Migrants flee amidst violence in north Gujarat

first_imgMore than 5,000 migrant people working in factories as casual labourers and daily wage earners have fled fearing violent attacks on them amidst unabated incidents of violence targeting migrants in north Gujarat districts. The rape of a toddler by a migrant worker in a village in Sabarkantha district triggered the violent attacks on migrants working in factories and construction sites. Accused arrested The incident occurred on September 28, when a 14-month-old child was allegedly raped by a migrant worker who hailed from Bihar. Subsequently, the accused was arrested by the police, but this sparked off protests and violence against non-Gujarati-speaking migrants. Over the last few days, violence has broken out in six districts, in which many migrant labourers were targeted, the police said. As the migrants started fleeing, police launched a crackdown on miscreants and provided security in industrial units where migrants work. “We have detained 342 people and filed about 42 cases,” Gujarat’s DGP Shivanand Jha told a gathering of journalists, adding that extra police force had been deployed in sensitive areas to maintain the law and order situation.last_img read more

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Parrikar to return to Goa from AIIMS today

first_imgGoa’s ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is presently being treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, is expected to return to Goa on October 14. “Chief Minister will be flying to Goa in a special flight on Sunday afternoon,” a Goa BJP leader close to Mr. Parrikar told The Hindu late on October 13 on condition of anonymity. Mr. Parrikar was admitted to the AIIMS in September. He has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, the U.S. and now Delhi for the past seven months. On October 12, Mr. Parrikar held a meeting of some of his Cabinet Ministers and senior BJP State executive committee members at the AIIMS. The Congress in a press conference held in New Delhi on October 13 morning reiterated its demand that Mr. Parrikar must resign on moral grounds and take rest and get well, as the State’s governance was suffering on account of his prolonged illness.last_img read more

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Magnolia snaps 3-game slide, routs Columbian behind Romeo Travis

first_imgSomeone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical The Dyip, who are now 4-5, go up against Meralco next. They wrap up their elimination round campaign against crowd darling Barangay Ginebra.The scores:Magnolia 118 – Travis 28, Sangalang 24, Jalalon 19, Dela Rosa 16, Barroca 10, Pingris 8, Herndon 6, Lee 5, Pascual 2, Melton 0.Columbian 103 – Perez 28, Alston 26, McCarthy 18, Tiongson 13, Cahilig 6, Corpuz 5, Khobuntin 5, Calvo 2, Faundo 0.Quarterscores: 27-29, 61-52, 88-76, 118-103.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Streaking Tamaraws not done yet after securing Final Four slot “He was just 60 percent against Ginebra. Now, he’s around 85, 90 percent. Despite of that, he was still able to give us something pleasant and assert his leadership inside,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said of his import, who played through an ankle injury.Columbian drew 28 points from rookie CJ Perez and 26 from Khapri Alston. Skipper Rashawn McCarthy and Juami Tiongson also scored in double-digits with 18 and 13 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMagnolia, which improved to 4-4, takes over the sixth place which was previously held by Columbian. Both spots will be in a twice-to-win predicament in the playoffs.The Hotshots plunge into a long break before facing Phoenix. They take on NLEX, and then league-leading TNT next.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia put a halt to its three-game slide at the expense of hard-fighting Columbian, 118-103, Sunday night in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Romeo Travis fired a team-best 28 points while Ian Sangalang tossed in 24 points for the Hotshots, who had three more starters chipping in at least 10 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Nadal, Djokovic to play exhibition in Saudi Arabia

first_imgParis, Oct 8 (AFP) World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday said he has agreed to play an exhibition match against fellow Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic in Saudi Arabia in December.The match between the two stars will take place at Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City on December 22.”Thanks for the invitation and looking forward to playing and visiting for the first time,” Nadal said on Twitter.Nadal, the reigning French Open champion, has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name.Former world number one Djokovic, now at three in the rankings, won Wimbledon and the US Open this year to take his majors collection to 14.Djokovic and Nadal have played 52 times in their careers with the Serb leading their head-to-head 27-25.Saudi Arabia has hosted a series of international sports events in recent months.The first women’s professional squash tournament took place in January while last month saw Britain’s Callum Smith knock out compatriot George Groves in a World Boxing Association super middleweight boxing bout in Jeddah.The moves are seen as part of Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s drive to open up the conservative kingdom after being named heir to the throne in June 2017.But despite moves by the young prince to modernise the economy and society — including lifting a ban on women driving — the country has stepped up repression of religious, intellectual and feminist dissidents.Mystery also surrounds the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since entering the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on October 2. (AFP) APAAPAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Family Of U.S. Soldier Who Died Shares Letter Nick Bosa Wrote Them

first_imgNick Bosa celebrates a sack during game against Michigan.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 26: Nick Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates a sack against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had all of his Buckeyes players write letters to families of U.S. soldiers who died in battle for Memorial Day last week. It’s a small act that can go a long way for a family that’s grieving.Most of these letters are obviously going to be kept private, but one of them has been shared on social media.Sam Casey shared a letter written to his family by Ohio State star defensive lineman Nick Bosa.The letter was about how thankful Bosa is for men and women like Nicholas Casey who put their lives on the line to protect others.“If this isn’t the coolest thing ever,” tweeted Sam.The full letter can be seen below:If this isn’t the coolest thing ever pic.twitter.com/3BhDUUSh8p— Sam Casey (@SamEC37) June 2, 2018Well done, Nick.last_img read more

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Global Ship Lease to Expand Fleet with 2005Built Boxship

first_imgzoom UK-based containership charter owner Global Ship Lease has agreed to acquire a 2,800 TEU containership to service a time charter with French shipping major CMA CGM.The company said it would pay a price of USD 11.3 million for the 2005-built high-specification vessel.Following delivery, which is expected to be during the second quarter of 2018 once the existing charter terminates, the containership will be renamed and will commence charter employment with CMA CGM for a period of 12 months at a fixed rate of 9,000 per day.With this addition, Global Ship Lease’s fleet will comprise 19 vessels with a total capacity of 85,112 TEU.“We are pleased to have expanded our fleet in a strengthening market with the acquisition of this high-specification vessel at an attractive price,” Ian Webber, Chief Executive Officer of Global Ship Lease, said.“We remain optimistic for the continued tightening of the supply/demand balance for mid-sized and smaller vessels, and we will continue to pursue attractive, immediately accretive acquisition opportunities for the benefit of shareholders,” Webber added.Global Ship Lease currently owns 18 vessels with an average age of 13 years. All 18 vessels are currently fixed on time charters, 16 of which are with CMA CGM.last_img read more

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Tanya Talaga wins 30000 RBC Taylor Prize for nonfiction writing

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto journalist Tanya Talaga won the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize on Monday and dedicated her speech to the subjects of the book she wishes she “did not have to write” — seven Indigenous youth who died under suspicious circumstances while attending high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., from 2000 to 2011.“Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” (House of Anansi) delves into the history of Indigenous students being forced to leave their remote communities in northern Ontario so they can get an education hundreds of kilometres away in a foreign city.“I am probably one of the only people to win this beautiful award to say that I wish I did not have to write this book, but I did. I had to,” Talaga said in her acceptance speech for the non-fiction prize.“It was something that I felt I must do, for many reasons. But those reasons I am going to tell you right now, there are seven of them: Jethro Anderson, Curran Strang, Paul Panacheese, Robyn Harper, Kyle Morrisseau, Jordan Wabasse, Reggie Bushie. All of you, the seven fallen feathers.”“Seven Fallen Feathers” was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.RBC Taylor Prize jury members called it “detailed, balanced and heart-rending.”“Talaga describes gaps in the system large enough for beloved children and adults to fall through, endemic indifference, casual racism and a persistent lack of resources. It is impossible to read this book and come away unchanged.”Established in 1998, the RBC Taylor Prize is named after the late Canadian essayist Charles Taylor.Talaga beat out four other finalists for the prize, including James Maskalyk for “Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine” (Doubleday Canada) and Max Wallace for “In the Name of Humanity” (Allen Lane Canada). The other finalists were Daniel Coleman for “Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place” (Wolsak and Wynn), and Stephen R. Bown for “Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on Bering’s Great Voyage to Alaska” (Douglas & McIntyre). They each receive $5,000.Talaga, a Toronto Star investigative journalist who is of Polish and Indigenous descent, said her book is centred around Thunder Bay but is a broader story about Canada and broken treaties.“This is 2018 and we are still fighting for the right to get an education for all of our kids,” said Talaga, whose great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor.“We still move our kids from northern First Nations communities into the cities away from their language, their families and their homes just so they can get a high school education, which is the right of every other child in this country.”last_img read more

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Contracts and Grants Considered By Emery County Commissioners

By Julie JohansenEmery County Commissioners discussed the pros and cons of a contract with Gold Cross for EMS services in the county during their meeting on Tuesday. Gold Cross is a private entity and the commissioners would need to ensure it was a quality unit. Commissioners decided to analyze the system they have now and the Gold Cross options. The item was tabled for further research.Next, Roxanne Jensen gave a presentation on the projects the county libraries have planned for National Library Week, which is slated for April 7-13. The presentation included an explanation of what libraries do for the public. These projects include plans for the LSTA Grant. A complete schedule of events at each library can be found below.Also during the meeting, the commission approved the planning sites for the Des-Bee-Dove kiosk on Des-Bee-Dove Road as long as there was coordination with Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk. Commissioners also approved a $250 donation to ETV News for the No Grave Goes Unadorned project for 2019. This project ensures that every grave in Carbon and Emery counties receives a flower for Memorial Day.Two Request for Qualifications packets on the Cottonwood Creek PL566 Watershed were received by the commissioners, one from Jones and DeMille Engineering and the other from Johansen and Tuttle Engineering. The packets passed on to be opened to see if they meet requirements. Commissioners also approved using Smith’s Tix to be their online ticket sales vendor for The Swell Country Fest this summer.Sheriff Funk reminded everyone during the meeting that rivers will be high and rapid this year. Search and Rescue members have been very busy and plan that that will continue to increase as the weather gets warmer. They expect well over 100 searches again this year and are considering putting some of the expenses back on those involved from outside the county.Emery County Attorney Mike Olsen reported that his new secretary is Samantha Johnson, asking all to welcome her.USU Extension agent Roe Zwahlen requested permission to use the flower beds on the southwest corner of the county administration building for the Jr. Master Gardeners program. The project received approval.Finally, the Emery County Travel Bureau received approval for matching grants from Transient Room Tax (TRT) monies for Millsite Ladies Golf, $1,000; Get In The Wild Adventures, $3,500; Green River Rock and Mineral Festival, $3,500; Tamarisk Restaurant, $3,500; and MECCA Bike Club for its Spring Bike Festival in Green River, $3,500. read more

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Lawrence of Arabia made pupil realise priest was sadomasochist inquiry told

A former boarding school pupil has told how he realised a priest enjoyed sadomasochism after reading Lawrence of Arabia’s autobiography.Sean O’Donovan, who waived his right to anonymity, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry about his experiences at Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands during the 1960s.The 69-year-old spoke of a “slackjawed and drooling” priest who appeared to get sexual pleasure from giving boys “the strap”.He said he read Seven Pillars Of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence in the school library and recognised sadomasochistic traits described in the author’s experience of being tortured.Mr Donovan said: “I was aware of what he was because you could tell from the way he looked while doing the strap, that he was enjoying this mightily.”He was slackjawed and drooling. The jaw drops and you can see there’s absolute delight.”The witness then told how he urged the priest to hit him softer by letting him know he understood he was a sadist.He added: “It takes one to know one, that’s basically what it came down to.”I was convinced that he was a sadist or sadomasochist.”I said something to the effect that made him understand that I knew what he was, I understood and I was also in a similar position – go easy on it, which he did.” This included physical, emotional and sexual abuse.Mr Austin – who was at the school during the 1950s and 1960s – said the “regime” could only be described as “institutionalised violence”.The inquiry before Lady Smith in Edinburgh continues on Friday. Seven Pillars Of Wisdom is Lawrence’s major work detailing his experiences serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918.Describing a beating he received from the Ottomans, Lawrence wrote “a delicious warmth, probably sexual, was swelling through me”.Lawrence of Arabia – the film adaptation of his life – was released in 1962 starring Peter O’Toole.Fort Augustus Abbey was run by religious order the English Benedictine Congregation.The witness also spoke of seeing a photograph of paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile surrounded by a group of boys in the school.He told the inquiry he has not been able to find it since seeing it on an alumni website, but believed it to be from the 1970s.Savile had a home “down the road” in the Glencoe area of the Highlands, he said.Meanwhile, another former pupil told the inquiry of the physical “brutality” he and other boys were subjected to at the school.Des Austin, who also waived his right to anonymity, posted a request for information about abuse suffered at the school on an alumni website in 2001.The 74-year-old received numerous letters from people detailing what they allege happened to them at the hands of priests. 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

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2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba reduced registration fees

first_imgRegistration fees are as much as 50% lower than last year for mining corporates for Indaba 2017. Investing in African Mining Indaba, one of the world’s largest mining investment events, has announced registration is open. Reacting to the market conditions and unfavourable currency-conversion rates that have resulted in recent lower attendance, Indaba officials have announced a price reduction for mining and exploration companies. Registration fees are as much as 50% lower than last year for mining corporates, based upon company size and type. Mining Indaba, now in its 23rd year, will take place February 6-9, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. Jonathan Moore, Managing Director of Mining Indaba, said the success of the event relies on participation from investors, mining ministers, and mining corporates. “We want to ensure that mining companies meet investors who are eager to learn about their projects,” he said. “Toward that end, we need to attract the mining companies. This new pricing will help make that possible, especially for the junior miners.”Investors and mining ministers again are invited to attend at no cost. Event officials recently surveyed those who attended the 2016 conferences – and those who attended in 2015 but did not return the following year – with the goal of improving all aspects of the conference. Mining company attendees reported that market conditions and poor currency conversion rates made it difficult to send all who should participate in the conference. In some cases, companies could not attend at all. “It’s clear that this had an impact on event equilibrium,” Moore said. The number of investors at the 2016 Mining Indaba more than doubled, and attendance from African and non-African governments was also strong, he reported.“We believe this change in pricing for mining corporates will make it possible for all miners – from large to nano cap – to be able to attend the 2017 Indaba,” Moore said. “We want all those who seek investment and who wish to meet with government ministers, service providers and their peers to be able to participate, and to conduct productive business in Cape Town.”New sponsorship opportunities also will make it possible for mining companies of all sizes to have a presence and demonstrate their value. Fred Noce, Director of Sales for Mining Indaba, said, “It’s my goal to help any mining company looking for visibility to get it this year. I anticipate that the increase in the number of mining companies with a physical presence, along with our deliberate elimination of more than 40 sponsoring service providers and equipment companies will greatly improve connections and commerce on the exhibit hall floor.”In addition to these price reductions, Mining Indaba will introduce new and unique ways for people to connect and meet. Improvements will include expansion of the commodity-specific, speed-networking program and the networking round tables.“Those enhancements – along with remarkable speakers, heated panel discussions, mining company presentations, country case studies, and thought-provoking research – will make the 2017 Indaba an invaluable experience for all who are working toward improving the state of mining in Africa,” Moore said.last_img read more

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Unite says there is no parallel between its plan to build apartments

first_imgUnite says there is no parallel between its plan to build apartments and Apollo House Activists called the union’s involvement in Apollo House a “publicity stunt”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It is Unite’s understanding that, following legislative changes introduced by the previous Government, the planning permission applicant (Unite the Union Trustee Company), had no legal option but to seek a social housing exemption. If it should transpire that this was not appropriate in the case of 15 Merrion Square, the application will be withdrawn. 14,632 Views Jan 16th 2017, 9:30 PM 64 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3190085 Monday 16 Jan 2017, 9:30 PM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.iecenter_img TRADE UNION UNITE has hit back at homelessness campaigners who accused it of a “publicity stunt” at Apollo House.A group called Hands Off The Homeless today staged a demonstration outside the union’s former headquarters, protesting the fact that the union applied for an exemption from social housing for the building.Unite plans to turn the Merrion Square building into one residential unit, with an apartment building behind it. The union’s trust had applied for an exemption from using those units for social housing. That application was granted by Dublin City Council on the same day Unite official Brendan Ogle gained access to Apollo House.That would become a four-week sit-in which raised the profile of homelessness in Ireland over Christmas.ExemptionBut the use of the exemption, which is seen as routine for a development such as this, and the fact that the building has been lying idle since 2012 led to accusations of hypocrisy. Hands Off The Homeless protesters told RTÉ the building could have been used to house the homeless instead of Apollo House.In a statement this evening, however, Unite said that take was “disingenuous”. They say they are trying to sell the former Amicus offices at 15 Merrion Square because they are “in poor condition, with the benefit of planning permission for apartments”. They say they want to maximise the resources they have for their members. By Paul Hosford Share27 Tweet Email Unite regards attempts to draw a parallel between 15 Merrion Square and Apollo House as, at best, disingenuous and, at worst, mischievous. As a NAMA property, Apollo House belongs to the people of Ireland. Unite remains fully committed to the aims of the Home Sweet Home campaign, and we are proud of the campaign’s achievements in not only highlighting the scandal of homelessness in Ireland but also in securing six-month beds for 84 people.In a separate statement tonight, Ogle announced that Unite will be launching a “daily media outlet”.Read: What’s being done to help people sleeping rough cope with this freezing cold weather? Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Short URLlast_img read more

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Hellenic Australian Lawyers host Alexander Freeleagus Oration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Queensland Chapter of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association was honoured on Friday 26 August with the delivery of the 2016 Clayton Utz Alexander Christy Freeleagus Oration by Susan Kiefel AC, Justice of the High Court of Australia.The Freeleagus Oration was established in 2015 by the Queensland Chapter of the Association in memory of Mr Freeleagus, who was a prominent Queensland Hellenic lawyer.Nearly 300 members of the Queensland and interstate legal, consular and Hellenic communities attended this year’s event, held in the Banco Court at the Supreme Court.Guests included judges of the state and federal courts, representatives of all national, state and territory Bar Associations, practitioners, academics, diplomats, students and other community members.Ross Perrett, a partner at Clayton Utz, spoke at the Oration about Mr Freeleagus’ life, career and personal attributes in his 39 years of serving as a partner of what is now Clayton Utz.He was also extremely active in the broader community, serving as Consul-General for Greece for 48 years and being involved in the founding of Brisbane’s Paniyiri and also the Greek Pavilion at World Expo 88.Meanwhile, Justice Kiefel, who is renowned for Her Honour’s scholarship in Comparative Law (having won the CJ Hampson Prize in Comparative Law during Her Honour’s time at the University of Cambridge), delivered a paper entitled ‘Legal influences – across centuries and borders’.Following Justice Kiefel’s paper, the Honourable Justice Anthe Philippides, Queensland patron of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association and Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland, closed proceedings and presented a commentary. See photos below:L-R: Professor Jennifer Corrin, Professor Pene Mathew, Justice Philippides and Justice Kiefel.L-R: John Nicolaides, Christy Nicolaides, Alexandra Feros, Angela Nicolaides.Mal Varitimos CBE QC with visiting lawyers from Papua New Guinea.last_img read more

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Vancouver man dies in Polk County

first_imgA 30-year-old Vancouver man died Monday after a medical emergency on Highway 18 in Polk County, according to a news release from Oregon State Police. Andrew Wacker was a passenger in a car driven by a 28-year-old woman. She stopped the car when Wacker began having a seizure. Fire paramedics began CPR before taking Wacker to Willamette Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Oregon State Police’s investigation into the cause of death is continuing.last_img

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Miami furniture warehouse catches fire no injuries

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A warehouse in Miami went up in flames Friday night, but crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring businesses, officials said.City of Miami Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the blaze at a furniture and cabinet warehouse on Northwest 21st Street, near 19th Avenue, just after 8:30 p.m.Officials said there was heavy smoke coming from the front doors. Since the business was closed, firefighters had to pry open the doors.Once inside, crews encountered heavy fire toward the entrance of the warehouse.Crews stopped the flames from spreading to a neighboring businesses, including a pet store. None of the pets inside were harmed, and none of the other businesses were affected.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Byelections for one TS MLC seat on Aug 26

first_imgHyderabad: By-elections to fill one vacant seat of Telangana State Legislative Council will be held on August 26. The seat fell vacant due to the disqualification of MLC K. Yadava Reddy on January 16 this year. Originally his term was to end on June 3, 2021. As per the schedule released by the Election Commission of India on Thursday, the notification for by-elections will be held on 7th August and the last date for nominations will be 14th August. While the nominations will be scrutinised on 16th August, the last date for withdrawal of candidature will be 19th August. Polling, counting of votes and declaration of results will be on 26th August. The election for lone MLC seat, to be filled by MLAs, is likely to be unanimous in favour of Telangana Rashtra Samithi due to its strength in Assembly.last_img read more

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BNP to distribute brochures Thursday

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will distribute brochures demanding release of its chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail across the country on Thursday reports UNB.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the fresh programme for 1 March at a press conference at party’s central office in Naya Paltan.”We have taken a new programme for 1 March to distribute leaflet all over the country demanding our chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release. Our leaders and activists will distribute the leaflets containing our party statement,” he said.BNP’s last programme was countrywide demonstration on Monday demanding Khaleda’s release and protesting at police action during its recent black-flag demonstration programme.After jailing of Khaleda, the party observed different peaceful programmes including human-chain, sit-in, token hunger-strike, protest procession in four phases demanding the party chief’s release.Responding a quarry of newsmen about government plan to increase power and gas price again, Rizvi voiced deep concern and termed it as an anti-government move.He also asked the government to back-off from such decision as people are still struggling to cope with the growing prices of essentials and utility services.Referring the media report that BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir asked Kamal Hossain to stand for Khaleda in the High Court while Kamal declined, Rizvi said “I don’t have any such information but no democracy loving people of the country would deny standing for Khaleda.”On 8 February, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.last_img read more

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Suicide tendency rises among DU students

first_imgThe tendency of committing suicide has been increasing at an alarming rate among the students of Dhaka University (DU) in recent times.So far this year, a total of eight students are known to have committed suicide. Three students killed selves in November alone.Experts think that the incidents regarding suicide are occurring in the country due to unrequited love, break-ups, academic pressure, family pressure, unemployment and frustration.In the most recent incident, Huzifa Rashid, a master’s student of the Political Science department, committed suicide at his Tongi residence in Gazipur on 22 November. His family thinks that Huzifa was very upset over some academic matters.Before him, Meher Nigar Dani, a former student of DU English department, hanged herself at her Jashore residence on 16 November. Her friend said Dani was a student of the 2010-11 academic session, who was frustrated for not getting a job in line with her expectations.Fahmida Reza Silvi, a second year student of the World Religion and Culture department, committed suicide on 12 November by hanging herself from a ceiling fan inside her room at a hostel of Farmgate in Dhaka. She had chosen the path of suicide after a break-up with her boyfriend, according to her friends.Jakir Hossian, a student of Disaster Management department, also hanged himself on 15 October as he was frustrated over some family matters, said his friends.Afia Sarika, a second year student of Marketing department, took her life by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her residence in Rampura in Dhaka on 10 September, as she was upset after breaking up with her boyfriendOn 15 August, Mushifiq Mahbub, a fourth year student of Music department, committed suicide jumping off the roof of his house in the Cantonment area of Dhaka as he was very frustrated over the situation of the country’s education system.Tanvir Rahman, an evening master’s student of DU, killed himself on 31 March jumping off the rooftop of its MBA building as he failed to get a government job after efforts for a long time.On 15 February last, Torun Hossain, a third year student of Finance department, took his own life by jumping off a building at Hazaribagh of Old Dhaka. His friends, classmates and roommates said he was frustrated over his performance in the departmental examinations as well as family issues.DU Psychology department chairperson and director of Students Counselling and Guidance Centre Mahjabeen Haque said the tendency of committing suicide among the students is increasing due to frustration regarding unemployment, failure in love affairs, lack of self-confidence and familial problems.”We should keep in mind that committing suicide can never be a solution. All people must go through crises in their life, but the path of suicide is not a solution,” she said.Advising the students to visit the counselling centres, she said although mental health needs to be taken seriously, it is usually ignored in Bangladesh.”Students should try to find their inner strength to fight with any crisis, create a positive outlook on life and face any situation normally. Parents and friends should listen to their children and friends more and make them feel more important,” she added.DU proctor professor AKM Golam Rabbani told UNB, “It is a matter of deep concern that this suicidal tendency has increased among our brilliant students. I would request them not to ignore life like that. They should know that their life is very valuable both to their families and the nation.”last_img read more

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BNP hits back at PM for comment on Tarique

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoBNP on Sunday alleged that prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark about its acting chairman Tarique Rahman is ‘devoid of political etiquette’, reports UNB.”What the prime minister said at her press conference about Tarique Rahman is devoid of political norms. She has exposed her political vengeance with her comments,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.Talking to reporters after the prime minister’s press conference, he also denounced Sheikh Hasina’s comments on Tarique.Earlier in the day, the prime minister reaffirmed that the punishment BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman was given by court in different cases will surely be executed.Sheikh Hasina came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at her official residence Ganobhaban about the outcome of her recent tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.Replying to a question by a journalist about the update over government efforts to bring Tarique back home, the prime minister said, “I hate to take this name.”The PM also came down hard on a section of people who shed crocodile tears for Tarique forgetting the misdeeds he committed when BNP was in power.Reacting to the PM’s comments, Fakhrul said in healthy politics no one should make such remarks against a political opponent.”The prime minister should refrain from making such remarks.”Tarique, who was declared a fugitive by Bangladesh courts, has been sentenced to life in jail in several cases, including that of money laundering, corruption and 21-August grenade attack on an Awami League rally.On 11 September, 2008, Tarique Rahman went to London for treatment, and he has been living with his family there since then.He was arrested on 7 March, 2007 during the army-backed caretaker government and later released on parole on 3 September, 2008.last_img read more

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Houstons Harvey Recovery Czar Steps Down

first_img Share Brien Straw/Houston Public MediaRecovery Czar Marvin Odum.Former Shell Oil President Marvin Odum is leaving his role as Houston’s chief recovery officer, as the city transitions into its next phase of Hurricane Harvey recovery, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday.Odum was selected for the volunteer position shortly after Hurricane Harvey. During his time as the “recovery czar,” he helped establish a national rule that allow cities to count volunteer hours and donated materials towards FEMA fund matching. “Throughout Marvin Odum’s 15 months of service to the people of Houston without compensation, he combined grace, diplomacy and tenacity to wring disaster funding from the federal government, reform FEMA policies to our benefit and address the immediate grassroots-level needs of our neighbors whose lives were devastated by the floods,” Mayor Turner said in a press release. “On behalf of all Houstonians, I offer him thanks and gratitude for his pivotal role in reviving our city and making it more resilient for the future.”Former Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, right, is delivering his #HurricaneHarvey recovery progress report as he wraps up 15 months of unsalaried service as our chief recovery officer. He obtained federal disaster funding and broke new ground on policies. He has my thanks. pic.twitter.com/WesJQte3Wd— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) November 28, 2018Odum will be replaced by Stephen Costello, a former Houston City Council member who has been Houston’s “flood czar” since 2016.During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Odum presented a Harvey recovery progress report. Houston is expected to receive close to $1.17 billion in federal disaster relief in the next several weeks, which will move the city into the next phase of improving its readiness for future disasters.“It’s been an extraordinary privilege to serve the city, and it’s been inspiring to see the community rally around the mayor’s call to ‘build forward, not just build back,’ ” Odum said.last_img read more

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This Cool Blog Compares David Bowies Style to Colorful Sea Slugs

first_imgFor more Bowie-meets-sea slug creative inspiration, visit Bowiebranchia on Tumblr.More on Geek.com:2019’s First WTF Fashion Trend Is Giant BackpacksNike to Release Superman-Inspired LeBron 3 ‘SuperBron’ ShoeThousands Treated for Bluebottle Stings in Australia Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall center_img David Bowie may no longer be with us, but his style legacy lives on. The musician’s eccentric fashion taste even inspired one fan, who also loves marine life, to make a creative blog dedicated to Bowie and colorful sea slugs.But, how could a starlet and a water critter be so connected? According to Tracy Dendy, a New-York based designer who founded the Bowiebranchia blog, they make the perfect match due to their vibrant appearances.Dendy created the blog after a co-worker noted how these radiant sea slugs resembled Bowie’s cool outfits,  PBS News Hour reported. Four years later, Bowiebranchia has more than 8,000 followers on Tumblr.AdChoices广告Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrAccording to the description of the blog, visitors can see photos of “Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.” There are over 40 images that pair Bowie with these sea slugs, and the side-by-side pictures really blur the lines between the two. From lady bug-like dots to bold patterns, Bowie and these sea slugs make quite the pair.Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrThere is actually scientific reasoning behind some sea slugs’ colorful exteriors: They use them to warn predators about their potentially toxic insides.Anne Winters, an evolutionary biologist, told PBS News Hour that these sea slugs product gross chemicals or eat poisonous animals, including cnidarians and sponges, to protect themselves. Similar to Bowie, these sea slugs try to stand out to make a statement and ward off all the haters.“They’re both trying to stand out,” Winters told PBS News Hour. “He’s trying to make a statement and get recognized for his individuality and his music, and nudibranchs are trying to get recognized too.”Photo Credit: Bowiebranchia/TumblrThe big question though is what would Bowie himself think of this blog? “I’m fairly certain he would have loved it, actually,” Paul Trynka, a Bowie biographer and journalist told PBS News Hour.“The era we’re discussing — the glam era — was a very, very competitive one. Bowie had to be successful. He was kind of Darwinian in that sense,” Trynka said. “Survival of the fittest is a fairly brutal concept. In the same way, Bowie could be very brutal and competitive.”last_img read more

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