Days after National Guard members killed four Kent State University students who were protesting the Vietnam War, white police officers marched onto the campus of a historically Black college in Mississippi’s capital city to violently suppress protests against racism. Officers shot indiscriminately after someone threw a bottle. The gunfire killed two people, injured 12 and shattered windows of a women’s dormitory where officers claimed — falsely — that they had seen a sniper. Students who earned degrees that year received their diplomas in the mail, if at all. Now, a lifetime later, Jackson State University is honoring the Class of 1970 in a ceremony delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Grads are invited back for a salute to their academic achievements, with organizers expecting about 70 of the 400-plus class members for Saturday's ceremony. James “Lap” Baker is now retired from a career in urban planning, but he'll be wearing a cap and gown for the bachelor’s in geography he completed that year. Baker vividly recalls crawling through the grass the night of the shootings to return unharmed to his off-campus apartment. He believes officers planned the assault on Black students. No officer ever faced criminal charges, and an all-white jury awarded no money to the Black victims' families in a civil lawsuit. “I call it a massacre,” Baker told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Uprisings against the Vietnam War happened on many U.S. college campuses in 1970. The National Guard attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State in Ohio still largely overshadows the bloodshed at Jackson State, where Baker said racist behavior by local white residents was the big issue. During the '60s and into 1970, white people driving to downtown Jackson would often use a busy street through the campus of what was then Jackson State College, and some would yell racial slurs, throw bottles and endanger Black pedestrians. Disturbances broke out the nights of May 13 and 14 at Jackson State, according to a report published in September 1970 by the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. Appointed by then-President Richard Nixon, the panel investigated events at Kent State, Jackson State and elsewhere. Based on interviews with witnesses, the commission reported that on the night of May 14, false rumors spread that Mississippi civil rights leader Charles Evers had been killed. He was elected in 1969 as mayor of Fayette and became the first Black person since Reconstruction to lead a multiracial city in the state. His brother, Mississippi NAACP leader Medgar Evers, was assassinated in Jackson in 1963. Baker said he doesn't remember hearing that rumor. He recalled Black students were fed up with racist behavior by white people. The commission reported that people on campus had been throwing rocks at white motorists. Students gathered outside the Alexander Hall women's dormitory and B.F. Roberts dining hall across the street — some protesting, others simply enjoying each other's company as women returned to the dorm before curfew. Officers from the Jackson Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol marched onto campus. “You could hear them marching in — shoom, shoom, shoom, shoom,” Baker said, imitating the sound. After midnight May 15, a Highway Patrol officer using a bullhorn addressed students, Baker said. Someone in the crowd threw a bottle that shattered. “When he stepped out and said, ‘May I have your attention please,’ that’s when the bottle was thrown and all hell broke loose," Baker recalled. A Jackson TV reporter recorded 28 seconds of gunfire, the commission reported. When it ended, 21-year-old Phillip Gibbs and 17-year-old James Green were dead. Twelve others were bleeding. Windows of Alexander Hall were shattered, and walls were left with pockmarks still visible today. Gibbs was a Jackson State pre-law student who was married and had one son with another on the way. Green was a high school student who lived near campus, and had been walking home from his job at a convenience store, said Gloria Green McCray, one of his eight siblings. She recalled hearing shots that night. McCray said her brother, a year older than her, was handsome, funny and kind. “He had the personality of Bill Cosby, the look of Billy Dee Williams,” McCray said. Their mother walked in Green's place when his Jim Hill High School class graduated weeks after he was killed. “She said the hardest experience she had was losing her child,” McCray said of their mother, who died about five years ago. Jackson State is awarding posthumous honorary doctorate degrees to Gibbs and Green. Their sisters will accept those — McCray for Green and Nerene Gibbs Wray for Gibbs. The once-busy street through campus was closed years ago and turned into a pedestrian zone named the Gibbs-Green Memorial Plaza. Saturday's ceremony takes place there. It reclaims the heart of the campus for alumni who built fond memories there, long before the shooting started. ____ Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter at http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press
New York, New York--(Newsfile Corp. - May 14, 2021) - The Klein Law Firm announces that a class action complaint has been filed on behalf of shareholders of Romeo Power, Inc. (NYSE: RMO) alleging that the Company violated federal securities laws.Class Period: October 5, 2020 and March 30, 2021Lead Plaintiff Deadline: June 15, 2021Learn more about your recoverable losses in RMO:http://www.kleinstocklaw.com/pslra-1/romeo-power-inc-loss-submission-form?id=15877&from=5The filed complaint alleges that Romeo Power, Inc. made materially false and/or misleading statements ...
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