APTN NewsA group of Ottawa activists occupied the office of Catherine McKenna on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the environment minister meet with those who built the watch house near the Kinder Morgan protest camp.Holding signs that read “Defend the Water” and “Stop Kinder Morgan,” about 20 people filled McKenna’s Catherine Street office until it closed for the day.“First and foremost, we want to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters of the Coast Salish and support them in their request to have a meeting with Catherine McKenna,” said activist Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail outside the office.She said the group previously spoke with the minister’s officer and requested that she meet with those protesting the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby. Wabano-Iahtail said the group is now seeking a firm date and time on behalf of their fellow protesters out west.“We want to know exactly when she’s going to go and have this meeting with the grassroots leaders,” she said.Protect the Inlet, a campaign to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline, launched earlier this month with the construction of a traditional Coast Salish watch house.More than 100 people have been taken into custody for defying a court injunction of the Kinder Morgan site.
Rabat – Juventus of Turin will have its first academy in Morocco. The Italian club is set to open its own training club in July in Casablanca. The Italian club also plans to open additional clubs in El Jadida and Rabat in the future.Juventus Academy will give players aged 4 to 15 the opportunity to learn the technical and tactical aspects of football with the methodology that Juventus has been developing for years.“After having multiplied the experiences of football schools with British and Spanish schools such as Arsenal and FC Barcelona, I thought it was time to give Moroccans the chance to train and benefit from the know-how of Juventus,” said Gabriel Hicham Guedira, general director of the Juventus Academy in Morocco. “We are very happy because Morocco has many fans of Juventus and the club is even more followed since the arrival of Mehdi Benatia at the club,” he added.The summer courses and annual program will be hosted at the Paradise Club in Ain Diab. The enclosure, with 10 football fields, will be the headquarters of the new academy, conveniently located in Morocco’s economic capital.
The Canadian Government has been briefed on the recent developments in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada said.The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Canada Ahmed A. Jawad met with Michael Chan, the Minister of Immigration and International Trade of Ontario. The High Commissioner briefed the Minister on recent developments in Sri Lanka. Trade, tourism and investment opportunities were also discussed, the High Commission said. (Colombo Gazette)
“I wish to thank you, President Bush, for committing yourself today to placing the United States at the forefront of the global fight against HIV/AIDS,” Mr. Annan said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., following a meeting with the US leader and the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.”It is a visionary decision that reflects your nation’s natural leadership role in the United Nations, as well as your recognition of the threat posed by this global catastrophe,” Mr. Annan added.Reiterating his call to create an anti-AIDS “war chest,” the Secretary-General said that he saw the Global AIDS and Health Fund he proposed in April at the African Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, as part of a total effort that would be “open to donations from governments, civil society, the private sector, foundations and individuals — all hands on deck.” Mr. Annan underscored the significance of President Bush’s pledge as a move that “will encourage and energize others to act.” He expressed hope that when the General Assembly convenes its special session on AIDS this June “there will be strong support for the Global AIDS and Health Fund.”President Bush echoed this sentiment, saying, “This morning we have made a good beginning. I expect the upcoming UN special session, and this summer’s G-8 summit in Italy, to turn these ideas into reality.”For his part, President Obasanjo also expressed appreciation for the US contribution. “I thank you on behalf of all AIDS sufferers in the world, and particularly on behalf of all AIDS sufferers in Africa, for launching the global fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic,” he said.President Bush’s announcement was also welcomed by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), which released a statement today lauding Washington’s leadership on the matter. The statement also underscored the propitious timing of the announcement, coming as it did in advance of both the G-8 summit and the UN General Assembly special session. Twenty Heads of State or Government have already confirmed their participation in the Assembly session, a UN spokesperson said today.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are slipping on Wall Street in midday trading as traders hold back at the beginning of a two-day policy meeting of the Federal Reserve.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 36 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 15,848 as of noon (1700 GMT) Tuesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down nine points, or 0.5 per cent, at 1,777. The Nasdaq composite fell 15 points, or 0.4 per cent, at 4,015.NL Industries slumped 6 per cent after a California judge found the company to be among several that marketed paint they knew was harmful to children. The companies were ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.Boeing and 3M rose the most in the Dow. Stocks slip on Wall Street as Federal Reserve begins policy meeting; Boeing and 3M higher AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2013 9:52 am MDT
Players as short as Isaiah Thomas aren’t supposed to make it in the NBA, let alone be elite scorers. To find the last player who was 5-foot-10 or shorter and averaged 20 points per game in a single season, you have to go back 20 years.1To Damon Stoudamire, in 1996-97. It’s been almost 40 years since someone that short averaged 25.2Calvin Murphy, during the 1977-78 season. No one that size has ever averaged 30, which Thomas — who is currently scoring 29.5 points a night — is threatening to do.For someone who is much shorter than the best athletes in the world, an incredible amount of talent is necessary to succeed, especially at the all-star level that Thomas has. But there’s also a ton of skill involved, and the 5-foot-9 Celtics star has honed one tactic well over the past two seasons. Thomas, who is second in the league in points per game, has found a trick for avoiding the big men planted close to the basket: He’s become excellent at using the rim as a fence to stop defenders from blocking his close-range shots.These plays usually start with the lightning-quick Thomas (who leads the NBA in drives per game) getting a step on his man. He then leaps for the shot but glides out to other side of the basket where the defender can’t realistically do anything to bother the attempt, since he’s still stuck on the other side.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thomashandswitch.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/itreverse.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The 28-year-old has gone to a reverse layup 29 times this season, for almost 8 percent of his layups — a rate similar to last season, but one that’s almost double what it was in 2014-15, according to NBA Savant, a site that tracks unusual statistics and the specific sorts of shots players take.The sleight of hand at least partially explains how Thomas has been able to get to the basket so much more often over the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, a whopping 33 percent of Thomas’s field-goal attempts have come from within 3 feet, up from just 22 percent over the four seasons before that. He’s converting those attempts nearly 60 percent of the time.This isn’t the only move that Thomas has pulled out of his bag to compensate for his size. He’s also been successful with a now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t sort of half-spin at the perimeter, where he essentially lulls his defender to sleep for just enough time to blow past him for a shot at the rim.No matter how pretty the reverse move looks at times, the display — and other ones that get him close-range looks — is more about survival at the basket. Think of Thomas as the star of one of those National Geographic films that shows a weaker animal trying to fend off much bigger predators. Thomas isn’t always able to scamper away from the bigger players who are hunting him while he’s en route to the basket: He still gets rejected more than any player in the league. But using the reverse has added an extra layer of sophistication to his finishes, likely stopping opponents from being able to block even more of his shots than they already do.Less than 10 percent of Thomas’s layups have been blocked this season, the lowest rate of his career. That number also represents a considerable drop from last season, when 13 percent of his close-range looks got swatted and the 2014-15 season, when 15 percent of his layups got stoned, according to NBA Savant.So in other words, yes: Thomas gets blocked more than anyone in the NBA. But that doesn’t mean other vertically challenged players shouldn’t look up to him and his ingenuity around the rim. It’s helped turn him into the scoring machine he is today.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Earlier this year, Dromgoole’s successor Emma Rice announced she would be leaving the theatre over a furious dispute about artificial lighting, amplification and what she called “artistic freedom”.At the time, Dromgoole said of the situation within the theatre: “There are structural problems, there are personality problems, there is too much fighting for territory, and there are too many who feel free to comment on work without ever taking the risk of making it.”Michelle Terry, the actress, takes up the role of Globe artistic director in April. “I think we can rebalance our governance slightly so that it is slightly more weighted towards artists.”Dromgoole did not single out any arts organisation for criticism.Asked how to work successfully in UK theatre, Dromgoole said: “If you get together with a group of people and come up with a very knotty, complex, clever idea and too many people pile in and add to it, it tends to not really get out of the room.“If ideas are really stupid and clear, and simple and bold, they tend to fly. If you can come up with something you can explain very quickly, then other people can riff on it and get excited and attached to it.”One such “stupid” idea, he said, was Globe to Globe, the project which saw his actors perform Hamlet in 197 countries to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Dominic Dromgoole “The greatest resistance you encounter in the UK is the ‘stop it’ mentality, which you meet at all corners and everywhere” he said.”It’s a mixture of fear, and people being very risk-averse, and people being lethargic and lazy and frightened.“People are very frightened of doing new things and frightened of ‘the other’.”Asked to expand on what could be done about a “stop it” mentality, he said: “At the end of the day, it just comes down to personal resolve.“‘Stop it’ appears in so many different guises and in so many different places, and often if can appear inside yourself as well.“Institutionally I think we have a problem that we have possibly over-stacked our governance areas with people from the world of finance. Emma Rice, Dromgoole’s successor “And I think a lot of those people from the world of finance are from the world of accountancy.“They are entirely honourable and entirely nice people, but I think from the moment they begin working on things they’re always overly calculating risk and overly worried about danger.“Their inclination is to say no to any venture that they can’t absolutely 100 per cent future-proof, which you can’t really with theatre tickets.“It’s great to have the balance and no-one wants arts organisations to be feckless or irresponsible or lost.“There was a corrective impulse about 30, 40 years ago, I think, to bring in a degree more fiscal responsibility.“I think that might have institutionally slightly overgrown itself so that now you have an element of fear within a lot of organisations that doesn’t need to be there. Actors from Globe to Globe’s Hamlet The installation of too many accountants at the top of the arts has created a climate of fear and risk- aversion, the former director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has warned.Dominic Dromgoole, who left the Globe last year after a decade in charge, said the governance of arts organisations has become over-stacked with people from a world of finance, who resist any ideas which are not 100 per cent guaranteed to succeed.Saying the demand for financial expertise on boards had now become “slightly overgrown”, he argued governing bodies should pay more attention to artists who are willing to take risks.Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival about the Globe’s ambitious project to perform Hamlet around the world, completed under his tenure, he said he had encountered too many people with a negative approach to new ideas in the UK.
TWO US TEENAGERS have been found guilty of raping a fellow high school student – a case made notorious when a video of boys laughing about the assault on the “dead” drunk girl went viral.Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, both high school football players in the small Ohio town of Steubenville, broke down when they heard the verdict on Sunday, which found them “delinquent beyond a reasonable doubt” on all counts.Further charges may be brought against other people involved in the incident, which continued well after the 11 August assault as pictures and videos were shared via text message and uploaded to social media sites like Facebook.“Many of the things that we learned during this trial that our children were saying and doing were profane, were ugly,” said Judge Thomas Lipps.In one video, high school boys laughed about watching the rape, saying the girl “deserved to be peed on.”Other videos and photos showed Mays and Richmond lifting the unconscious and nearly naked 16-year-old girl by her hands and feet.Because they were tried as juveniles, the judge determined the verdict and the sentence, which the boys began serving immediately.Richmond must serve a minimum of one year in a juvenile rehabilitation facility and a maximum of up until he turns 21, while Mays, charged with a second crime of “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material,” was sentenced to a minimum of two years and a maximum of up until he turns 24.They both apologised in court to the victim, her family and the community. Richmond said they had “no intentions” to commit the crimes, and Mays said “those pictures shouldn’t have been sent around, let alone even taken.”Richmond’s father also apologised and asked for forgiveness for the boys for what he called “a terrible mistake.”The 16-year-old victim was not in the room, but her mother addressed the court, telling the boys: You displayed not only a lack of… compassion but a lack of any moral code.“You were your own accuser through the social media that you chose to publish your criminal conduct on,” she said. “I have pity for you both.”The girl’s lawyer, Bob Fitzsimmons, told CNN she was “doing well” and was relieved that the court case had finished.“She’s a 16-year-old girl still, and she’s a high school student. She just wants to get back with her normal life, as does the family,” he said.“Repeatedly degraded the victim”Ohio Assistant Attorney General Marianne Hemmeter said in opening statements last Wednesday that the two boys treated the girl like a “toy” and repeatedly degraded her by sending the photos to their friends.Defense lawyers had disputed the prosecution’s assertion that the girl was too drunk to consent, and insisted the boys’ actions did not constitute rape.The case has raised awareness of the power and danger of social media and cyber bullying, as sexually explicit or other humiliating pictures and videos spread like wildfire with a click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone.One in six US children aged 12 to 17 have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude photo or video of someone they know, a recent study by the Pew Research Center found.And the Crimes Against Children Research Center estimated that police investigated nearly 3,500 cases of youth-produced sexual images in 2008 and 2009.- © AFP, 2013Read: Swiss woman gang-raped in central India >
L’UEFA, apporte son soutien à l’opération Earth Hour L’UEFA va apporter son soutien à son partenaire de responsabilité sociale, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) en participant à l’opération Une heure pour la Terre (Earth Hour) qui aura lieu samedi 31 mars. L’objectif est de souligner le problème du dérèglement climatique.L’UEFA, l’instance dirigeante du football européen, se joint à la campagne organisée par le réseau WWF à travers le monde. Ainsi, les lumières du siège de l’UEFA (la Maison du football européen à Nyon, sur les bords du Lac Léman) seront éteintes pendant une heure, samedi soir à 20h30.À lire aussiDes scientifiques mettent au point une technique révolutionnaire pour débarrasser les océans du plastiqueL’an dernier, 135 pays avaient participé à l’Heure de la Terre en procédant à un certain nombre de mise hors tension. “En 2012, la plus grande action bénévole pour l’environnement, Une heure pour la Terre, demande aux gens d’aller au-delà de cette heure et de réaliser de grandes choses pour la planète avec ‘Je le ferai si tu le feras’. C’est une occasion d’inciter vos amis, votre famille, les organisations et les gouvernements à adopter des pratiques nécessaires de toute urgence.””Le changement climatique est un problème mondial qui exige une solution mondiale. Je suis content que l’UEFA s’inscrive dans le cadre de l’Heure de la Terre 2012”, a déclaré Peter Gilliéron, membre du Comité exécutif de l’UEFA et président de la Commission du fair-play et de la responsabilité sociale de l’UEFA. « Nous encourageons la famille du football dans son entier, les associations, les ligues, les clubs et les fans, à adopter de toute urgence des pratiques de développement durable nécessaires et à rejoindre l’action bénévole». Le 29 mars 2012 à 16:50 • Maxime Lambert
Reddit’s r/Games Stages April Fool’s Day Shutdown To Protest…Google Maps Celebrates April Fool’s With Twist on Classic ‘S… Stay on target Got gas? SodaStream and Scott Kelly can help you with that. The Israel-based manufacturing company and American astronaut just revealed SodaStreamMe, a “revolutionary” technology that turns your burps into sparkling water.On April Fool’s Day, SodaStream teased the mock product campaign on YouTube, which shows Kelly introducing the innovation in an infomercial-style format. SodaStreamMe is a portable bottle that allows you to carbonate your own drinks. Just blow into the device to release your excess carbon dioxide, and you’ll get sparkling beverages on the spot.The idea for this goofy product is based on real research that’s focused on excess amounts of carbon dioxide in space. SodaStreamMe aims to help people who suffer from excessive burping, and Kelly sums up the spoof product’s mission by saying, “When life gives you gas, make SodaStream.”At the end of the mock commercial, viewers are invited to SodaStreamMe’s website, where in a video, the prank is revealed and Kelly explains how burping in space isn’t actually possible. Even though the product isn’t real, it’s a hilarious concept that’s based on actual scientific data and generates a lot of laughs.“April Fool’s pranks have become a SodaStream tradition. We took this one to the next level by rooting it in scientific research conducted with a legendary astronaut, making the prank more credible,” Matti Yahav, chief marketing officer at SodaStream, said in a press statement. “Unfortunately it’s not real – we can’t solve your gas issues – but with SodaStream you can definitely make sparkling water at the touch of the button while caring for the planet.” More on Geek.com:Google Maps Celebrates April Fool’s With Twist on Classic ‘Snake’ Game Watch: Meteor Lights Up Sky Over Florida, Stuns WitnessesNASA’s Cassini Reveals Secrets of Saturn’s Mini ‘Ravioli’ Moons
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, July 22, 2019:#1) Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team MeetingThe Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#2) “Women In Business” Event with Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of CommerceThe Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce is co-hosting a “Women in Business” event Monday, July 22, 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, at Austin Prep (101 Willow Road, Reading).Have you ever daydreamed about changing careers? Hear first-hand from Sheila Clarke, who was a successful HR recruiter with an eye for design. Fast forward a few years, and she is now the owner of M H Interiors and was recently featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters. Come learn about her story, how she leveraged her listening and communication skills in her new career and the steps she took along the way to make the leap. This series typically sells out so pre-paid, advanced registration is required.Registration, networking and appetizers begin at 5:30pm. Presentation begins at 6:15pm.Tickets cost $10 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance HERE. Have a question? Contact Executive Director Nancy Vallee at firstname.lastname@example.org.The Melrose, Wakefield Lynnfield, Stoneham and Wilmington/Tewksbury Chambers are hosting the event.#3) The Buzz Book Club MeetingThe Buzz Book Club is holding its monthly meeting at 1pm at the Wilmington Senior Center. This month’s featured book is “She Would Be King” by Wayetu Moore. Members are asked to get their own book for this meeting. No registration required.#4) Wingmasters At Wilmington Memorial LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Wingmasters at 6:30pm. This presentation, which incorporates five live birds, gives an overview of eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls. The program is designed to explain predation, the birds’ place at the top of the food web, their different hunting adaptations and their status in a rapidly changing world. Because many birds of prey are declining in number, this presentation also features one or more of the endangered raptors that we care for, and explains why these species face an uncertain future. Ages 4+. Register HERE.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce To Co-Host ‘Women In Business’ Event On July 22In “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowMurkowski looks at Trump, sees resource developmentLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Sen. Murkowski is skeptical of some of President Trump’s actions, but in a speech to the Alaska Legislature, Murkowski portrayed the Trump administration as an opportunity for resource development. She also says she won’t vote to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal Medicaid expansion.State moves forward on filling attorney general positionAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska moved a step closer today to permanently filling the position of attorney general.Study shows rise in some prenatal exposure to opiatesAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA new study from a state epidemiologist looks at babies who were exposed to opiates before birth. Unlike pervious studies, it goes beyond the sharp rise in cases for a portion of the population to explore what happens next.Carbon monoxide a factor in Soldotna deathsShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerThe deaths of two Soldotna residents found in a burned truck in November have been ruled accidental.After uncertainty, Alaska national parks get green light to hire summer staffEmily Files, KHNS – HainesAlaska National Parks can hire the hundreds of seasonal employees they need to keep up with summer operations. Seasonal staffing was thrown into limbo when President Donald Trump ordered a federal hiring freeze in January. After about a month of questions and waiting, Alaska national parks can now get to business hiring summer staff.Twenty years after the Bethel School shootingAnna Rose MacArthur and Rhonda McBride, KYUK – BethelFebruary 19, 1997. If you lived in Bethel on that day, you would remember exactly where you were and what you were doing, even though it was 20 years ago. That’s the day Evan Ramsey took a 12-gauge shotgun to school and opened fire in the lobby, just before class started.Mt. Edgecumbe High School marks 70th anniversaryEmily Russell, KCAW – Sitka70 years ago, Feb. 22, 1947, the Bureau of Indian Affairs opened Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. BIA and other boarding institutions that operated in Alaska until the 1980s left some students traumatized, while others say it saved their lives.Ask a Climatologist: We know it’s bad in the Arctic, what about the Antarctic?Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSea ice extent in the waters off Antarctica reached a record low last week. That bucks the recent trend of increasing sea ice off the continent. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with climatologist Brian Brettschneider each week as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. This week, we’re responding to a listener who asked whether sea ice in Antarctic waters has been generally increasing while arctic ice has seen dramatic declines.
Aniruddha Roy“I just stepped out of the Union Bank office [Gulshan 1] after a meeting there, a man approached, said salam and asked, ‘Are you Aniruddha? Are you the honorary consul of Belarus?’“And I was walking along and talking to him when suddenly another person whisked me off in a microbus. They threatened me to keep looking down on the floor, and not to look at them or outside the car. They were constantly threatening me saying: ‘If you will look outside, you will be killed’. I was forced to sit in such a manner so that people from outside can think that I am a normal co-passenger of them.”Aniruddha Roy, a businessman and the honorary consul of Belarus who returned home on 16 November as much as 81 days after his disappearance, was narrating how he was abducted, while talking to Prothom Alo at his Gulshan residence on Sunday.Read more: Nearly 400 disappear in 9 yrsHe said he was confined in a room for 81 days. The room just had a bed and an attached bathroom. No light could enter the windowless room. There was just a small opening in the toilet for ventilation, but no light came through there either.Talking to Prothom Alo, Aniruddha said he went to Sonargaon Hotel in the morning on that fateful day to do exercise and then attended a meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat before joining the meeting at Union Bank.“I was planning to take my meal at home after the Union Bank meeting. That is why I was hungry. I could hardly think clearly.“The incident took place in a matter of seconds. I couldn’t imagine what was happening. Even my driver could not understand what was going on. The microbus drove around for long after I was picked up around 4:30pm.“It was night when they dropped me in front of a building. Two people from both sides took me upstairs. It seemed they took me to a room on the first floor of a building. It was an apartment building,” he added.About the room in which he was kept, Aniruddha said, “The bed was made of wood. It was a single bed and very ordinary. It was neat and clean.Several different persons would bring in my food. My meals consisted of rice, curry, fish, meat and other items. They served roti and curry for breakfast and sometimes they also had khicchuri.”He also said, “Those who served my food asked me about my business and my partnership.”He said, “I will try to meet the PM. I will talk to her about how to resolve the problem. As a member of the minority community, I want justice.”“There is no doubt that the people who did this were very professional. It was an expert operation. It was planned for me. I was confined for 81 days inside a room. They served food on a tray timely. The room was locked from outside.”Two days after his return, Aniruddha, a CIP (Commercially Important Person), sent a letter to the media regarding his abduction.In the letter, he accused his business partner Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin and others of kidnapping him.“I, Aniruddha Roy, managing director of RMM group, am a victim of business vengeance. My business partner Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahin Gong tried his best to grab my three companies: RMM Leather Industries Ltd, RMM Knitting Clothing Ltd, RMM Sweater that comprise assets of more than 1.5 billion taka. On 27 August, after returning from a meeting at Union Bank at Gulshan-1, at about 4:30pm, I was abducted. I suspect I fell prey to business vengeance,” read the letter.But, he did not file any case till Sunday last against the accused.When contacted, Mohiuddin Ahmed denied the accusation of being involved in the abduction, saying he was shocked and saddened over the incident.Aniruddha Roy’s allegations are completely false, said Mohiuddin Ahmed, adding that the incident has humiliated him.Mohiuddin claimed that he has the facts and documents to prove the allegations false.“The matter is not true. I’ll take further action after looking into the legal aspects of the matter,” he added.Gulshan police officer-in-charge Abu Bakar Siddique said, “We saw a letter published in media. But,he has not raised any allegations to the police in this regard. The police hasn’t even been able to talk to him in the past three days.” *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.
Sonali BankThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has cleared the way for hiring more than 2200 officers by the state-owned Sonali Bank.In its order issued on Tuesday, the apex court withdrew the moratorium on the hiring setting aside an appeal petition.As many as 474 jobseekers filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging a 2016 Sonali Bank circular for appointing 2201 officers.The petitioners claimed that they were selected through a recruitment test as per a 2014 job circular but not given appointment. They demanded completion of the recruitment process before issuing fresh circular for hiring.However, as the High Court rejected their plea, they filed leave to appeal petitions with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.A four-member Appellate Division bench led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Thursday finally rejected the petitions seeking moratorium.Abdul Matin Khasru, Kamrul Haque Siddique and AM Amin Uddin moved the petitions while Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mohammad Mehedi Hassan represented the Sonali Bank during the hearing of the petitions.On 22 February 2016, Sonali Bank authorities published a job circular for recruiting a total of 2201 senior officer and officers.
Oikya Front leaders including Kamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday. Photo: Sajid HossainThe Jatiya Oikya Front, a coalition of the opposition parties, will take part in the 11th national election as part of what its leaders said ongoing movement.The alliance has also urged the Election Commission to defer the polls date by a month.”Oikya Front has decided to join polls as part of its movement to restore democracy,” Oikya Front leader and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a press conference at the National Press Club on Sunday.Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain said, “The Front has been formed to restore the power of the people. We hope the alliance will earn the trust of the people and establish people’s ownership of the country.”Mirza Fakhrul Islam said the minimum level of a level playing field has not been created and the electoral code of conduct is being violated through the publicity of the government’s development activities through different channels including Bangladesh Television.”The use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the polls has not been cancelled. Under this circumstance, it is almost impossible to hold a free and fair election. It is very difficult to take decision in joining polls,” he said.Despite this, Oikya Front has given priority to resolve the political crisis through dialogues, added the Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He also said that the ruling Awami League did not show any interest to solve the problem as the Front leaders are being harassed and detained despite assurance of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.The movement of vehicles was suspended before the Rajshahi rally and BNP leaders and activists were detained, he added.Front leaders including Kamal Hossain, BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Jamiruddin Sircar, JSD president ASM Abdur Rab, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury were present in the press briefing.Ignoring the request of the Oikya Front, the Election Commission announced the schedule of the voting day on 23 December.
High Court. File PhotoA writ has been filed with the High Court seeking a stay on the schedule of the 11th parliamentary elections to be held on 30 December.Advocate Eunus Ali Akand filed the writ with the bench concerned of the High Court on Sunday morning, reports news agency UNB.The HC bench of Mainul Islam Chowdhury and Mohammad Ashraful Kamal is likely to hear the writ anytime today, said the petitioner.The petitioner also sought issuance of a rule to declare the schedule as illegal as it was announced without dissolving the national parliament as well as a stay on the election procedure until the issue is settled.The chief election commissioner, cabinet secretary, law secretary and four others were made respondents to the rule.According to section 66 of the constitution, a person shall be disqualified for election as or for being, a member, if a person holding any office of profit in the service of the Republic or of a statutory public authority, the petitioner added.According to the constitution, he further said, those who enjoy government perks and privileges cannot contest any election. “Now ministers and MPs of the present parliament are enjoying government perks and privileges, and they are going to contest the election, which is contradictory to the constitution,” he added.Besides, if the election is held without dissolution of parliament, there will be two parliaments after the election, and the number of MPs will stand at 600.”But, according to section 65 of the constitution, the number of parliament shall be 300,” he added.Besides, according to section 123, the election should to be held after dissolution of parliament.
Share X Listen 00:00 /00:48 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Photo via PixabayGreater Houston added nearly 63,000 jobs in 2017, according to newly released data revisions by the Texas Workforce Commission.That’s substantially more than the previous estimate of 46,000, and more than double what the Greater Houston Partnership forecast for the year.Patrick Jankowski, regional economist with the GHP, said this can be attributed to job growth after Hurricane Harvey.“When everybody came back to work, there were things that needed to be repaired, things that needed to be purchased and replaced, and people were tired of sitting at home and they wanted to entertain themselves a little bit,” he said. “So we saw job growth in the fourth quarter in construction and in retail and in restaurants.”Jankowski said the fourth quarter of 2017 was the strongest on record for these sectors.One concerning number is the 1,400 job losses in healthcare, he said. The GHP had forecast healthcare to be the biggest job creator in 2017.Jankowski blames the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act and rising costs for healthcare providers.The TWC revisions also revealed that the region lost jobs in both 2015 and 2016.
6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 3, 2019 Another year, another jam-packed new iOS release from Apple.The upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating system — iOS 13 — is a faster, more privacy-focused mobile operating system, with new features and improvements across most of its core functionality.Onstage at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced that the updated OS is significantly faster and more data-conscious, with a new app download packaging format that makes downloads 50 percent smaller and updates 60 percent smaller.Apps will also launch twice as fast, with 30 percent faster Face ID unlock. A new low data mode can be enabled in settings, too, while a QuickPath keyboard enables swipe-to-type functionality and Apple Music supports time-synced lyrics.Here’s what else you can expect from iOS 13, which will arrive this fall.Dark ModeFederighi shows off dark mode in iOS 13.Image Credit: Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesOne of iOS 13’s headlining features is dark mode at an OS level rather than app level. The setting will darken the background across iOS, from Messages to Reminders to the home screen.Privacy, Privacy, PrivacyIf iOS 13 has another big theme, it’s privacy. The company is doubling down on its reputation for privacy in the latest mobile OS release by building in more data controls across the experience.For the first time, you can share your location with an app just once and then require permission the next time it wants it. Apple will also give you regular reports showing which apps are tracking you, and shut down loopholes like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi scanning. Oh, and iOS 13 will send unknown spam calls directly to voicemail.Apple is also taking aim once again at Facebook with Sign In with Apple, which gives users a fast, easy way to sign into apps without third-party social tracking. The sign-in button is authenticated with Face ID to log users in without revealing any new personal info.Going even further, Apple will also give users the option to hide their email and create a unique random address for each app that Apple will forward to your real email address.New privacy features extend to HomeKit, where a new service called HomeKit Secure Video will analyze security camera footage on-premises in an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV device before encrypting and uploading footage privately to iCloud, where it will be stored for 10 days for users to review. Home security footage won’t count against iCloud data caps.Finally, Apple is working with partners inlcuding Linksys, Eero, and ISPs like Spectrum to release HomeKit-enabled home routers that will automatically firewall off smart home accessories for an additional layer of security.Maps, iMessage, and MemojiThere are also updates and improvements to many of the flagship iOS apps. There’s a new gallery view in Notes, an improved interface for Reminders, and improvements to Safari and Mail. However, some of the biggest additions are in Maps, messaging, and Memoji.In Apple Maps, there’s greater detail in everything from buildings to topography, which is rolling out in the US by the end of the year. A new Favorites bar at the bottom of the Maps home screen lets users tap and go to starred locations, as well as save points of interest into “Collections.” The top right of the map also shows a new binocular icon to open the “look-around window,” a Google Street View-like feature letting users tap around and explore locations in a high-def 3D view.On the Messages front, Apple is integrating animoji and memoji deeper into the experience. When users share names and photos, they will also have the option to share their animoji with each other to use as the contact photo, and customize them further with new makeup and accessory options, from hats and glasses to bespoke AirPods.Apple is taking aim at Snapchat as well with a new Bitmoji clone feature called Memoji Stickers to create and share sticker packs of your virutal avatar within Messages with one tap from the keyboard.Camera and PhotosApple always showcases camera and photos app improvements at WWDC, and this year is no different. In iOS 13, iPhone cameras can take advantage of a new Portrait lighting feature with high-key mono effect, where users can adjust lighting intensity by virtually moving a light closer or further away from a subject.Yet the biggest addition in the Camera app is the ability to edit videos. For the first time, iOS 13 users can rotate videos, and apply the same filters and effects as photos.The Photos app is being redesigned with machine learning to remove duplicates and clutter with a new pinch-to-zoom mode, plus a new organization tab at the bottom of the screen to sort photos into days, months, and years. The app will surface photos and organize days based on events you attended in past years, using ML to customize how your photo and video memories are displayed.SiriFinally, Apple announced improvements to Siri across iOS, from iPhones and AirPods to HomePod and CarPlay.When you’re wearing AirPods, Siri will now announce messages or incoming iMessages from other messaging apps. There’s also one-tap audio sharing, which you can send to other iOS users or to your HomePod, which is now enabled with Handoff.Siri on the HomePod will also now be able to recognize which user is talking and play music based on each speaker’s history and preferences. The smart speaker will also be able to play live music from more than 100,000 radio stations. On CarPlay, there’s a new dashboard that now works with third-party apps such as Pandora and Waze.Siri is also sporting a smoother, completely software-generated voice based on neural text-to-speech for more natrural cadence and emphasis, plus an improved Siri Shortcuts app now built into access shortcuts. This includes a new Suggested Automations feature to take your habits and personalize them with Siri. This story originally appeared on PCMag Enroll Now for Free
Many people applauded Costa Rica for outlawing shrimp trawling last year. The new ruling has survived many court challenges and even today the shrimp industry and INCOPESCA, which manages the country’s fisheries, is doing technical studies on a supposedly sustainable type of trawling.Henry Marin, a socioeconomic expert and project manager for FECOP, an organization that advocates for sports fishing and of sustainable fishing in Costa Rica, understands that conservation also has a social cost.“What most people don’t realize is that the ruling displaced 300 women in Puntarenas who worked as shrimp peelers that now are left unemployed. Many of these women are the heads of their households,” Marin said.Hundreds of people in Puntarenas were employed by the trawling industry.Larry Dahlberg, the legendary fisherman, lure maker, and host of television show Hunt for Big Fish, visited Costa Rica recently and Marin explained the shrimp peeler blight. They both agreed that conservation had a social cost. Then they agreed they could do something about it.Dahlberg has designed many famous fishing lures and last year offered to come down and teach these women displaced from the shrimping industry how to make fishing lures since they were well adapted to working with their hands. Marin started the leg-work and contacted the women’s group. Then there were meetings with INCOPESCA, which is in charge of Costa Rican fisheries, and Instituto Nacional de Aprenizaje (INA), Costa Rica’s technical institute. Both groups were eager to participate.Dahlberg enlisted the help of Mike Faupel, President of Alumilite Engineering Company who owns MakeLure.com; Amazing Casting products, suppliers of molding and casting products; and Brad Roberts, a well-known lure maker and owner of Jaw Sportswear. The three will be spending the last week of February in Costa Rica training a group of these women as well as five INA instructors to carry on the training to keep the program growing.The group will be making fishing lures for both hard and soft baits and are planning to develop a bio-degradable lure. After they learned the molding process, they can expand to other products like souvenirs for cruise ship tourists that visit Puntarenas. The project will not be the solution for all 300 women, but if done properly, the co-op they form will employ a good number of women. Marin understands this is only the first step. “They will need help learning how to manage a business and INA has plans to include this in the program,” Marin said. “Volunteers are invited to participate, especially university students in business administration or with knowledge of 3D printing looking for a community project are welcome.”For more information or to volunteer for the project contact Henry Marin at 2291-9150 firstname.lastname@example.org Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at email@example.com.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Hooray! Now we can go fishing with our children Fight over shrimp trawling continues in legislature Costa Rica declines to vote on shark protections at international convention Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans?