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Security beefed up at Ramanathaswamy temple

first_imgRameswaram (TN): Following the blasts that rocked Sri Lanka, security was Friday tightened at the Ramanathaswamy temple, police said here. Bomb disposal squads, sniffer dogs, baggage scanners and armed police personnel have been deployed as part of the security measures taken at the place of worship, superintendent of police Om Prakash Meena told reporters here. On Sunday last, multiple explosions ripped the island nation of Lanka killing over 250 people and leaving several others injured.last_img read more

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Bill to regulate Flag Coat of Arms introduced in Parliament

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe spirit of the bill was highly commended and widely supported, but the details were sorely and sometimes shamefully lacking as House of Assembly members debated the proposal of a law to govern how to use the flag, coat of arms and national symbols.  Premier Hon Rufus Ewing in presenting the Flag and Coat of Arms Bill 2016 cited that there is a dire need for clarity when it comes to what is official use of emblems like the coat of arms, for example.  Opposition Leader Sharlene Robinson pointed out that there were some things missing in the bill, including a thorough description of the coat of arms.  Many would have learned last year, when Howell died, that the song was actually never officially sanctioned as the national song.  Hon Delroy Williams questioned the country’s right to the song.   Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Governor’s Appointed member, Hon John Philips also called for a clear timeline to see the defined and precise colour codes outlined in the bill, instituted eventually.    Related Items:center_img Abruptly, the House of Assembly on this debate was shut down – sine die by Premier Hon Rufus Ewing yesterday evening. There was discussion too on merchandise currently bearing the flag and coat of arms and what would become of that merchandise, sold mainly to visitors to the country.  The Member from Wheeland added question about rights to the traditional national song, This land of Ours, written by the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.  Philips did not support that the bill puts a restriction on the use of the flag; he wants to see the TCI flag used in advertisements for the country more often.last_img read more

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PDM deputy leader says PNP has no respect for National Hero Memory

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 8, 2016 – The Minister of Finance called it an education to set the record straight Monday when he made a single early contribution on the Flag & Coat of Arms Bill 2016 during House of Assembly debate.It was under his administration that National Heroes Day was established, reminded Hon Washington Misick, and he was not going to be told he is not patriotic enough. “To have the gall to come in and say that we don’t respect his memory, or in somehow dishonoring the heritage and his contribution to make political mileage, I could not sit by and allow that to pass.  It was under my administration that the National Heroes ordinance was passed.”The heated explanation followed strong words from deputy leader of the PDM, Hon Sean Astwood who chided the government side for not showing up to the National Heroes Day Memorial Service, which he said was a public holiday.   Only Premier Rufus Ewing attended. “Some might get mad that I highlighted their absence, and that’s fine and good, but they would undoubtedly say that they have national pride,  but I can assure you, the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands and you yourself Mr. Speaker, did not see their pride displayed at that last National Heroes Day memorial ceremony.  Therefore Mr. Speaker let me put our country on notice, next year on National Heroes Day, under a PDM lead government, every minister, every member of Cabinet, every head of government departments, all school and uniformed officers will be mandated to turn out to official functions and parades.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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More TB suspected cases now at CH Reeves Jr High in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Union of Teachers President says the Minister of Health and Minister of Education are communicating continually as it relates to the confirmation of Tuberculosis at RM Bailey High school in Nassau, and that is good news since there is now reason to suspect TB is cropping up at CH Reeves.Belinda Wilson has requested that the junior high teachers at CH be given the Mantoux test for TB, it is suspected there are two cases at the school, also located in Nassau.   In a Nassau Guardian interview, the BUT president said parents of CH Reeves students have been contacted already, she also said, despite a responsive and meticulous approach by education and public health officials, there is an “outbreak, and I think there is a need for concern”.Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd believes otherwise, saying the matter is isolated and that there is no cause for alarm.    At last check, there were well over 200 cases of tuberculosis recorded in recent weeks in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#moreTBcasesinBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moreTBcasesinBahamaslast_img read more

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GQ Censored by Hudson News—Again

first_imgHudson News is at it again.The company, which operates more than 500 newsstands in major cities, airports and train stations—including New York’s Grand Central Terminal—is treating GQ’s July issue, which features a nude Sacha Baron Cohen (as his flamboyantly gay Brüno character) on its cover “like pornography,” according to the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog.The newsstand took the liberty of covering up the bottom half of the July cover with a black “blinder.” While it might seem somewhat surprising, given the influx of nudity on covers recently (see Samir Husni’s helpful roundup), it really shouldn’t be. Hudson News, a notoriously conservative chain, has done this sort of thing before—and often.Last December, GQ’s much talked-about January 2009 cover—featuring Jennifer Aniston wearing nothing more than a tie and a smile—was covered up by Hudson News in Grand Central. (The newsstand placed a piece of paper across the issue in its window display, but copies inside remained uncovered.)In June 2006, Hudson News censored the first of five consecutive issues of FHM, including a cover featuring Brooke Hogan—Hulk Hogan’s then underage daughter—which prompted liquor advertisers to pull out of the magazine.If the retailer was hoping to draw attention away from magazines baring all on covers(and putting it in the window isn’t exactly a sign they want to),censoring them, as one might expect, tends to have the opposite effect.The first FHM cover covered up by Hudson News sold over 400,000 copieson newsstands, well above its 350,000 average. And GQ’s Aniston cover sold some 370,000 copies—up 90 percent over its January 2008 cover, making it the single best-selling GQ issue in over 10 years.last_img read more

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Forbes Launches a Book Imprint

first_img A merging of complementary offerings, the partnership forms the next logical pillar in Forbes’ portfolio of products, which includes the eponymous biweekly magazine, website, research, and native advertising platform BrandVoice, Nina La France, Forbes’ SVP of consumer marketing and business development tells Folio:. In a bid to diversify the bottom line by adding another revenue stream to the mix — the mark of a healthy, or at least proactive, media company in 2016 — Forbes Media is entering the book business. Forbes and book publisher Advantage Media Group announced this week the launch of ForbesBooks, a new imprint aimed at marrying Advantage’s book publishing inroads with Forbes’ brand recognition, distribution channels, and cross-platform audience.  “ForbesBooks authors are entrepreneurs, innovators, CEOs, and business owners,” Adam Witty, Advantage’s founder and CEO, adds. “Allowing them to hold the copyright gives them the freedom and flexibility to monetize their work beyond just book sales by using their work to stimulate business development and lead generation, speaking opportunities, and consulting engagements; ancillary product creation.” Forbes Media declined to provide information on the actual revenue breakdown between Forbes, Advantage, and the authors themselves, but one interesting facet of the partnership is that authors themselves will retain copyright. A ForbesBooks editorial team will operate in-house at Advantage, with Forbes offering “general oversight,” which consists of brand standards and guidelines as well as marketing support, says La France, but the real punch behind the Forbes end of the partnership will be access to its various media channels. ForbesBooks authors will essentially be given the media brand as a platform to promote their writing and thought leadership through a dedicated blog on Forbes.com (48 million unique monthly visitors) as well as promotion on the site, in the print magazine, and approximately two-dozen newsletters. Forbes may be an old dog, but the 99-year-old brand is no stranger to new tricks. “This deal is the result of many conversations with Advantage Media Group and its founder, Adam Witty, that led us to see synergies we believe will be the foundation of a productive relationship,” says La France. “Forbes sees adding a book imprint to its business as a unique growth opportunity in the marketplace. This expansion is in line with our strategy to diversify revenue streams and expand our global reach.”last_img read more

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WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Defeat Lexington Moran Picks Up Another Win

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (6-3) defeated Lexington by a score of 4-2 on Thursday, May 9, 2019.The Wildcats did not score until the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, lead off batter Jenna Sweeney singled. Ashley Crawford doubled her home for the first run of the game. Ally Moran earned an RBI with a single plating Crawford.In top of fourth inning, Lexington got one back when their lead off batter doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a successful suicide squeeze. Ashley Crawford came up big today when she threw out the first of two runners trying to steal second.In the top of the fifth inning, Jenna Sweeney made a nice put out tagging a base runner who turned the wrong way on an infield error.In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Wildcats scored another run when shortstop Kayla Bourrell led off with a single. She was able to score all way from first on an error on Kacie Bourrell bunt.The Wildcats got another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Bella Kieran led off with a single. Ryan Bailey executed the short game very nicely by dropping down an excellent sacrifice bunt moving Kieran to second. Chase Andersen hit the ball well but right at the left fielder. Cassidy Ross (running for Kieran) was able to advance to third on an errant throw back to the infield. Kayla Bourrell got herself an RBI with single to center.Ally Moran again went the distance striking out 11 while not allowing one base on balls.“Today we made the plays that we needed to make,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “We threw out two runners who tried to steal and our outfielders made very close plays on runners trying to advance. We also played much better defensively today.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Bats Come Alive, Defat Stoneham HighIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Lose To Melrose By 1 Run, Storm Back With 12-Run Win Over Greater LowellIn “Sports”last_img read more

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY Gas Line Installation On Lowell Street To Cause Delays Beginning Monday

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a message from the Town of Wilmington to drivers:National Grid is starting a gas line installation on Monday, May 20, 2019 along the eastbound shoulder of Lowell Street from Main Street to Maple Meadow Brook. Please expect minor traffic delays during roadwork construction.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 StreetsIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Construction At Lowell St. & Woburn St. Intersection On October 16; Avoid AreaIn “Government”TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Lowell Street Sewer Project To Begin November 6In “Government”last_img read more

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The Hustle review Love the players but not the game

first_imgHathaway and Wilson try to outwit one another on the Riviera. MGM Sometimes you see a trailer for a film and you get a strong feeling in your gut that screams: “This film is definitively ME!” Other times, you don’t get that feeling, even though the trailer seems to be trying really hard to tell you: “This film is definitively YOU!”Ads for The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, have been following me around the internet relentlessly for weeks, and in this age of hyper-targeted, data-driven advertising, I came to the obvious conclusion that as a youngish, city-dwelling woman with tastes spanning the low- and high-brow, I epitomize the target audience for this movie. So of course I was obliged to roll up my sleeves and toddle off to discover if the ads were indeed correct.The Hustle, opening May 10, is a remake of the 1988 movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, which is a remake of the 1964 film Bedtime Story starring Marlon Brando and David Niven. Hathaway plays haughty, illustrious con artist Josephine and Wilson is déclassé small-time scammer Penny. When they meet en route to French resort town Beaumont-sur-Mer, a great frenemy-ship commences in which they learn they can at once collaborate and undo one another.In fairness to the algorithms that sent The Hustle my way, all the ingredients were there: Hathaway, Wilson, a women-centric retelling, the glitzy Riviera setting, a continental train journey harking back to the golden age of rail travel, an opportunity to root for the bad guys. Yet somehow they didn’t quite come together. I was hoping for an Ocean’s 8 companion piece, but in the end the film lacked the high glamour, the high stakes and the sprawling action I craved. The only things the two films have in common are a life-of-crime theme and Hathaway dazzling as she exploits her comedic talent for transforming herself, chameleon-like, into immensely charming characters, with a sly wink to the audience. Unfortunately, even this isn’t consistent, as Josephine’s default setting in The Hustle is a poe-faced English toff who’s ultimately too cold to evoke much empathy, with an accent so unconvincing you keep waiting for it to be revealed as a joke. The habit of leaning entirely on a faux-posh English accent to substitute for a proper personality is especially tired to the British at this stage in cinematic history (and surely must also be wearing thin elsewhere too). You imagine British director Chris Addison, with his history of working on highly nuanced British comedies like The Thick of It and In the Loop with Armando Iannucci would be aware of this and would be able to deftly dodge it. No such luck.Wilson holds up her end of the deal with her own unique comedic style and timing, making Penny into The Hustle’s most redeeming feature. She gets the best lines, and makes the best of them too. She shines especially brightly in a funny and action-packed opening sequence in which she catfishes men using a dating app, but this section overpromises on behalf of the rest of the film.Penny and Josephine work in competition with one another to exploit a proto-Zuckerberg tech tycoon, played so convincingly by Alex Sharp that this could serve as his audition for a sequel to The Social Network. Without giving too much away, if reversing the gender roles was supposed to be a feminist statement, it gets a little muddled here, and carries the movie downhill towards its conclusion.If you’ve seen Dirty Rotten Scoundrels you’ll already be familiar with the story’s twist. I was bracing myself for a twist on the twist that unfortunately never came. Like the slew of characters led down the garden path (sometimes quite literally) in the movie, I feel like The Hustle was all a big setup. Post a comment TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice 2019 movies to geek out over Tags 0last_img read more

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San Francisco joins the fight to make Uber and Lyft drivers employees

first_img Driver strife Uber proposes $20M settlement of driver classification lawsuit Lyft and Juno sue NYC over driver pay rules Uber drivers protest low pay ahead of multibillion-dollar IPO After hearing from the drivers, the four supervisors at the committee hearing all agreed more had to be done to protect gig workers. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, who is chairman of the committee, got choked up saying how hard it was to hear their stories.”I was thinking about the arrogance of people a decade ago that promised disruption, and boy have they delivered,” Mandelman said. “In large part relying on a business model that dismantles more than half a century of advances in worker protections.”He and the other supervisors pledged to get the entire Board of Supervisors to pass the San Francisco resolution supporting AB 5. Mandelman said he’d be surprised if the resolution didn’t pass unanimously. AB 5 passed the California State Assembly on May 29 in a 53 to 11 vote. The State Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill on July 10.Originally published June 28. Update, July 1: Amends language on possible outcome if AB 5 is signed into law.     56 Share your voice An Uber spokesman said the company isn’t taking a position on AB 5.”We are not seeking a carve out, rather we are seeking new legislation that would give drivers the protections and commitments that they are asking for while providing protections for our business model,” the Uber spokesman said.Nearly every driver who spoke at the committee hearing on Friday said they wanted California to pass AB 5 and they wanted San Francisco to support the bill. Many cited a May study by the Economic Policy Institute that says the average wage for a US ride-hail driver is $9.21 per hour after deducting expenses, such as gas and maintenance. “The only benefit I get with Uber and Lyft is diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol,” said Al Aloudi, who has driven for the two companies since 2015. “Uber and Lyft give us messages that say AB 5 is about flexibility. AB 5 is not about flexibility, it’s about our rights.” Mobile Tech Industry Roadshowcenter_img Uber drivers protest in front of the company’s San Francisco headquarters in May. Dara Kerr/CNET So many people showed up to a San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee hearing on Friday that the city had to open an overflow room. The topic at hand: Uber and Lyft drivers’ rights.The city’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee convened to discuss a resolution that would support a proposed California state bill that could require Uber and Lyft to make their drivers employees. Currently, drivers are classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, which means they don’t get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. More than two dozen drivers took to the podium with similar stories. They said they’ve seen lower pay, higher costs and longer working hours as the cost of living has risen over the years. When they get sick, they said they can’t afford to take time off.”Since Lyft’s incentives have traditionally been tied to number of rides, rather than time on the road, I’m encouraged to push myself to the limit,” said Edan Alva, who’s a Lyft driver in San Francisco. “I feel trapped like one of those caged hamsters running in a wheel.” They are relying on a business model that dismantles more than half a century of worker protections. San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman The issue of gig worker classification is nothing new. Lawsuits have been brought against both Uber and Lyft going back as far as 2013. Since then, several cities and states have examined the matter. While New York City passed minimum wage laws for drivers last year, the National Labor Relations Board said last month it believes drivers should be classified as contractors instead of employees. Under California’s proposed Assembly Bill 5, drivers could be classified as employees, provided benefits and have the right to collectively organize.Uber and Lyft appear to be opposed to AB 5. One reason why is that the companies will have to re-work their business models if they’re required to turn their drivers into employees. Not only will they have to pay worker costs, they will also have to manage a workforce of tens of thousands of drivers in California.Driver protectionsIn a rare showing of cooperation, Uber and Lyft have banded together over the issue. The CEOs of both companies wrote a joint op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month saying they wanted to work with the state to allow drivers to remain independent contractors. In return, the companies said they’d offer drivers a “commitment to driver pay” and let them form a “new driver association.””It’s also no secret that a change to the employment classification of ride-share drivers would pose a risk to our businesses,” the CEOs wrote.The two companies also sent messages to all California drivers saying that if they’re classified as employees, they could lose their flexible work schedules. The messages encouraged drivers to contact state legislators to say what they value about their work. A Lyft spokesman said more than 30,000 emails on the topic have been sent to legislators since it sent out its message.”Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our driver community,” the Lyft spokesman said in an email. “Our goal is to preserve drivers’ independence and flexibility.”  The only benefit I get with Uber and Lyft is diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 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Kulbhushan Jadav case This is how Indian politicians reacted to ICJ verdict

first_imgI warmly welcome the ICJ judgment staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav & granting consular access to India. Truth and justice prevails. This son of our soil must be back soon with his family.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 17, 2019 In picture: Kulbhushan Jadhav.Twitter/Doordarshan NewsThe International Court of Justice has suspended Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and asked the Pakistan government to “review and reconsider” his conviction. Fifteen out of 16 judges ruled in favour of India and the judgment also allows consular access to Jadhav.This judgment is a huge win for India but the world court has rejected most of the remedies sought by India, which includes the death sentence meted out by the Pakistan military court. India had also asked for the release and safe return of Jadhav.Jadhav was arrested in Pakistan in March 2016 and was charged with espionage. A year later, the Pakistan military court sentenced him to death. This was when India took Pakistan to the ICJ and the sentence was suspended in May 2017.Former External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj was the first to tweet her happiness on the verdict. She wrote, “wholeheartedly welcome the verdict of International Court of Justice in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. It is a great victory for India.” She then added, “I thank the Prime Minister Shri@narendramodi for our initiative to take Jadhav’s case before International Court of Justice.”In another tweet, Swaraj also thanked Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve for representing India and presenting the country’s case in front of the world court. It’s a big diplomatic win for India. I Congratulate our Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji, Former EAM @SushmaSwaraj ji, and Senior Advocate Harish Salve for their tireless efforts in the matter of Mr. Kulbhudhan Jadhav. @harishsalvee #KulbhushanJadhav— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) July 17, 2019 Subramanian Swamy wrote, “India’s victory in ICC is stupendous. Pak will now stagger in stupor till it is broken into 4.” Great victory for India ??Great news from International Court of Justice in #KulbhushanJadhav case!We Salute the efforts by our Hon PM @narendramodi ji in taking this case before ICJ & successful representation by Harish Salve ji!Big relief to Jadhav family!#KulbhushanVerdict— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 17, 2019 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote, “I warmly welcome the ICJ judgment staying the execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav & granting consular access to India. Truth and justice prevails. This son of our soil must be back soon with his family.”last_img read more

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BGMEA given 7month last chance

first_img.The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday gave the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) seven months time to demolish its headquarters building on Hatirjheel-Begunbari lake.The SC also said it is the last chance for the apex trade body in the apparel sector to demolish the illegal structure.The five-strong Appellate Division bench, led by acting chief justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, passed the order after hearing a petition of the BGMEA president.Talking to Prothom Alo, BGMEA counsel Imtiaz Mainul Islam said the seven-month timeframe would be counted from 12 September last.The 16-storey office building of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is constructed in the middle of the Hatirjheel-Begunbari canal despite concerns from the green activists.In 2011, the High Court ordered the building to be demolished as it was illegally constructed.On 2 June 2016, the Appellate Division of the SC upheld a High Court order for demolishing the BGMEA building as it was constructed illegally and described the structure as a “cancer” on the lake.On 8 November, the 35-page verdict to demolish the BGMEA building was published on the Supreme Court website.In 12 March this year, the Appellate Division ordered BGMEA to demolish its building in the next six months.last_img read more

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3 killed in Chandpur road crash

first_imgAt least three people were killed in a collision between a pickup van and a CNG-run auto rickshaw in Panchani area of Matlab upazila of Chandpur on Tuesday morning.Identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Matlab police control room confirmed that the incident took place around 9:30am in the area.last_img

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Alliance partners back Khaleda release progs

first_imgAlliance partners back Khaleda release programmes. Photo: UNBOther components of the 20-Party Alliance on Sunday extended support and decided to join all the programmes announced by the BNP demanding party leader Khaleda Zia’s release.UNB reports: The BNP-led alliance also decided to take programmes seeking the BNP chairperson’s release.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the disclosure after a meeting of the alliance.“The 20-Party alliance has expressed solidarity with all the programmes taken by BNP for our leader’s (Khaleda) release. They will also actively participate in the programmes,” he said.At the meeting, Fakhrul said, the alliance leaders strongly protested and condemned Khaleda Zia’s conviction.He said they also demanded the government immediately withdraw the ‘false’ case and release Khaleda unconditionally.The BNP leader said their meeting also urged the government to release all the arrested leaders and activists of BNP and its alliance partners.Asked who will now lead the 20-party alliance in absence of Khaleda, Fakhrul said their Chairperson is still the main leader of the alliance. “But, I’m now working as a coordinator of it.”Earlier in the day, top leaders of the BNP-led alliance sat in a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office to discuss the evolving situation following the jailing of Khaleda Zia, and work out its next course of action.Fakhrul said BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman addressed the meeting through mobile phone from London.He urged the 20-Party leaders to form a people’s platform and national unity.The alliance partners supported it, the BNP leader added.BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and top leaders of the alliance were present at the meeting.This was the first meeting of the alliance after Khaleda landed in jail on Thursday last.On Saturday, BNP standing committee members had a meeting with party chairperson’s advisers, vice chairmen and joint secretaries general.A special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on Thursday.last_img read more

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Toll from Japan quake rises to 44

first_imgSelf defence forces search for missing people in the devastated city of Atsuma on 9 September, 2018 after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a powerful earthquake that triggered massive landslides in northern Japan rose to 44 on Monday with tens of thousands of police and troops still on the ground to support survivors.Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said no one was left on a missing list, which suggested the figure could be the final death toll.Around 40,000 police, fire fighters, troops and maritime safety officials were providing assistance, with more than 2,700 people still forced to stay in shelters after the killer quake struck the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido last week.The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma, where a cluster of dwellings were wrecked when a hillside collapsed from the force of the 6.6-magnitude quake, causing deep brown scars in the landscape.“The government will strive to get hold of what is needed on the ground and take every possible measure so that people can return to a normal, safe life as soon as possible,” Suga told a news conference.He also warned that islanders should remain on alert as rainfall was forecast in the region, which could trigger fresh landslides.The quake was the latest in a string of natural disasters to batter the island nation.Western parts of the country are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike Japan in a quarter of a century, which claimed 11 lives and shut down the main regional airport.Launching a campaign for another term as head of his ruling party, prime minister Shinzo Abe reiterated his government will “do its best” to restore the disasters-hit regions.last_img read more

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No FBI probe needed on SC pick says Trump

first_imgresident Donald Trump. Photo–AFPPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday that there is no need for FBI involvement in the scandal threatening to derail his pick for a coveted place on the US Supreme Court.“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters at the White House.Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation’s top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers almost four decades ago.Trump repeated earlier statements that he is in favor of allowing the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.The duelling testimony had been expected to take place Monday in a piece of blockbuster Washington theatre, putting both Trump’s bid to tilt the Supreme Court to the right and political momentum ahead of November midterm congressional elections into play.However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford’s presence was not confirmed.“We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours three or four times by email, and we’ve not heard from them, so it kind of raises the question do they want to, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?” he told political blog hughhewitt.com.Through her lawyers, Ford said Tuesday night that she wants the FBI to investigate before she testifies, The New York Times reported.She said this should be the first step before she is put “on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.” Ford thus all but ruled out testifying Monday.Kavanaugh has strongly denied the incident in which Ford says he pinned her down and covered her mouth while trying to undress her when he was 17 and she 15.•             ‘Speak up and speak out’Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him “outstanding.”He added that Kavanaugh was “anxious” to answer the accusations against him, while acknowledging that the testimony would hold up his confirmation.“We will delay the process until it’s finished out,” Trump said. “We want to get to the bottom of everything. We want everybody to be able to speak up and speak out.”Debra Katz, a lawyer for Ford—who only came forward publicly on Sunday after trying to keep her name hidden for more than a month—had said earlier she was ready to speak under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Expectations of a showdown have led to comparisons with the lurid and high-stakes 1991 Senate hearing on Clarence Thomas, the conservative Supreme Court justice accused of repeated sexual harassment by a former assistant, Anita Hill.Thomas was eventually confirmed to the court.On Monday, the FBI explained that it had been made aware of the allegation against Kavanaugh, but said it had not taken action because it did not involve “any potential federal crime.”“The FBI’s role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers.”The agency’s exhaustive background checks into Kavanaugh, as a Supreme Court nominee, were aimed at checking “whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States,” the FBI said.last_img read more

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Students pour kerosene on teacher

first_imgSeveral students of University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) have assaulted professor Masud Mahmud, an adviser to the English department of the university, according to police and eye witnesses.The incident took place on the university campus on Tuesday, they said.Mahmudul Hasan, a student of masters at English department, poured kerosene on Masud Mahmud, police confirmed Prothom Alo.Khulshi police station officer-in-charge Pranab Kumar Chowdhury said that Mahmudul Hasan was arrested.According to police, a group of students went to professor Masud Mahmud’s office on the fifth floor and had an altercation with him. As he came out of his office and entered the lift to go down, several students followed him there. When the professor came out of the lift and started walking, they ran after him and shouted at him ‘hold, hold, push, push’.Two of the students pushed him while another one poured kerosene on him.After assaulting the teacher, the students demonstrated by burning tyres on Zakir Hossain Road in front of the university for about an hour.University’s acting registrar Deleep Kumar Barua said the attack was carried out in a planned way.University vice-chancellor Jahangir Alam said the student who carried out the attack confessed to the police. The law enforcers are taking action, he added.The VC also said a three-member probe body has been formed to investigate the incident. Steps would be taken as per the recommendation of the committee, he added.After teaching for about 40 years at Chittagong University, Masud Mahmud joined English department of USTC three years ago.Recently a number of students alleged that he indirectly harassed female students talking about sexuality in the class out of context.On 25 April, the students submitted a memorandum to the deputy minister for education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury.The university authority and Masud Mahmud protested at the allegation terming it ‘untrue’.Noted citizens in Chattogram also took to the street in favour of professor Masud Mahmud.As many as 507 citizens across the country issued a statement saying that an effort is on to taint the image of Masud Mahmud.According to teachers and students, after joining Masud Mahmud sacked a number of teachers of English department and appointed new ones to improve the quality of the department.Besides, a number of students of the department were not allowed to sit for examinations due to their less attendance in the class.They also alleged that the sacked teachers instigated the students who were deprived from attending examination to work against Masud Mahmud.last_img read more

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Full Show The Impact Of Venezuelan Turmoil On Houstons Oil And Gas

first_imgOn July 31, the U.S. announced it was imposing sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, calling him a “dictator” after the election for a constitutional assembly. The U.S. hasn’t imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry — yet. But it’s not entirely off the table. If that does happen, what could it mean for Houston, the oil and gas capital of the world?  On today’s Houston Matters, we talk it over with Dr. Francisco Monaldi from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Also this our: A Houston researcher is studying something called Zealandia — a mostly submerged landmass underneath New Zealand. And meteorologist Frank Billingsley talks about his quest to find his birth parents using DNA.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

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Bar Employees Charged In Connection With Fatal Car Crash

first_img Share Courtesy of abc13.comL-R Joaquin Gonzalez, 21, Gustavo Tejada-Garcia, 28, Anna Evelyn Lula, 19, Mildred “Milly” Garcia, 21, Jazely Marie Barrera, 21, Bar employees charged with serving drinks to an underage customer involved in a fatal car accident which killed a young mother.Authorities say servers in a Houston bar gave a 19-year-old more than a dozen drinks before he drove head-on into another car, killing the driver.Harris County District Attorney’s office say that investigators seized surveillance video that captures servers giving Erick Hernandez, 19, more than a dozen drinks during the six hours he spent at the bar. The driver, a young mother died at the scene. Her mother and her one-year-old son were injured, but treated at a hospital and released.Video also shows Hernandez drinking tequila shots with bar employees. Now, five people have been charged with overserving the underage drinker. It’s the latest in Harris County’s ongoing efforts to crack down on establishments that break the rules.In the audio above we talk with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, to find out what the latest efforts are on the crack down on overserving at Houston bars.last_img read more

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