New Delhi: The BJP has called a meeting of its Jammu and Kashmir unit’s core group on Tuesday to discuss the political atmosphere in the state and also the party’s preparedness for assembly elections whenever they are held.Sources said Union minister Jitendra Singh, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav and state unit president Ravinder Raina and other senior leaders from the state will attend the meeting, to be chaired by its national working president JP Nadda. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier, Madhav, who is the party’s pointsman for Jammu and Kashmir, had urged the election commission to held polls in the state this year.The state BJP has asserted that it is ready for elections anytime with its general secretary Narinder Singh saying that there is still enough time left for the Election Commission to hold polls in this year. In 2014, the state polls were held in November-December, he said.The election commission is likely to announce the dates of assembly polls once it receives a go-ahead on the law and order situation from both, the Centre and the state government.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. has ruled in favour of Greyhound’s application to halt passenger bus service in Northeast B.C. as of June 1st.Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.Greyhound says that ridership on routes connecting the northern half of B.C. with Prince George has declined by 51 percent since 2010, including a 30 percent drop in the last five years. In its ruling, the Passenger Transportation Board explained that Greyhound’s routes in the Peace Region and along Highway 16 have extremely low ridership and very large operating losses that impair the company’s viability.“Greyhound is a for-profit company,” read the Board’s decision. “A review of the company’s financial information demonstrates that the cross-subsidization model of the past no longer holds true. There are insufficient profits on the profitable routes to subsidize its losses on these routes.”Greyhound told the board that by eliminating 1.6 million scheduled miles in the province, it will be able to retain a remaining 3.7 million scheduled miles. “Keeping a viable inter-city passenger bus service in at least some parts of the province is preferable to no service from Greyhound.”However, the Board also found that the public’s need would not be met if Greyhound were allowed to eliminate the four routes without adequate notice, due to the reliance on current service.“Immediate stoppage on these routes and route segments would endanger public safety given the harsh winter climate, inhospitable terrain, and the isolation of those living and working along these routes.”However, the Board ruled that weather conditions should improve by May 31st to a point where public safety would no longer be at risk.During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. The company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man died after crashing a Tesla into a semitrailer.A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office report says the crash occurred Friday morning in Delray Beach.The report says the truck was making a left turn onto a divided highway to head north when the southbound 2018 Tesla 3 hit the semi’s driver side, causing the Tesla’s roof to tear off as it passed under the trailer. The Tesla’s driver, 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, died at the scene.The report didn’t say whether the Tesla’s autopilot or automatic emergency brakes were engaged.The car manufacturer released a statement saying they’re co-operating with authorities.The crash comes less than a week after a Tesla left the road in Davie, Florida, and caught fire after crashing.The Associated Press
The assault had taken place on the road when a funeral procession was underway.A police complaint was lodged over the assault on the 57 year old man last week. The man was admitted to hospital. Singer Chillie Thilanka was arrested today over an alleged assault on a man, the police said.The police said the singer was arrested after he surrendered to the Thalangama police. Chillie Thilanka was produced in court and remanded till October 25. (Colombo Gazette)
Caribbean ministers at the United Nations General Assembly today called on Member States to pay attention to the devastating effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable populations, and urged greater international cooperation to achieve a common UN-sponsored climate agreement. “Inaction or inadequate action is inexcusable and morally indefensible, given the level of certainty of the scientific evidence before us, and the technological and financial tools at our disposal to affect the necessary change,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados, Maxine McClean, said in her remarks to the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. Noting that there was “no greater threat” to the survival, viability, and security of Barbados and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) than the “potentially catastrophic” changes to the global climate system, Ms. McClean warned that although some progress had been made at last year’s Durban Climate Change Conference, the world remained far from finding a solution to the problem. “Barbados welcomes the decision taken in Durban to launch negotiations on a new legally binding agreement that would take effect after 2020,” she continued. “However, for us a post-2020 agreement is meaningless if ambitious actions are not taken now to reduce global emissions and provide finance and technology to vulnerable developing countries.”Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada.Grenada’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dessima Williams, in her remarks to the Assembly, similarly noted the risks that Caribbean island nations faced due to climate-related events. She urged Member States to support the UN’s impending Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, also known as COP18, in an effort to move “steadfastly toward the finalization of a new binding climate treaty by 2015.” “Without a legally binding climate regime to uphold environmental integrity, Caribbean and other small island states could lose the opportunity for achieving sustainability soon and some could even disappear,” Ms. Williams said. “We see the upcoming COP 18 in Doha, Qatar as an opportunity to move decisively away from this scenario.” Foreign Minister Winston G. Lackin of Suriname.In his statement, Suriname’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston G. Lackin, echoed this concern and recalled that the recent UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20), which was held in Brazil in June, concluded without an agreement on the financing of sustainable development. “The international community cannot abandon its obligation to provide the necessary means to combat serious consequences of over-consumption, pollution, and carbon emissions, which threaten to undo our own achievements in protecting the environment and securing the well-being of our peoples,” he said. Foreign Minister Wilfred P. Elrington of Belize.Touching upon climate-related issues in his address to the General Debate, Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred P. Elrington, added that his country fully supported all regional initiatives tackling issues of common concern such as security, economic development and climate change. “The impact of climate change on our region has been direct and devastating, compelling us to work with our CARICOM (Caribbean Community and Common Market) partners and with the wider Alliance of Small Island States to advance our interests in the climate change negotiation process,” Mr. Elrington told the gathered delegates. Mr. Elrington, however, also noted the impact the transnational trafficking of weapons was having on the region and lamented what he said was a lack of consensus over a global response to the issue. “Our region, Central America and the Caribbean, has been labelled among the most violent regions of the world, with homicide rates that have reached crisis levels,” the Foreign Minister stated. He added, “It is therefore with deep regret that despite what appeared to be an emerging consensus and despite the underlying global urgency for a multilateral response the conclusion of an Arms Trade Treaty has so far been beyond the reach of the international community.” Foreign Minister Winston Dookeran of Trinidad and Tobago.On that note, Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Winston Dookeran, warned that every moment of delay from fully implementing the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was “a step closer to our own demise.”Furthermore, Mr. Dookeran called on Member States to follow though on their obligations as stipulated by the Kyoto Protocol, suggesting that “this would guarantee the survival of those of us most vulnerable to climate change, climate variability, and sea level rise.”He also weighed in on the transnational trafficking of weapons, agreeing with his Belizean counterpart that the high-incidence of gun-related crimes in the region had become “intolerable” and “an affront to efforts to resolve disputes by peaceful means.”“We join with out CARICOM partners and others in the call for the resumption of negotiations for the Arms Trade Treaty by the first quarter of 2013,” he added. Ambassador Vince Henderson of Dominica.Dominica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Vince Henderson, stressed that his island nation is committed to the foundational principle of environmental sustainability. “The unsustainable consumption and production systems that continue to deplete the world’s resources and simultaneously contribute to global warming, remains a major threat to the survival of those of us who live close to the world’s oceans,” he said. “The very vulnerability of Dominica to the effects of global warming underscores our commitment to a multilateral approach aimed at combating climate change.”Ambassador Stuart Beck of Palau.Representing the Pacific island nation of Palau, on the other side of the world, the small nation’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Stuart Beck, told the Assembly that Palau rejected the advice – contained in the International Panel on Climate Change’s Report on Managing Risks – that SIDS policy-makers might, in certain cases, consider relocating populations.“We assure you, Mr. President, that Palau has no intention to move our people,” Ambassador Beck said. “Our islands are our home. They are essence of our very being. We will pursue every legitimate recourse available to us before we concede hope.”The officials from the small states are among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials who presented their views and comments on issues of individual, national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends later on Monday.
The United Nations human rights chief today called on authorities in Iran to halt the imminent execution of a juvenile offender, while also voicing concern about the excessive use of the death penalty in the country since the start of the year. “The imminent execution of Razieh Ebrahimi has once again brought into stark focus the unacceptable use of the death penalty against juvenile offenders in Iran,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. Ms. Ebrahimi was convicted of killing her husband when she was 17 years old, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). She was married to him at the age of 14, gave birth to a child when she was 15, and says she was subjected to domestic violence. “Regardless of the circumstances of the crime, the execution of juvenile offenders is clearly prohibited by international human rights law,” said Ms. Pillay. “Judgements imposing the death penalty on people under the age of 18 and the implementation of such judgements are manifestly incompatible with Iran’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” she added. “I urge the Iranian authorities to halt the execution of Razieh and all other juvenile offenders.”Another juvenile offender, 17-year-old Jannat Mir, an Afghan boy, was hanged in April in Isfahan prison for drug-related offences, according to OHCHR. He reportedly had no access to a lawyer or consular services, raising concerns about whether fair trial standards were observed in his case and those of five other Afghans executed along with him for similar offences. Ms. Pillay voiced alarm at the large number of juvenile offenders who reportedly remain on death row in Iran. Information gathered by OHCHR from reliable sources say some 160 people are reportedly on death row for crimes they committed when they were under the age of 18. More than 250 people are believed to have been executed in Iran so far this year, with some sources suggesting a considerably higher figure. Most of the executions were carried out for drug-related offences, which do not meet the threshold of “most serious crimes” for which the death penalty may be applied in international law, OHCHR noted.At least 500 people are known to have been executed in 2013, including 57 in public. The High Commissioner urged Iran to immediately impose a moratorium on all executions, with a view to abolishing the death penalty.
The long Afghan conflict can only be resolved by “direct talks” between its own people, the chief of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told the Security Council on Tuesday, underscoring that they must be inclusive and represent “the whole spectrum of Afghan society”.“The events of recent days and weeks have shown, more than ever, the urgency of finding a political settlement to the long Afghan conflict”, Special Representative Tadamichi Yamamoto said.Here’s our full coverage. Nicaragua ‘crisis’ still cause for concern amid murder, torture allegations: Bachelet A deal has been reached to evacuate hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers out of Libyan detention centres, where brutal conditions persist for migrants.Under the joint agreement signed on Tuesday between the UN refugee agency, or UNHCR, Rwanda and the African Union, the detainees will be transferred to Rwanda where they will receive protection.Some “may benefit from resettlement to third countries”; others will be helped to return to their home countries if it is safe to do so. Flights are set to begin in the coming weeks.Around 500 men, women and children, mainly from the Horn of Africa, are set to leave following the agreement. Speaking in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said the evacuations would be a lifeline for those trapped in Libya, and that evacuees would receive ongoing support after their arrival. Although UNHCR has already moved well over 4,000 refugees from Libya to other countries since 2017, it’s estimated some 4,700 people are still being held in detention centres, which have become notorious for alleged rights abuses.The agency is urging the international community to contribute resources to support the implementation of the agreement. Solidarity with hurricane-slammed Bahamas ‘Whole spectrum of Afghan society’ must get behind peace talks, UN envoy tells Security Council Nicaragua’s on-going human rights crisis can be resolved peacefully through dialogue, the UN’s top rights official said on Tuesday, before expressing concern about allegations of torture and murder of protesters involved in last year’s anti-Government demonstrations.In her address to the Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said that abuses have continued against activists who opposed social security reforms in the Central American state, more than 100 of whom are still in prison.Read our full story here.Monsoon rains and landslides cause ‘worst impact of year’ on Rohingya refugees In the wake of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamian Government has registered approximately 4,800 evacuees in Nassau, 1,600 of whom are in shelters and receiving assistance. While the official death toll remains at 43, the number of casualties is expected to increase as many people remain missing.The category 5 hurricane hit the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas and continued west, causing further devastation to Grand Bahama Island.In support of national authorities, the UN and humanitarian organizations continue to conduct needs-assessment missions on both islands while delivering assistance to various locations. As the situation remains fluid, regular assessments are required. “The people of the northern Bahamas have been devastated by this huge hurricane, the like of which has never been seen here before,” Mark Lowcock, who heads the UN Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office (OCHA) had told UN News in an earlier interview.OCHA says water, sanitation, health and food are priority needs along with debris clearance on roads to increase access to the impacted areas. Heavy rains causing flooding and landslides have had the most severe impact of the year so far on the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, the UN said on Tuesday.The World Food Programme, or WFP, warned that thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar have been seriously affected by the monsoon, including host communities. Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said that WFP is ready to distribute hot meals and emergency food rations:“This week the impact of heavy monsoon rains in Cox’s Bazar is the most severe of this year, impacting the host community as well as the camps, with flooding and landslides. 4,500 people in the Cox’s Bazar camp have been affected this week alone”, he said. In July, WFP supported more than 11,000 refugees after similar torrential downpours – a significant increase compared with 12 months ago. Since August 2017, Bangladesh has experienced a massive influx of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and discrimination in Rakhine State in neighbouring Myanmar.Hundreds of Libya detainees to be evacuated to Rwanda, says UN Refugee Agency Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 10 September, on Soundcloud:
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT and running an 800m in brutal heat, Alysia Montano lived up to the best traditions of the Wonder Woman superhero character on her running vest last night.The 31-year-old from New York shrugged off sweltering conditions to line up in the 800m heats as the US World Championship trials got under way in searing temperatures of 43 degrees in Sacramento.It was the second time Montano has run while heavily pregnant following her appearance in 2014 when eight months pregnant.In the end, Montano finished a distant last place, trailing home in 2min 21.40secs at Hornet Stadium.Nevertheless Montano was proud of her display and felt no ill effects from her two-lap dash.“I feel amazing,” said Montano, who said she had been partly inspired to run after discovering that the star of Hollywood superhero blockbuster “Wonder Woman” — Gal Gadot — had been pregnant while filming the movie.“I thought it (the film) was amazing,” Montano said. “And then I found out that she did half of the movie five months pregnant so I thought ‘I will definitely be signing up for US Nationals’.” 42,445 Views 38 Comments Friday 23 Jun 2017, 3:05 PM http://the42.ie/3459495 By AFP Source: Rich PedroncelliMontano added that she had been mostly inspired by feedback from women who saw her racing while pregnant three years ago.“I heard from so many people who said they had been inspired by my story,” she said. “I feel responsible to be a representative. I represent women, I represent black women, I represent pregnant women. It’s been fantastic.”Asked if she had been apprehensive about running in the searing heat, she told AFP: “Absolutely not. We are so incredibly privileged to live in America. There are women that birth babies after babies after babies in Saudi Arabia, in Africa. Honestly, two minutes running out in the heat?”“I know how to take care of myself. I drank a ton of water, took a lot of electrolytes, which is not always the case for women who have babies in parts of the world that are much hotter than here.” Image: Rich Pedroncelli Pregnant ‘Wonder Woman’ Montano takes more baby steps The 31-year-old shrugged off sweltering conditions to line up in the 800m heats as the US World Championship trials. Image: Rich Pedroncelli Share29 Tweet Email3 © – AFP 2017‘My God, I just love Man Utd’ – Damien Duff reveals how close he was to signing for FergieAll Blacks ‘expect to win’, says confident skipper Read Short URL Jun 23rd 2017, 3:05 PM
Lacta chocolate’s Valentine’s Day campaign featuring 28 couples kissing and hugging while holding a bar of the popular brand have fuelled controversy in Greece.The #actforlove marketing campaign was created to promote love and social diversity by casting the spotlight on different types of couples and telling their stories. The couples are heterosexual, disabled, racially different, of all ages, but it was the homosexual couples that drew the majority of trolls on social media.Photographer, Chloe Kritharas Devienne was surprised by the negative reaction. Her face was splattered across Twitter with commenters saying: “This is the photographer who did this”. Critics posted links to her work with refugees and labelled her as “excessively liberal”.She told Reuters that in Greece people are very homophobic. “The church has made it very clear it considers homosexuality a sin,” said Devienne. “Personally I love both men and women. I thought that nothing would make me happier than to have these pictures all over Athens so that homophobic people are forced to look at them…”Lacta urged Facebook users to “embrace all tastes of love”. The brand, popular with children, has drawn criticism for this purpose. “Little children will see this! What standards will you pass to them.” wrote one critic, while denizens told the brand that the campaign was “shameful”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook : la timeline bientôt imposée à tousJusqu’alors proposée en option aux internautes, la timeline, ou journal, de Facebook sera bientôt imposée à tous les membres du réseau social. Plus que quelques semaines avant le grand changement annoncé par la firme de Mark Zuckerberg ce mercredi.Dans quelques semaines, tous les profils des membres de Facebook changeront radicalement de look pour prendre la forme du journal (timeline), jusqu’alors proposé en option aux internautes. Une nouvelle qui ne réjouit pas tous les utilisateurs du réseau social. Ils sont en effet nombreux à préférer conserver la forme classique de leur profil.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’agencement de la page sera bouleversé, avec, par exemple, la possibilité de choisir une couverture pour son journal, une photo qui s’affiche en grand format en haut du profil. Les actualités sont quant à elles réparties sur deux colonnes et sont mieux mises en avant. La timeline se veut être une véritable biographie, et l’internaute pourra ajouter des informations et des photos pour raconter les moments importants de sa vie avant son inscription sur Facebook, de sa naissance à celle de ses enfants, en passant par son mariage.Avant que ses nouveaux profils ne soient consultables par les autres membres du réseau social, Facebook donne sept jours à l’utilisateur afin qu’il puisse choisir quelles informations il souhaite ou non y voir apparaître. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambert
Le Modèle standard de la physique des particules se confirme, selon le CERNSelon deux nouvelles mesures de l’Organisation européenne pour la Recherche nucléaire (CERN) de Genève, le “Modèle standard” de la physique (théorie qui prédit le comportement des particules fondamentales) se confirme encore davantage. Alors que la quête du boson de Higgs n’est toujours pas achevée malgré des résultats prometteurs, c’est une annonce d’importance qu’a faite vendredi le CERN. Lors de la conférence de physique des hautes énergies de la Société européenne de physique (EPS-HEP 2013), deux collaborations de l’organisation ont présenté de nouveaux résultats qui semblent confirmer la théorie du “Modèle standard”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme l’a expliqué le CERN dans un communiqué, les nouvelles mesures réalisées au Grand collisionneur de hadrons (LHC) de Genève concernent “la désintégration du méson Bs en deux muons”. Il s’agit d’”’un des plus rares processus de physique mesurables”. De fait, il s’agit également d’”un des tests les plus rigoureux à ce jour pour confirmer le Modèle standard de la physique des particules”. Or, les analyses effectuées montrent qu’une poignée seulement de mésons Bs sur un milliard se désintègrent en paires de muons, ce qui concorde tout à fait avec le Modèle standard. “Il s’agit d’un processus que les physiciens des particules tentent de révéler depuis 25 ans”, a souligné Joe Incandela cité par l’AFP. “Ce processus est tellement rare qu’il constitue une sonde extrêmement sensible pour révéler une nouvelle physique au-delà du Modèle standard”, souligne également le CERN. “Tout écart par rapport aux prédictions du Modèle standard serait clairement le signe de quelque chose de nouveau”, a-t-il ajouté. De plus, parmi les autres résultats présentés vendredi à Stockholm, la collaboration internationale T2K a annoncé la découverte (et la preuve qui l’accompagne) d’un nouveau type de transformation (“oscillation”) de neutrino. L’expérience T2K “établit de manière non ambiguë” la transformation d’un neutrino de type muonique (muon) en un neutrino de type électronique (électron).Le 22 juillet 2013 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambert
Losing control or feeling in your limbs is one of the most traumatic and emotionally draining injuries people can suffer. For years the holy grail of cybernetics research has been giving people back control over their own bodies, and we’ve taken yet another big step towards making that vision a reality.Nathan Copeland has been a quadriplegic since suffering a spinal cord injury in a crash ten years ago. A research group at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center thought that Copeland might be a good fit for radical new technology — a series of chips implanted directly into the brain that would allow him to feel with a robotic arm. While similar techniques have allowed other patients to remotely control a prosthetic arm, this is the first time that a patient has been able to both send signals with implants and receive touch-based feedback that mimics our own natural senses.The study that resulted, published in Science Translational Medicine, details the system the researchers used. Essentially two arrays of electrodes were implanted in Copeland’s brain and connected to a receiver attached to his skull. One of them is wired — literally — into Copeland’s motor cortex. This set allows him to send signals to a computer and then to a separate robotic arm just by thinking about it. With training Copeland has been able to pick up objects and use the prosthetic fingers with fine motor control.Even so, the team realized that one of the most important parts of using our hands is the feeling we get back when we interact with other things. When we grip a glass, we can tell how much force we’re using based on the sense of pressure we get from the glass. Without that, it’s much harder to be precise. So the team worked on rigging up a second array of prosthetics that connected to Copeland’s sensory cortex. With these, the team could not just pick up signals from the brain, but send them back as well.Like many of these sorts of procedures, it took months before Copeland saw the full effects. The brain is, as you might suspect, a really sensitive organ and it won’t just accept random jolts of electricity as anything in particular. So the team worked to gradually figure out the right level of power they needed to apply to make it work. And even then, it’s not quite perfect. Copeland says that some of the artificial fingers aren’t quite as sensitive as the others — suggesting that the placement of the electrodes is ever-so-slightly off. But still, the effects are stunning.Plus, right now we can’t work these devices directly into a patient’s existing physiology. All of this tech is external, connecting to a separate robotic arm — not the patient’s original, natural one. As such, it’s far from a perfect solution, but it’s one of the biggest and most important steps we’ve taken towards having perfect prosthetic replacements for our actual limbs.In the video Copeland references Star Wars, saying, “Luke Skywalker got his hand chopped off, and the next day he has a robot one. And they’re pricking it, and he’s like, ‘Yeah I can feel it. Good to go’ and he doesn’t even miss a beat… That could be someone else not that far in the future.”
Earlier this month, lawmakers announced they were killing House Bill 77, saying that emotions had become so inflamed over the permitting bill that it was best left alone. But now, some of its less controversial provisions might be coming back in a different form.Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash does not undersell the heartburn that HB77 caused. He’ll even refer to it as “toxic,” and jokes about it being “tightly bound” in a casket.So, when asked what parts of the bill he wants to come back this session, he’s very clear. “We had all kinds things that caught a lot of heat and light from the public: general permits, appeals, water provisions, temporary water uses, reservations. None of that is what we’re talking about.”The Parnell administration is currently working with Rep. Cathy Muñoz, a Juneau Republican, to revive language provisions dealing with land exchanges and leases. The idea is to attach it to Senate Bill 106, which already deals with the selling of state land.Balash says he asked the sponsor of that bill, Sen. Kevin Meyer, if that could work without hijacking the legislation. Meyer was friendly to the idea of SB109 being used as a vehicle. “This is hitchhiking. He pulled over. Said get in,” says Balash. “We’re good.”The pressing argument for reviving the land exchange language is to allow property swaps in places like Ketchikan, Anchor Point, and Juneau.Rep. Cathy Muñoz says the Juneau land swap in question has dragged out for more than a decade under existing statute.“The trail that accesses Point Bridget State Park is on private land. So there’s a great interest on the part of the State and also on the part of Echo Ranch in having an equal value trade so the State can have access to the park, and Echo Ranch will have access to their facility.”Balash says there was language in HB77 that would have let that deal go through. He says before the administration began real work to bring back those provisions, they went back to see if those sections of the bill had ruffled any feathers. “We’ve not gotten negative testimony on it. There were never any amendments offered to undo or take out these provisions,” says Balash. “So, no zombies here.”Because of the sensitive nature of the bill, the administration has been going around to lawmakers’ offices to see if they’re comfortable with the idea. Sen. Peter Micciche, a Soldotna Republican, was among those who got briefed on the matter. Micciche had a number of reservations with the original bill, and he worked with the administration to try to rewrite it in a way that better balanced the interests of conservation and development.Micciche says he agrees with Balash that some parts of the bill that should pass, and that he’s open to what the administration’s proposing on land exchanges. But he’s not willing to touch anything that generated negative public testimony.“If they try to go into some of the other sections, then it’s too late,” says Micciche. “It’s too late to talk about those things this year.”For his part, Balash says the administration is willing to drop the issue if there’s any push-back. “If it were to become controversial, it’s not worth taking any heat over,” says Balash.The exact changes that are being considered have not become public. Balash says they could come in the form of a bill rewrite sometime this week, or as an amendment to the land sale bill.
Alliance 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.
Several 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.
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