first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook USAfter the critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning phenomenon that was Get Out, expectations couldn’t be higher for Jordan Peele’s next thing – and since the trailer hadn’t dropped at press time, all we know is that the story involves a family’s beach-house getaway being interrupted by uninvited guests. Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke co-star with Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker and Moonrise Kingdom’s Kara Hayward. But honestly, “Jordan Peele’s next thing” was all we needed. March 15 NWIT: CHAPTER TWOAndy Muschietti did a more than decent job directing the first part of this adaptation of Stephen King’s horror opus about seven losers battling a shape-shifting monster named Pennywise. The second part – filmed, like the first, in and around Toronto – will be more of a challenge, but it’s got plenty of star power, including Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing the adult counterparts to three of Chapter One’s teens. Word is Muschietti has dispensed with the book’s icky ending. If he gets the Chinese restaurant fortune cookie scene right, I’m in. September 6 GSUNCUT GEMScenter_img Advertisement Lupita Nyong’o stars in Jordan Peele’s horror film Us. (Universal Pictures) If you noticed the Safdie Brothers and The Weeknd liking each others’s pics on Instagram and wondered if they were collaborating – they are. The Toronto musician is appearing with Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch and Trinidad James in this crime drama set in New York City’s diamond district. The auteur brothers have had this project on the back burner for years, and now that Good Time has raised their profile – Martin Scorsese signed on to exec-produce this one – it’s finally happening. Release TBA KR Twitterlast_img read more

Home sales down listings up in Calgary

first_imgWhen it comes to new home sales, Calgary is generally considered to be a buyer’s market.Despite that, prices for a two-story home are up by about 3.2 percent over the past year.The average listing is about $529,000.Corrine Lyall with Royal LePage said there are a lot more listings compared to a year ago.“There’s definitely some really great choice for buyers, especially with the larger amount of inventory we have this year compared to last year. I think we’re almost 30 percent more in term of new listings on the market,” she said.Lyall says because there are more choices, many first-time buyers are skipping entry-level homes and purchasing higher-end houses.last_img

Photographer assaulted outside court by CDSs security

Wijegunaratne’s security had then attempted to push Handuwala and several other journalists aside and one officer then punched Handuwala in the chest. Police on duty at the court had then detained the security officer who assaulted Handuwala and recorded a statement over the incident.A Navy officer attached to Ravindra Wijegunaratne’s security unit apologised to the media saying Wijegunaratne had not issued instructions to his security officers to intimidate the journalists. (Colombo Gazette) Handuwala was assaulted when he attempted to take a photograph of Wijegunaratne leaving court. A photographer attached to The Sunday Morning newspaper was assaulted by a security officer of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne outside the Fort Magistrates’ court today, the website of The Sunday Morning newspaper reported.The photographer, Indika Handuwala was assaulted when Ravindra Wijegunaratne was coming out of the court for lunch after appearing to make a statement regarding the case on the abduction of 11 youth today. read more

Humanitarian situation in Côte dIvoire risks further deterioration UN envoy

Having just returned from her five-nation assessment mission to West Africa, Carolyn McAskie told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York that although President Laurent Gbagbo issued a statement accepting at least the spirit of the Linas-Morcoussis Agreement, “we are currently waiting to see if the rebels will in fact take that as full implementation of the accord and come to the table.””At the moment, they are not yet accepting to come back to the table,” said Ms. McAskie, the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for the Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. “We are very concerned about the breakdown of society in the country, and my sense is that even should the peace accord suddenly jump into life, it would take months if not more than a year to stabilize the population and the country.”Recalling that her mission – with stops in Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali – also examined the effects of the Ivoirian conflict on neighbouring countries, Ms. McAskie said the fighting has been characterized by attacks on so-called foreigner nationals of other West African countries living and working in Côte d’Ivoire. “Those people, some of whom have lived and worked in Côte d’Ivoire for generations, have now fled because of the fighting,” she said, adding “we’re talking about 200,000 or 300,000 people, and the numbers are growing.”Ms. McAskie said that even in Government-controlled areas, life was not very easy for Ivoirians. “The current attitudes on the Government side are not acceptable,” she said, recounting troubling incidents highlighted in the report of the recent fact-finding mission to the region by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights. Those included attacks on shantytowns, harassment by police and harassment by young vigilantes who had been authorized by the Government for “self-defence” of certain areas.After such a brutal conflict and serious tensions that spread through the whole West African region, there was no guarantee that people would just go back to their homes, she added. “We’ll have to help the country reconstruct a lot of its services.” She said the funding is not where it should be and she will shortly be making a humanitarian appeal for more donor support. Follow-up on the economic impact of the crisis will also have to be undertaken.Meanwhile, in Abidjan, the Secretary-General’s new Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tevoedjre, has taken up his duties. Yesterday, he held the first follow up committee meeting of the agreement reached among the Ivoirian parties last month in France. read more

Officials hail historic inaugural session of UN Peacebuilding Commission

In what United Nations officials hailed as an historic milestone in global efforts to help countries avert a relapse into bloodshed after emerging from conflict, the first meeting of the newly created Peacebuilding Commission was held today at UN Headquarters in New York.“There are few issues on which there is greater consensus, or higher expectations, than on the responsibility of the United Nations to help States and societies recover from the devastation of war,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared as the Commission’s Organizational Committee began its inaugural session.“The Commission represents a symbol of both hope and perseverance: hope for the many millions of people throughout the world who are striving to keep their societies on the fragile road to peace; and perseverance, because you have overcome considerable difficulties to get this new and vital endeavour up and running.” Speaking to reporters following today’s meeting, the Secretary-General called today “an important day for the Organization.”Echoing this view, General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden proclaimed: “This week we are writing history in the United Nations.” In his address to the Committee, he saw its meeting as part of a continuum on the road to reform. “Last Monday, we opened the first meeting of the new Human Rights Council. Today, we are here to inaugurate the Peacebuilding Commission,” he noted.“The United Nations has been successful in ending wars; building sustainable peace has proved much more difficult,” Mr. Eliasson added, citing recent events in Timor-Leste as a reminder of “the need for sustained attention.” Burundi and Sierra Leone, two countries that have made much progress in emerging from devastating civil conflicts but which continue to face great political and economic challenges, are the first to be referred to the Commission for attention, officials said. Last month, Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Carolyn McAskie, who until recently was his top envoy to Burundi, as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support.The Commission’s Organizational Committee, made up of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Poland, Brazil and Belgium, is also tasked with setting up the new body’s procedures and working methods.Elected chairman today was Gaspar Martins, the Ambassador of Angola, a once war-ravaged country where the United Nations helped to foster stability.“Peacebuilding is about liberating people from the conflict trap and laying the foundation for sustainable peace and development,” he told those present. “As we embark on this integrated and innovative approach, let us not forget that we will be judged not by the eloquence of our statements but by the concrete actions we help set in motion in order to meet the expectations of those trapped in conflict.”Following the inaugural meeting, Ambassador Martins joined Mr. Eliasson as well as Foreign Minister Stig Moller of Denmark, current President of the Security Council, and Ambassador Ali Hachani of Tunisia, President of the Economic and Social Council, to welcome the beginning of the Peacebuilding Commission’s work.“For peace-building we really mean to pull our efforts together,” Mr. Martins told the press on behalf of all the bodies represented, “to bring about something which can make a difference, not so much here, in New York, but to make a difference right there on the ground.”The notion of a Peacebuilding Commission was first proposed in 2004 by the Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Threats Challenges and Change. In his 2005 report In Larger Freedom, the Secretary-General envisioned the Commission as an intergovernmental advisory body, which could marshal resources at the disposal of the international community to advise and propose strategies for post-conflict recovery, focusing attention on reconstruction, institution-building and sustainable development, in countries emerging from conflict. Later endorsed by the 2005 World Summit, the Commission will lay the groundwork for the creation of a unified strategy for dealing with the specific problems of each country emerging from conflict. Its mandate requires that members of the Commission act only by consensus, proposing integrated strategies for stabilization, economic recovery and development.The Peacebuilding Commission’s membership includes seven members of the Security Council, including its five permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States); seven States from the Economic and Social Council, elected from regional groups; five top contributors to the UN budget; and five top providers of military personnel and civilian police to UN missions. The General Assembly elected seven additional members, giving special consideration to States that have experienced post-conflict recovery. read more

Late goal extends Barcas unbeaten streak against Atletico

MADRID — Ousmane Dembele scored a late equalizer for Barcelona to draw with Atletico Madrid 1-1 on Saturday, extending its unbeaten run against the Madrid club to 17 Spanish league matches.The result also kept Barcelona in the lead, one point in front of Atletico.Sevilla has a chance to move past both clubs if it defeats Valladolid at home on Sunday.Diego Costa put the hosts in front with a 77th-minute header for his first league goal of the season, but Dembele ended Atletico’s hopes of ending its eight-year winless streak against Barcelona with a goal from inside the area in the 90th after a pass by Lionel Messi.Atletico has only two wins against Barcelona in 27 matches, both in the Champions League, with the last one in 2016. Atletico hasn’t beaten the Catalan club in the league since 2010, before coach Diego Simeone took charge.Barcelona was coming off a 4-3 home loss against Real Betis and entered the match with one of the league’s worst defences with 18 goals conceded.It was an even match from the start, with Barcelona trying to control possession while Atletico held back on defence and tried to take advantage of counterattacks.Neither team created significant scoring chances at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium until Costa opened the scoring with a close-range header on a corner taken by Antoine Griezmann. Dembele’s equalizer came with a low left-footed shot past goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Dembele had entered the match in the 80th to replace Arthur.Messi, in his second match since returning from a broken forearm, set up Dembele’s goal but he had not been much of a factor until then.Barcelona featured the return of central defender Samuel Umtiti, who hadn’t played since the end of September because of a left knee injury. Coach Ernesto Valverde lost midfielder Sergi Roberto just before halftime because of an injury.Atletico was without its regular starters in central defence as Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez were injured.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

Pensioners will be asked to train as fitness instructors

The phrase ‘put your feet up’ is one of the most dangerous in the English language – we need to reimagine ageing so we grow older activelySteven Ward, ukactive Previous research suggests that one in four people over the age of 65 said they felt self-conscious in gyms, with just as many saying they would be more likely to go if there were more people their own age attending sessions.Older women were significantly more likely to visit the gym if they had a friend to go with them, although it made less difference to older men, the study of pensioners found.Official data shows walking levels have fallen by more than a third in three decades, with the average person spending less than 10 minutes a day on foot. Britain’s obesity rates are the highest in Western Europe, and now rising faster than those in the US, with two in three adults overweight or obese, international research shows. Steven Ward, the organisation’s chief executive, called on ministers to support the drive, by subsidising schemes which help older people to retrain as fitness instructors or sports coaches.“The phrase ‘put your feet up’ is one of the most dangerous phrases in the English language – we need to reimagine ageing so we grow older actively and set an example to others,” he said.“Having older instructors join the workforce can make it easier for people to relate to their trainer and demonstrate that physical activity works for all ages, shapes and sizes.”The report, called Reimagining Ageing, to be released at ukactive’s national summit in London on Wednesday, warns that the costs of not tackling inactivity could threaten the future of the NHS. It follows warnings from health officials that NHS trusts will need 50 per cent more staff in the next decade if current lifestyle trends continue, and the health service does not embrace new technology.Professor Martin Vernon, national clinical director for older people, NHS England, said: “Getting people of all generations more active can improve our chances of ageing well together and living life independently and productively into our later years.“Ukactive’s report makes an essential contribution toward delivering this ambition, and explores how we can begin to support people to increase their personal activity. For many, this is a choice that represents a chance to live a longer, more productive, and happier life.” An army of pensioners and middle-aged people will be asked to train as fitness instructors in a bid to help over 55s feel less self-conscious in the gym.Health officials said the measures to tackle Britain’s inactivity epidemic could help extend life expectancy, and lift mounting pressures on the NHS.Older adults will be encouraged to retrain as personal trainers, in the hope that it will inspire others approaching middle age to take up gym memberships, or join a local running or walking club.Professor Sir Muir Gray, an adviser to Public Health England, said too many people assumed that old-age led automatically to frailty, when in fact an active lifestyle could protect mobility for decades.He urged over 55s to consider retraining in the fitness industry – to boost their own health and encourage millions more to follow suite.“Older age doesn’t have to mean ill health and we know physical inactivity is one of the main contributors to developing dementia and frailty. We need an army of older fitness instructors to lead the way, showing their peers how you can live not just longer but better, by being more physically active.” The recommendation from ukactive, a not-for-profit fitness body, comes as research suggests the NHS and wider health system could save almost £8bn over a decade, if one third of inactive over-55s were persuaded to take regular exercise. 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. read more

Traffic ranks not permitted to take away persons documents Traffic Chief

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTint being stripped from Cops’ vehiclesAugust 30, 2017In “Local News”Was another person in ACP Balram Persaud’s vehicle at time of accident?February 25, 2016In “latest news”Ranks not allowed to confiscate documents – Traffic ChiefJune 6, 2016In “latest news” Twenty-two police officers fresh out of Police College, will spend an additional two weeks in training before becoming full-fledged traffic officers.Traffic Chief Deon Moore (second left) with new traffic ranksTraffic Chief Deon Moore said that the exercise was to bolster discipline and tolerance by traffic ranks as they carry out their duties in public. “We took a decision even though they would have graduated from the college, there is still need for them to have specialised training,” Moore explained.The Traffic Chief reiterated that “traffic ranks are not permitted to take away persons documents as a means of using that to get them to go to the station”.“We have recognised that there is a need for training especially in the Traffic Department to boost the level of discipline, the level of tolerance displayed by traffic ranks,” Moore said.Along with the 22 officers an additional four ranks from within the force will be attending the course, bringing the total to 26 traffic officers. The training will seek to improve the ranks public communication skills, improve their directional signals while executing their duties and how to identify and address offences.“Our aim is to ensure that we have a better approach a better quality of service that we offer to members of the public in the filtering of traffic,” the Traffic Chief said.The programme will be conducted by officers of Traffic Headquarters and external facilitators such as retired Traffic Chief and Senior Superintendent Cedrick Boston. read more

Powerful Barca win in Skopje

8.Montpellier7016185:2131 6.Meshkov Brest7205183:2094 4.Vardar7502199:18510 3.Vive Kielce7502217:20210 2.Rhein-Neckar7502229:20710 1.Barcelona7601234:18912 What a performance by FC Barcelona Lassa in Skopje! The Spanish champions beat Macedonians 30:26 (13:9) in the “hell” of Jane Sandanski hall, where 5.500 fans couldn’t help their heroes to achieve win which could put Vardar at the first place in Group B.Vardar: Timur Dibirov 6, Dainis Kristopans 5, Ivan Cupic 4, Vuko Borozan 3, Dmitrii Kiselev 2, Christian Dissinger 2, Stas Skube 2, Rogerio Ferreira 1, Igor Karacic 1Barcelona: Dika Mem 8, Casper Mortensen 4, Ludovic Fabregas 4, Timothey N`guessan 3, Alexi Gomez 3, Aron Palmarsson 3, Jure Dolenec 2, T. Goncalves Dos Santos 1, Victor Gonzales 1, Gilberto Brito 1STANDINGS: FC Barcelona Lassa HandballRK Vardar Skopje 7.Kristianstad7115199:2363 ← Previous Story PSG Handball make “7 on 6” turnover against Flensburg Next Story → Pick Szeged win in Skjern to chase PSG Handball for the first place! 5.Telekom Veszprem7304198:2036

70th Anniversary of Ohi Day

first_imgGreeks around the world are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the emphatic Ohi! (No!) Day. Personally, we will never forget Greece, which, as a small and poor nation, refuted the Axis powers who requested access through the nation.It was on this day in 1940 when the Greek government answered “No” to a request by Mussolini to enter Greece on behalf of the Axis Powers. In Melbourne, the Hellenic Sub Branch of the Returned Services League of Australia (RSL) is organising a range of activities. Steve Kyritsis, the Senior Vice President of the Hellenic Sub Branch, is profoundly aware of the historic event. “Personally, we will never forget Greece, which, as a small and poor nation, refuted the Axis powers who requested access through the nation,” said Mr Kyritsis. “The Italians gave Greece only three hours and the Greek Government said “Ohi!”. Not only did Greece defend itself against the invading Italian forces, it was able to push them back into Albania. The Greek military success was the first Allied victory against the Axis Powers. “The six month delay for Germany was a turning point for the war,” Mr Kyritsis highlighted. “It was an historical day for Greece and the Allies. Greece’s victory allowed the Allies to regroup and halt Germany’s advance,” he added. The Greeks were invaded by Germany after the Italian failure, but continued to defend themselves “honourably and the battle in Crete against the German invaders later,” said Mr Kyritsis.The Battle of Crete cost the Germans over 20,000 casualties as Greek army, partisans and Anzacs, abandoned in Crete, fought side by side against the invader. Ohi Day commemorations in Melbourne will begin with a church service at Saint Eustathio in South Melbourne, which will be proceeded by wreathe laying ceremonies at the Australian Hellenic Memorial and the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. At a later reception at Queen’s Hall at Parliament House the Australian Hellenic Memorial and the Hellenic RSL will present 31 awards to school children who participated in the competition, expressing their knowledge of the Greek and Australian war effort. For more information on the Ohi Day! events contact Steve Kyristis on 0418 571 800 BACKGROUND Mussolini’s Fascist government, in allaince with Nazi Germany, gave Greek dictator General Metaxas an ultimatum in the early hours of October 28 as the Axis sought passage through Greece. Metaxa rejected the ultimatum with a laconic “Ohi” meaning “No”. Heavily armed divisions of Italian soldiers began moving from Italian controlled Albania towards Greece. Italy had ten times the fire-power of Greece and overwhelming sea and air superiority. After a 25 kilometre advance into Greece 200 000 Italian troops were halted for days by a small army of Greek soldiers. Italian generals were shocked by the Greek Army’s strategic knowledge and determination. Greeks were outnumbered yet they drove the Italian forces back deep into Albania. Greek victory provided a rallying cry for the demoralised British and other European nations under attack from the Germans. By the end of the six month campaign, 12 500 Italians returned home as casualties of war; 13 800 were buried in the frozen winder soil of Northern Greece; 25 000 were missing in action; and 40 000 were Prisoners of War held by the Greek Army – it was a humiliating defeat for Mussolini and his Fascist state. All US and British media covered the Greek victory. Hitler was outraged and in April 1941 invaded Greece and, after two months of fierce fighting, overwhelmed the Greeks. Over 10 000 German soldiers died and thousands more were wounded trying to invade Crete making it Germany’s first significant troop loss. The ANZACs, abandoned in Crete, were saved by Cretan partisans, villagers and soldiers and continued to wage guerrilla war with Greeks against the Germans. The Greek resistance in October 1940 and in 1941 against the Axis Powers was considered the turning point of the war, leading to the ultimate defeat of Germany and Italy by the Allies. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Former legislative candidate 19 pleads guilty in crime ring case

first_imgA teenage former candidate for the state Legislature who ran on a platform of conservative values pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to his role in an organized crime ring.Anthony Bittner, who ran in the August 2010 primary election for now-Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler’s open 18th District House seat, admitted to attempted residential burglary and second-degree possession of stolen property.Bittner, 19, will be sentenced Sept. 29. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey said the crimes carry a standard sentencing range of between four-and-a-half months and nine months in jail.Bittner is among at least three teenagers whom prosecutors say were enlisted by a Young Life leader, Jorgan Cattin, to commit property crimes throughout Clark County last September. Cattin is charged with leading organized crime, a class A felony. He goes on trial Sept. 12.Bittner initially was charged with six crimes, including manufacture of a controlled substance (marijuana) and trafficking stolen property. As part of Bittner’s plea bargain, the 2010 Skyview High School graduate agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Cattin. Through attorneys Steven Myers and Tom Phelan, Bittner admitted his role Thursday to Clark County Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson. He said he and others conspired to burglarize a home in Battle Ground on Sept. 14 and that he took part “by driving to and waiting outside” the house.last_img read more

Apartment fire sparks after boxes left on stove

first_imgFirefighters say a sprinkler system saved an apartment complex from what could have been an overnight fire.Firefighters responded to a water flow alarm at the Heritage Green Apartments, 3100 S.E. 168th Ave. just after 4:20 a.m.They arrived and found a plastic box and a cardboard box were left on a stove with a lit burner, said Kevin Stromberg, spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department. The boxes caught fire and activated the sprinkler system. The residents were not home at the time.The sprinklers saved the building from a fire but caused water damage to the apartment and the one next door, Stromberg said. The fire could have easily affected multiple families, especially early in the morning, he said.last_img

Former Blazer Oden arrested on battery charges

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Police arrested former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden on battery charges early Thursday, alleging that he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight.The free agent center, who played for the Miami Heat last season, was arrested early Thursday at his mother’s suburban home in Lawrence on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery.Oden, 26, was released from custody Thursday evening. Online Marion County Jail records show Oden was released on a $10,000 bond.According to a Lawrence police report, officers were called to the home at around 3:30 a.m. and found a 24-year-old woman on a sofa with a swollen, bloody face. A friend of the woman told officers that Oden had “punched her in the face.”The report says the injured woman was uncooperative and told officers she had fallen, but was unable to say when and where that occurred.Oden told officers he and the woman had dated for about two years but split up two months ago. According to the report, he said he was arguing with his ex-girlfriend when “things got out of control” and he struck her as he swung his arms to try to break free of two people who were trying to hold him back.last_img read more

Rupali Bank recruitment test cancelled for power outage

first_img.The authorities on Friday cancelled a recruitment test of the state run Rupali Bank for power outage during the exam thanks to the nor’wester that swept through the capital, said officials.The recruitment test for the post of Rupali Bank’s officer (cash) was held from 3:30pm to 5:30pm Friday, but the examination centre at the Dhaka Metropolitan Women College plunged into darkness twice for the nor’wester.Bangladesh Bank general manager and Bankers’ Selection Committee member secretary Mosharraf Hossain Khan confirmed this to Prothom Alo.He said that the examination centre plunged into darkness twice for half an hour each for the nor’wester.“That is why, we’ve decided to scrap the recruitment test,” he said adding that they would announce the revised date for the examination later through the website.A total of 4,000 candidates took the test against 328 posts.Meanwhile, five candidates were arrested for using digital devices for question leakage.last_img read more

Chattogram road crashes kill 2

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo women were killed in two separate road accidents in Chattogram’s Mirsharai upazila on Tuesday.One of the deceased was identified as Sajeda Begum, 42, wife of Akhter Hossain of Madhya Wahedpur village of the upazila while the other woman, aged around 42, could not be identified yet.Sajeda was crushed under an unidentified vehicle around 8:00am near Nizampur area said, Abul Hashem, sub-inspector of Niazmpur Police Investigation Centre.Besides, police recovered the body of an unidentified woman near Borotakia Eye Hospital early Tuesday said, officer- in-charge of Jorarganj highway police Sohel Sarker.last_img

OC handed over Mahmudur to terrorists BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday alleged that the Kushtia police handed over Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman to terrorists pushing him out of the courtroom.He condemned the attack on Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League that left the Amar Desh acting editor injured.”The police failed to take effective step. It can be said that the officer in charge (OC) forcefully handed him over to the terrorists,” Mirza Fakhrul was quoted to have told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.The BNP leader observed that all the state machinery and democratic institutions have turned into ‘Awami League puppets’.“All the state machinery have now completely collapsed, and Bangladesh has turned into a failed state as no institution functions here,” he said.He alleged that the police men are now working at the behest of the Awami League. “They (AL men) have also established control over the judiciary. All the democratic institutions have become the ruling party’s puppets.”The BNP held the briefing to protest against the attack on Mahmudur Rahman allegedly by the BCL men on the Kushtia court premises.Fakhrul said as the BCL activists confined Mahmudur Rahman to a courtroom, he sought protection from the court.Though the court asked the officer-in-charge to come to spot and ensure the security of Mahmudur, he said the police officer did not comply with the court order.“The police unfortunately didn’t take any steps though the highest authorities were also informed about the matter,” Fakhrul added.After the incident, Fakhrul said the government should have ensured his treatment and sent him to any hospital with police protection. “But, they didn’t do it. We strongly condemn and protest the incident.”He demanded immediate arrest of those who were involved in the attack and take judicial action against them.The BNP leader said those involved in such unfair acts will not be brought to justice until the fall of the current regime.BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were, among others, present at the press meet.last_img read more

13 killed in China quake as aftershocks rattle survivors

first_imgA crack, caused by an earthquake, is seen on a road in Jiuzhaigou in China’s southwestern Sichuan province. Photo: AFPAt least 13 people were killed when a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck southwestern China, authorities said Wednesday, but the toll was expected to climb as news trickles out of the remote mountainous region.Aftershocks shuddered across the quake-prone province of Sichuan, adding to the anxiety of victims, with the most powerful reaching a magnitude of 4.8 on Wednesday.Images emerging from the quake zone showed cars and buses tossed into ravines or smashed by giant boulders apparently jolted loose from surrounding hills, while uniformed paramilitary police with shovels were pictured digging through rubble for victims.The earthquake hit late Tuesday, killing 13 and injuring 175, 28 of them seriously, according to a statement by the government of Aba prefecture, where the epicentre was located.Aid organisations warned that it will take time before a clear picture of the scale of the disaster comes into focus due to the area’s difficulty geography.China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, based on past census data of the sparsely populated region, and that tens of thousands of homes may have been damaged.Pictures circulating on social media showed stunned people milling about on debris-strewn streets, fearful of going back inside as more than 1,000 aftershocks were detected, according to China’s official earthquake monitoring agency.Yet another sparsely-populated part of China was rocked by a strong quake Wednesday morning.The 6.3-magnitude tremor shook northwestern Xinjiang region, more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) from Sichuan, according to the USGS, and was followed by local aftershocks of 5.2 and 5.3 magnitude.At least three people there were injured when their home collapsed, official Xinhua news agency said, adding that the initial Xinjiang quake was felt as far away as the regional capital Urumqi more than 200 kilometres to the east.‘All-out efforts’The Sichuan quake was centred near Jiuzhaigou, a picturesque valley region designated as a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site and which is famed for its striking scenery, karst rock formations, waterfalls and lakes.Xinhua said at least five of the deaths occurred in Jiuzhaigou, adding that more than 34,000 people were visiting the popular tourist area at the time and that 31,500 tourists had been moved to safety.Tuesday’s quake evoked memories of a massive 8.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated wide areas of the same region in 2008, leaving 87,000 people dead or missing in what was China’s worst seismic disaster in a generation.The 2008 quake set off deadly landslides, obliterating towns and damning rivers, creating menacing “quake lakes” that required the evacuation of thousands downstream as the army worked to clear the blockages.President Xi Jinping called for “all-out efforts to rapidly organise relief work and rescue the injured” in Tuesday’s quake, according to Xinhua.Sichuan provincial fire authorities said 1,250 soldiers had been mobilised to head to Jiuzhaigou, along with hundreds of vehicles, 30 sniffer dogs and 55 devices used to detect life underneath rubble.Restaurant owner Tang Sesheng fled her business in Jiuzhaigou when the earthquake struck, joining masses of others seeking safety in the town’s large public square for safety.“I was also in Jiuzhaigou in 2008 during the last big quake, so I knew what it was. This felt even stronger,” she told AFP by phone.“People didn’t dare grab anything like money or clothes—we just all ran outside right away.”The quake’s epicentre was 284 kilometres north of the provincial capital Chengdu—where the earthquake was reportedly felt—and struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, the USGS said.Houses collapseXinhua said a landslide at the tourist site left more than 100 visitors trapped and that some houses in Jiuzhaigou collapsed, but there were no immediate reports of casualties from those incidents.The People’s Daily posted video footage on Twitter reportedly showing stranded tourists keeping warm around a campfire at night and photographs of people sleeping under blankets in the street.The Red Cross Society of China said it was sending emergency specialists and volunteers to assist affected communities.“It may take some time to learn the extent of damage and casualties,” said Gwendolyn Pang, a spokesperson with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in China.China is regularly hit by earthquakes, especially its mountainous western and southwestern regions.last_img read more

Egypt since the revolt and fall of Mubarak in 2011

first_imgPeople hold picture of Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi during a symbolic funeral cerenomy on 18 June 2019 at Fatih mosque in Istanbul. Thousands joined in prayer in Istanbul on Tuesday for former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi who died the previous day after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court. Photo: AFPFormer Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was buried in Cairo Tuesday, a day after he died following his collapse in court and nearly six years since his ouster by now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.Here are key dates in Egypt since the revolt which drove Morsi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak from power in February 2011.- Revolution -On 25 January 2011, thousands of Egyptians, inspired by the Tunisian revolt that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, protest in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt demanding longtime dictator Mubarak’s overthrow.On 11 February, after days of vast protests centred in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Mubarak’s newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman announces that the president has resigned and the army is in charge.A crackdown on the protests has left at least 850 dead.- Islamist victory -Islamist parties win a majority of seats at parliamentary elections between November 2011 and January 2012.On 30 June 2012, Morsi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, wins 51.7 per cent of the vote to become Egypt’s first civilian, democratically elected president. He is also the first Islamist to head the country.Egypt’s military rulers dissolve parliament in June. In August, Morsi dismisses military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and replaces him with Sisi, in a purge of top brass.- Morsi ousted -On 3 July 2013, following massive protests against Morsi’s divisive rule, the military led by Sisi overthrows Morsi and detains him. Morsi denounces a coup and calls on his supporters to defend his legitimacy.On 14 August, police disperse two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, killing about 800 people in clashes, according to official figures.The government names the Muslim Brotherhood a “terrorist organisation” in December.- President Sisi -Sisi is elected president with 96.9 per cent of the vote in May 2014. His election comes after the approval of a new constitution bolstering the military’s powers.In late 2015 a new parliament is elected, packed with Sisi supporters.- Repression -Sisi presides over a fierce clampdown. Hundreds of suspected Islamists are sentenced to death or life in prison in mass trials slammed by rights groups.Secular opposition activists are also jailed.Local and international rights groups accuse the regime of torture, forced disappearances, summary executions and repression of dissent.The authorities deny the accusations, pointing to the need for stability and the fight against terrorism.- Jihadist threat -The country also witnesses deadly attacks, perpetrated mainly by the Islamic State group, which kills hundreds of police officers and soldiers in attacks centred on the Sinai peninsula.On 31 October 2015, a Russian airliner carrying tourists from an Egyptian beach resort explodes after taking off, killing all 224 people on board. IS says it had planted a bomb on the plane.On 24 November 2017, a suspected IS attack on a mosque in the Sinai leaves more than 300 dead.More than 100 die in attacks on Christians, also claimed by the group.In February 2018, the army launches a vast “anti-terrorist” operation.- Backing for Sisi -In February 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin travels to Cairo for the first time in a decade and signs a deal to build the first Egyptian nuclear power plant.In March 2015, the Obama administration lifts a partial freeze on military assistance decided after Morsi’s overthrow.King Salman of Saudi Arabia visits Egypt in April 2016.In April 2017, US president Donald Trump praises Sisi as the Egyptian leader visits Washington. Sisi is hosted at the White House for a second time in April 2019.In October 2018, Sisi visits Paris, where he receives strong support from president Emmanuel Macron, who in turn visits Egypt the following January.- Sisi boosted -In March 2018, Sisi is re-elected with 97.08 per cent of the vote. His only opponent is one of his supporters.In April 2019, a controversial constitutional revision allowing the extension of Sisi’s presidency and strengthening his powers is approved by referendum.- Morsi dies -On 17 June 2019, Morsi collapses in court during a retrial over charges of collaborating with foreign powers and militant groups.He arrives at hospital dead, according to the attorney general’s office.Rights groups say the Islamist was denied medical treatment in detention and demand an investigation.last_img read more

CyFair ISD Lifts Expulsion Of Student Who Refused To Stand For Pledge

first_img Share Listen Sam HowzitCypress-Fairbanks ISD has revoked its expulsion of a student who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. The student, India Landry, is suing the school district for damages for violating her constitutional right to freedom of speech.Landry, a senior at Windfern High School, had refused to stand for the Pledge roughly 200 times without incident. On this occasion, she was in the office of Principal Martha Strother. When Landry refused to stand this time, Strother expelled her on the spot.“In a school setting, you still have a right to freedom of speech,” said Landry’s attorney Randall Kallinen on Houston Matters. “There was a 1943 [Supreme Court] case that covered this. It’s a First Amendment right. And furthermore, students cannot be instantaneously kicked out of school, over a 1970s’ Supreme Court case, which said that you have [a] hearing and an opportunity to be heard.”The expulsion lasted four days. Kallinen said that put Landry at risk of being held back a year, because of previous absences.Cy-Fair ISD originally made Landry’s agreeing to stand for the Pledge a condition of her being allowed to return to school. The district reversed its position on Friday, releasing a statement saying no student would be removed from campus for refusing to stand for the Pledge, and the district would deal with the matter internally. X 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Apple Sends Out Invites for March 25 Video Service Event

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Apple has made its March 25 event official: The company sent out invites to media for its long-rumored event Monday, asking media to join the company at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters in two weeks. In addition to its video service, Apple will likely also use the event to highlight and announce other services, including a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine subscription app acquired by the company a year ago. Popular on Variety The company is widely expected to unveil its subscription video service that day, and is likely also going to announce a revamped news subscription service.BuzzFeed first reported about a planned March 25 event a month ago. Variety subsequently reported that the company was going to use the event to show off first clips for some of its original content, including the first glimpse of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell in the untitled drama set behind the scenes of a network news morning show.Apple has been producing these shows for its upcoming video service, details of which have been closely guarded. However, it is expected that the service won’t actually launch this month. Instead, Apple will likely use the event to preview the service to media, and then launch it to the public later this year.last_img read more