All options open for closure or merger of MMTC STC PEC Goyal

first_imgNew Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday that all options are open with the ministry for closure or merger of three public sector undertakings – MMTC, STC and PEC. When asked whether the government is considering to shut or merge these units, Goyal said: “All options are open”. He said gradually the purpose of these companies is getting eroded and they are no more canalising agencies. “It is not the government’s business to be in the business,” he told reporters here at the sidelines of a CII function. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe said there is no meaning for such a big infrastructure (MMTC) to carry out gold imports. “We have started discussions. One by one we will do,” he added. STC and PEC are debt-ridden firms. According to STC’s annual report for 2018-19, the company is facing “severe liquidity crisis” as all the lender banks have reported STC’s account as NPA due to non-payment of interest on the banking limits availed by the company”. Therefore, at present, the company has no banking limits, funded or non-funded, available with it. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe company has reported a net loss (after tax) of Rs 881 crore during 2018-19 as compared to net profit (after tax) of about Rs 38 crore in 2017-18. The net loss reported in 2018-19 was mainly due to write-offs amounting to about Rs 626 crore made in the books of accounts. STC was set up in 1956 as a trading arm of the government to undertake trade with east European countries. PEC was incorporated as a subsidiary of STC in 1971 to handle canalised business of export of railway and engineering equipment. It became an independent firm in 1997. MMTC was created in 1963 as an independent entity on separation from STC primarily to deal in exports of minerals and ores and imports of non-ferrous metals. All three companies are under the administrative control of the commerce ministry. When asked about India, US trade talks, he said both countries are in continuous dialogue on trade related issues. “If things get resolved, we will announce something,” he added.last_img read more

Excop Blairs cabinet promotion pits him against politics of fear Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair’s promotion to cabinet gives the Trudeau Liberals a political firefighter on the thorny issues of irregular migrants, gun violence and criminal syndicates.Blair’s move to the front benches in the newly created cabinet post of minister of border security and organized crime reduction also gives Justin Trudeau a new ally in a much broader ideological battle — combating what the prime minister calls the “politics of fear” practised by conservatives at home and abroad.Blair was one of five MPs promoted to cabinet in Wednesday’s shuffle, a pre-emptive move by the Liberals to prepare for the next federal election in 15 months.Trudeau faces complications from populist governments at home in Ontario under Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives and in the United States under President Donald Trump.Ford has clashed with Ottawa over the strains posed by an influx of irregular border crossers from the U.S. into Ontario, a problem that has also affected Quebec. The escalating tariff war and uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement — not to mention the complete breakdown in personal relations between Trump and Trudeau — has diminished Canada-U.S. relations.Blair’s new job will bring him face to face with provincial premiers as well as politicians south of the border. He will face challenges in both settings.Both are drug-related.At Queen’s Park, Ford’s emotions are reportedly still very raw over the fallout from police chief Blair releasing the infamous video of his brother, then-Toronto mayor Rob Ford, smoking crack cocaine in 2013.Blair’s clash with the Ford family capped what was at times a tumultuous decade as the city’s top cop.Blair will be drawing on his vast law enforcement experience to help find solutions to gun violence that in Toronto alone has left 27 people dead and 82 injured so far this year, compared with 17 deaths and 80 injuries at this time last year.“The best response is when all three levels of government come together,” Blair said after being sworn in at Rideau Hall.“I look forward for the opportunity to work with the provinces, territories, and with the municipalities across the country to address that concern.”In Washington, as Blair tries to stem to flow of northward migrants, he will face questions over Canada’s plans to legalize marijuana as of this fall. The Trump administration opposes relaxing restrictions on the drug.But Blair will be prepared, having stoically served as the Trudeau government’s main political spokesman on cannabis.It was lifetime away from the start of his career as a beat cop on the streets of some of Toronto’s toughest neighbourhoods.As chief, he would fight off calls for his resignation after hundreds of protesters were rounded up on Toronto’s streets during the G20 summit protests in 2010. He also clashed with both Fords at Toronto city council while fighting cuts to the police budget.Lisa MacLeod, the Ontario minister responsible for immigration offered hope of good relations, when she tweeted her congratulations to Blair on Wednesday, saying said she looked forward to meeting with him.That followed last week’s bitter clash between MacLeod and federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen when they met to discuss the impact of migrants.Blair’s new portfolio overlaps with those of Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.Trudeau played down any suggestion that Blair was being parachuted in to clean up a problem, saying he’s adding value to an already strong team.“Bill Blair has always stepped up in public service and we’re excited about being able to have him focus on this particular question within the larger areas of public safety and immigration,” said Trudeau.Trudeau said his first conversation with Blair — years ago when he was trying to lure him into politics — resonated with him now that he is in his cabinet.“He said the number one enemy of public security is fear,” Trudeau recalled.“When Conservatives across the country are playing the fear card we need strong, reassuring voices to counter that and to demonstrate that the safety and security of Canadians and their communities is something that we will never flinch on, that we will continue to deliver.”Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt said the shuffle would continue to lead to Liberal failures, partly due to Blair’s appointment. “I think what it’s saying is that this government is ready to take on the provinces and have a fight.”Raitt also took issue with the appointment of Jonathan Wilkinson, a North Vancouver MP, as minister of fisheries, saying that would isolate him from the fishers he will be serving because “the most turbulent place for fisheries is the Atlantic Canada coast.”Trudeau created a new seniors portfolio, appointing Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi to court a constituency that traditionally has a higher voting rate than younger people. The Canadian Medical Association applauded a decision it says gives seniors a voice at the cabinet table.Trudeau rounded out his new cabinet appointees by naming Toronto MP Mary Ng to the small business and export promotion portfolio, and giving her responsibility for the Business Development Bank of Canada.And veteran Montreal MP Pablo Rodriguez, who was government whip, was promoted to heritage, replacing the embattled Melanie Joly.— with files from Janice Dickson and Andy Blatchfordlast_img read more

Fire officials in Saskatchewan dont know what caused blaze that killed two

first_imgThe Canadian Press LOON LAKE, Sask. _ Fire officials say they don’t know what caused the blaze that killed two children on a northern Saskatchewan reserve last week.Two-year-old Harley Cheenanow and his 18-month-old sister, Haley, died after the fire broke out at their grandmother’s house.The volunteer fire department in nearby Loon Lake was called but didn’t respond, because service to the reserve had been cut weeks earlier over unpaid bills.Investigators said Wednesday the source of the fire can’t be determined because of the  “complete burn” nature of the blaze.“(We) have confirmed that a battery-operated smoke detector was in the home at the time of the fire, but it is not known if it was in normal working condition,” said a statement from Emergency Management and Fire Services.RCMP officers were the only first responders that showed up to help as the fire raged.The grandmother managed to get out alive but the children, carried out of the burning home by their father, died at the scene.Chief Richard Ben of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation has said his reserve has a working fire truck, but they don’t have enough money for proper equipment or to train crews to use it.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in a letter to the federal government last week that First Nations receive insufficient funding to ensure a safe and healthy environment.He said the situation has reached a “critical level” and asked for a meeting with Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt.Valcourt has said Makwa Sahgaiehcan, like all other reserves, gets sufficient funding for fire services and it’s up to band officials to decide how the money is spent.In his letter, Bellegarde also said the government policy that caps annual funding increases for First Nations at two percent needs to change.“The lifting of the two per cent cap and replacing it with an appropriate escalator is a good place to start,” he wrote.Valcourt’s office has indicated the minister has agreed to meet with Bellegarde.(The Canadian Press)last_img read more

UNs environmental television products to be showcased at industry conference

“We invite TV broadcasters to discover the wealth of material and media services which exists within the United Nations system that they can use to produce a variety of formats from the small screen to mobile devices,” said Caroline Petit of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), who will be attending MIPTV along with representatives of several other UN agencies. Through its award-winning series “UN in Action,” UN Television has produced short documentaries on numerous environmental subjects, including stories on the future of the Aral Sea, the prevention of natural disasters in Kazakhstan, and cleaning up radioactive waste in Serbia. “21st Century,” a newly launched 26-minute monthly magazine, combines narrative storytelling and news reporting from around the world, while DPI also furnishes stories from field missions through its UNifeed satellite transmission. Among the UN system’s many new green projects to be featured is “So You Think You Know About… Climate Change,” a documentary series produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the award-winning United Kingdom-based back2back productions in association with BBC World. “Bling: A Planet Rock” is a 90-minute documentary produced by VH1 Rock Docs, Article 19 Films and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Featuring hip-hop artists from the United States and Sierra Leone, it spotlights millions of diamond diggers to help disadvantaged communities and promote conscious consumerism, encouraging the purchase of ‘clean’ diamonds through the power and influence of popular music. Also providing products will be the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and the Millennium Campaign. 13 April 2007The United Nations audiovisual family will offer ‘green’ stories and projects to major international broadcasters as they join MIPTV (Marché international des programmes de television), the leading international television programming marketplace, next week in Cannes, France. read more

Nielsens top programs for Sept 2329

LOS ANGELES — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 23-29. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: Dallas at New Orleans, NBC, 24.1 million.2. NFL Football: Philadelphia at Green Bay, Fox, 17.9 million.3. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.54 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.58 million.5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.8 million.6. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.26 million.7. “Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” Fox, 10.12 million.8. NFL Football: Chicago at Washington, ESPN, 10.61 million.9. “The Voice,” NBC, 8.94 million.10. “FBI,” CBS, 8.83 million.11. “The Voice,” NBC (Tuesday), 8.32 million.12. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 8.24 million.13. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 8 million.14. “This Is Us,” NBC, 7.9 million.15. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 7.85 million.16. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 7.53 million.17. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.33 million.18. “911,” Fox, 7.15 million.19. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.13 million.20. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by Fox Corp.; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press read more

40 million UN trust fund to help poor countries food safety forum

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) in 1962 to set safety standards and ensure fair practices in food trade. However, many developing countries have not fully participated in the work of the CAC because of the cost involved in attending meetings and working groups. The new Project and Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex is meant to remedy that situation. “All countries, especially the developing countries, need to be fully involved in the international debate and in drawing up policy guidance on food safety and trade,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said. The new FAO/WHO trust fund, expected to run for 12 years, will help some 120 developing countries and countries in transition increase their participation in the vital work of the Commission. The CAC currently has 168 member countries. “This will enable all Codex Members both to improve the quality and safety of food at home, and to be more effective when trading their food internationally,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland said at the Geneva launch. Food safety standards have become increasingly important in recent years, as countries faced a number of food safety crises, such as mad cow disease, dioxin contamination of animal feed and listeria contamination of milk products and ready-to-eat foods. According to FAO and WHO, appropriate food standards, when properly implemented, serve to safeguard the health of consumers and also contribute to a rule-based trading system that is predictable and non-discriminatory. read more

During UN envoys visit Yemeni authorities commit to stop recruiting child soldiers

“I am heartened by the pledge from President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi and others in Government to end the recruitment and use of children by Government forces,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, who met with the President and other senior officials as well as civil society members.“The re-structuring of the security forces envisioned during the transition period offers a unique opportunity to end grave violations against children and to professionalize the security force,” Ms. Zerrougui said. “The President’s public instruction to all security forces not to recruit children under 18 is a very positive first step.” The restructuring of the country’s security and armed forces is one of the elements of the democratic transition process underway in Yemen, following widespread protests last year that led to the resignation of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.Four parties in Yemen are listed in the Secretary-General’s ‘list of shame’ for recruitment and use of children: the Yemeni armed forces; Ali Mohsen’s First Armoured Division; pro-Government tribal militia; and the Al Houthi armed group.During her visit, which began on Monday, Ms. Zerrougui also travelled to the Sa’ada governorate, where she met with the leader of the Al Houthi armed group, Abdul Malik Badraldeen Al Houthi.While in the capital, Sana’a, Ms. Zerrougui met with child victims of conflict who had been recruited by the First Armoured Division and the police. “Children must go to school, not military camps. I urge the Government to act quickly with United Nations support in separating children from the security forces, and ensuring that they are reintegrated back into civilian life.”Ms. Zerrougui also met children maimed by mines, and warned of the increase in use of explosive remnants in the country. “I am horrified by the widespread use of explosive weapons in populated areas in Yemen, which has increased dramatically this year – by five times – and have a disproportionate impact on children,” she said.The UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen, Ismael Ouldcheikhahmed, reiterated the UN system’s readiness to work closely with the Government and other partners to reintegrate children and facilitate their access to education and livelihoods support. Ms. Zerrougui’s office said the Government’s commitment paves the way for the development of an action plan to address prevention, separation, and the reintegration of children, in line with Security Council resolution 1612, adopted in 2005. The resolution establishes measures to end grave violations against children through a monitoring and reporting mechanism on the use of child soldiers. read more

Largest joint UN humanitarian convoy of the war reaches remote Syrian settlement

The vulnerable inhabitants, the vast majority of whom are women and children, are living in desperate conditions that have worsened due to the harsh winter: at least eight young children have reportedly died in Rukban in recent weeks.The convoy of 133 trucks –a joint operation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent – is delivering food, health and nutritional supplies, as well as hygiene materials, education items and children’s recreational kits. In addition, vaccines for 10,000 children under the age of five have been sent with the convoy.This large-scale delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to the extremely vulnerable in Rukban could not have happened a moment too soon – UN Syria Coordinator, Sajjad Malik “This large-scale delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to the extremely vulnerable in Rukban could not have happened a moment too soon”, said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Sajjad Malik in a statement released by the UN on Wednesday. “While this delivery of assistance will provide much-needed support, it is only a temporary measure. A long-term, safe, voluntary and dignified solution for tens of thousands of people, many of whom have been staying at the Rukban settlement for more than two years in desperate conditions, is urgently needed.”The humanitarian supplies provided during this convoy were chosen based on the findings of a needs assessment carried out during the previous convoy to reach the outpost, in November 2018. Monitoring will also take place during the current convoy by the UN and Red Crescent teams to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches civilians in need.In order to bring about a situation where the displaced people at the settlement can return home, or to a place of their choosing, the UN and Red Crescent will carry out a survey to consult with them on their wishes and priorities. In the Wednesday statement, the UN underlined the fact that it urges all parties to allow safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to all people in need in Syria line with their obligations under International Humanitarian Law.In the last three years, tens of thousands have fled to Rukban from ISIL or Da’esh extremist- held parts of Syria being targeted by Russian and U.S.-led coalition air strikes, according to news reports.The camp lies inside a “deconfliction zone” set up by US-backed coalition, Russian and Syrian Government forces, which has reportedly encouraged many of Rukban’s inhabitants to stay rather than go back to their homes in areas under Government control where they fear retribution by the Syrian army. read more

Pick Szeged win Kanjiza Cup 2016

Kanjiza Cup 2016Pick Szeged The second best Hungarian team, PICK Szeged, won 6th Kanjiza Cup, tournament of Serbo-Hungarian border. The Juan Pastor boys best Meshkov Brest 22:20 at the final match.MOL-Pick Szeged-HC Meshkov Brest 22-20 (11-9)MOL-Pick Szeged: Sierra – Pedro 2, Buntic 2, Skube 5/1, Bánhidi 1,  Gorbok, Källman 4, Sego, Thiagus Petrus 1, Balogh 2/2, Bodó 2, Gaber 1, Sostaric 1, Blazevic 1, Bóka, Sunajko, Zubai.Brest: Pesic – Rutenka, Osztrusko, Atman 4, Kristopans 5, Shumak, Vukic 1, Mijatovic, Sztojkovics 3/1, Nyikolankau 1, Dzamali 3, Razgor, Prodanovic 1, Jurinok 1, Tioumensev, Babicev 1.The third place won Croatian RK Nexe over RK Metalurg Skopje 28:22, while fifth are RK Partizan Beograd ahead of Romanian Dobrugia – 35:33. ← Previous Story Michal Jurecki two months out Next Story → EUPHORIA: BSV Silkeborg to sold-out Boxen for clash against PSG read more

Paul OConnell Im so happy for the lads and for Brian in

first_imgIRELAND CAPTAIN PAUL O’Connell has admitted that Joe Schmidt has been the difference in Ireland finishing the Six Nations as champions a year after they disappointed in the competition.2013 saw Ireland winning just once under Declan Kidney, and while Schmidt has enjoyed having the large majority of his players fit and in form, O’Connell says the Kiwi has influenced with his high levels of detail.“It’s been a massive impact, no doubt. It was a poor, disappointing, frustrating season last year, albeit injury-plagued as well. He’s brought what you’d hear Leinster players saying for the last few years.“He’s brought real clarity, a very effective way of rucking, and people are in no doubt of their role. I just think when you have a good team and you can give players that kind of clarity, it allows them to be good players.That’s what we’ve had in the last few months. We made real progress in the autumn, we took a step backwards against England but learned a lot from it.”At 34, O’Connell may be in the twilight of his international career, even if he looks fitter and more effective than ever. Despite making himself a legend of the game worldwide, the Munster lock has not enjoyed repeated success with Ireland.Speaking in Paris after last night’s thrilling 22-20 victory over France, O’Connell said that lifting the trophy will prove a highlight of his time as a professional player.“It’s very important, every time you start a Six Nations, to achieve something. Historically this is always our toughest Six Nations, with England and France away from home. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“To be able to win the championship with those two fixtures is a great achievement. There’s a measure of satisfaction certainly, there’s been an awful lot of close calls in the past.“We’ve achieved a lot of provincial success with Munster and Leinster, but this is where you really want to achieve it as an Irishman. To have made the progress we have in a year is great, but also have that progress endorsed with a trophy is a great feeling.It gives the younger guys in the squad a winning habit, and that’s an important thing to have.”In typically understated fashion, O’Connell chose to focus on something that Ireland could have done better in the game, mentioning that their composure in the closing stages had concerned him.He was simply relieved to have finished the championship with that precious win, allowing his great teammate and friend, Brian O’Driscoll to sign off in style.“We knew where France were going to be physically, we spoke about trying to match that and go beyond it. I was delighted we scored three tries, it’s not an easy thing to do in Paris.“I’ve been coming here since I was 22 and that’s my first win. I was a little disappointed with the last 10 minutes, something to address in the future. It was disappointing we didn’t close it out in a more controlled fashion.“I’m so happy for the lads, and for Brian in his last international and his last Six Nations.”Sexton shaves D’Arcy’s magnificent beard off after Six Nations win 15 signs you’re a hardcore schools rugby fanlast_img read more

Apple buys Dr Dres Beats for 3 billion in bid to boost

first_imgAPPLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics in a much-hyped deal worth $3 billion (€2.21 billion), in a bid to to bolster its position in the hotly contested online music sector.The move is expected to help the US tech giant, a pioneer in digital music with its wildly popular iTunes platform, ramp up its efforts to counter the successful models of streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and others.The deal for the maker of high-end audio equipment and the subscription streaming music service is Apple’s largest acquisition ever.It calls for Beats co-founders Dr. Dre, a Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneer, and Jimmy Iovine, a veteran music executive, to join the California company.“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.Bringing Beats into the Apple fold will offer opportunities to weave iTunes Radio service into more devices, and even spread the App Store for mini programs to other products, according to analysts.Adding Beats will give Apple fresh star power in music and the ability to get more ad revenues from streaming including mobile.The deal represents a shift in strategy for Apple, which is known for developing its own products in-house and making only modest acquisitions.But some analysts say the logic for the tie-up is not entirely clear.“Confusing”“It’s a little confusing to me what Apple is getting out of it,” said Bob O’Donnell, analyst and founder of Technalysis Research.O’Donnell said Beats “appeals to a demographic that is different from some of the typical Apple demographics” and has a streaming music service with “a relatively limited number of customers.”“It doesn’t seem a great match unless there are other issues at play,” O’Donnell told AFP. “But my guess is that Apple isn’t going to spend that much without that being the case.”The analyst said Apple may be able to give a boost to its recently launched iTunes streaming service, or possibly get a foothold in the lucrative market for music accessories.- © AFP, 2014Read: Apple expected to reveal smart home features for iPhone >last_img read more

ASAWISHH El Salvador Seminar Educates on Baking with Soy

first_imgWISHH Consultant, Dr. Sergio Serna, gives instruction to local bakers on the inclusion of U.S. soy products in baked goods.Last week, the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program hosted a baking seminar in El Salvador with one of the largest flour mills in the country.The seminar provided 20 representatives from commercial bakeries in the country a better understanding about the functional properties of soy and the use of soy ingredients in baking applications. As a result of the seminar, two of the largest bakeries in the country will be conducting follow-on trials with U.S. soy flour.Dr. Sergio Serna lead the seminar focused on the inclusion of soy ingredients in baked goods. Key commercial clients of the flour mill attended the hands-on seminar where they prepared a variety of breads enriched with defatted soy flour. This seminar was requested by executives at the flour mill as a follow up from a previous seminar hosted by ASA/WISHH earlier this year.last_img read more

Jury selection underway in 2nd trial of North Miami officer accused of

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – Day two of jury selection is underway in the second trial for the North Miami Police officer accused of shooting an unarmed therapist.Officer Jonathan Aledda is headed back to the court after rejecting a plea deal on Monday that included one-year probation with no jail time.In the deal, Aledda would also have to give up his law enforcement credentials.Investigators said the officer shot an unarmed behavioral therapist back in 2016.If convicted, Aledda faces over 60 years in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

VIDEO Watch The Back Track Band Perform A Concert On The Common

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s 2019 Concerts on the Common series continued on Wednesday, July 24 with a performance from The BackTrack Band. BackTrack featured a wide selection of classic songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to record the event. Watch the concert the below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘BackTrack’ On July 24In “Community”VIDEO: Watch ‘Ball In The House’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”last_img read more

ACC arrests 3 Ctg port officials

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Wednesday arrested three officials of Chittagong Port Authority in a graft case.An ACC team of its Chittagong divisional office, led by its director Md Abu Sayed, arrested them from the port area, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.The arrestees are assistant transport inspector (NCT yard) of Chittagong Port Authority Md Monwar Hossain, and its upper division clerks Md Nurul Islam Chowdhury and Pulak Kanti Das.Earlier in the day, the ACC filed a case against them with Halishahar police station in the port city of Chittagong for allegedly plundering the government’s revenue of over Tk 7 million from the Chittagong port.According to the case statement, all the accused in collusion with each other misappropriated the amount by releasing 404 metric tonnes of crude gliserin from the port showing false documents in September 2015.last_img read more

AL infighting over Khaleda verdict kills 1

first_imgRuling Awami League activists in Kanchan Bridge area in Narayanganj on Thursday. Photo: CollectedA man was killed and 25 others were injured on Thursday during clashes between two Awami League factions over establishing supremacy in Narayanganj centring verdict of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case.Suman, 30, was killed in the clashes on Thursday. Police have already detained 20 people from the spot.The BNP chief was sentenced to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Witnesses and police said a group led by upazila AL member of parliament Golam Dastagir Gazi clashed with members of Kayetpara UP chairman Rafiqul Islam Rafiq ahead of BNP leader Khaleda Zia’s court verdict.The witnesses added that around 11:00am, hundreds of AL leaders and activists, equipped with sticks, gathered in Kanchan area of the city for the verdict of Khaleda Zia.They later were embroiled in clashes. Police then used batons and open black fire to disperse them. Additional superintendent of the district police Faruk Hossain said the two groups clashed following previous enmity that left several people, including police, injured.Police fired black shots and tear shells to bring the situation under control, he added.Dhaka Medical College correspondent of Prothom Alo said three injured were taken to the hospital where doctors declared Suman dead around 1:30pm.One of the injured Joynal, who is now at the hospital, said he is a Juba League member led by Golam Dastagir.They were injured as all of a sudden Kayetpara UP chairman Rafiqul Islam opened fire.last_img read more

Motorway police explain why they shut M6 after finding 27 migrants in

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorway police have explained why they closed the M6 motorway during a ‘major incident’ last night (Wednesday January 9). Police shut the carriageway in both directions between junction 15 and junction 16 after stopping a lorry carrying 27 migrants near Keele Services on the northbound carriageway. The southbound carriageway was also shut as emergency services detained and assessed the group. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have today explained why it was necessary to shut the entire motorway – and say they had intelligence to suggest there was a second lorry carrying migrants. A CMPG spokesman said: “A lot of questions why we didn’t take the lorry into the services. Read MoreInvestigation as THIRTY decapitated birds – including ducks and pigeons – dumped next to public footpath in Stoke-on-Trent   “At the time we didn’t know which lorry it was and due to the immediate risk to life we had to start searching all lorries in that section which was after Keele Services. “We also had further information there was a second lorry but no details on which lorry it was. This lorry wasn’t found. We apologise for the delays and inconvenience but the actions we necessary. “Southbound was closed due to some of the 27 running away across the SB from the NB. Due to the potential of a second lorry we could not risk that happening again and a serious collision occurring.” Read MoreFacebook users warned over hoax message saying their private information is going to be made public TOMORROW   Highways England first reported police were dealing with an ‘incident’ on the motorway at around 4pm – with the lorry containing the 27 people being stopped at around 5.45pm. The motorway was then closed until around 9.30pm, with hundreds of motorists trapped in the closure – including hundreds of Burton Albion fans attempting to travel to watch their team play Manchester City. A 42-year-old man remains in custody following the incident, Staffordshire Police confirmed this morning. The migrants, none of whom were seriously injured, were given a medical assessment and transferred to be interviewed by immigration officials. Four of those detained told officials they were under 18-years-old and are now being cared for by Staffordshire County Council. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent woman with ‘pattern for getting pregnant’ has children taken into care   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

Life after the brutal attack in Monimbó

first_imgIt was dawn on July 17, 2018, two days before the 39th anniversary of the Nicaraguan revolution, when armed and hooded paramilitary forces, under police protection, attacked hundreds of Monimbó’s youth. They tried to fend off the brutal attack, but in the end, they couldn’t contain the violence.There was a steady burst of rifles for five hours.Inside houses, candles illuminated statues of the Virgin Mary while people prayed for the violence to stop and for no more death. Things went quiet at the end of the day, but it was the most ominous silence since the town rose up against the government three months earlier.One by one, even the strongest and best-built barricades fell to an onslaught of bulldozers brought in by the government and driven by masked men.The attack against Monimbó was coordinated and they all the entry points to the neighborhood at the same time. It was a harbinger of the heavy-handed government approach that continued with house-to-house raids. There were so many prisoners that the commissioner general, Ramón Avellán, freed more than 100 citizens in one week. He made their parents commit to peace with the Sandinista mayor, Orlando Noguera, as a witness. Manuel Esquivel /La PrensaSo what’s become of this historic indigenous neighborhood that was known for the marimba’s cheerful squeal? The zone’s now dominated by women, older men, and children. A lot of the young men fled; some of them crossed the border to Costa Rica. Nobody knows what happened to some, and several more are still detained.Most of the paramilitaries that came to Monimbó, more than 200, are already gone. Just a few hooded men are left along with the fear they instilled in the heroic neighborhood that stood up to Daniel Ortega. A neighborhood that since April 19, paid with lives to erect barricades. There were 47 deaths in Masaya, the department where Monimbó is located, according to the latest numbers provided by the Nicaraguan Pro Human Rights Association (ANPDH).The hooded men with rifles aren’t in the Monimbó plaza anymore. They’re not at the Lomas de Sandino soccer field, where they were first seen, either.There are still a lot of police officers. They’ve taken a white, two-floor corner house as their base. It was a house where they used to treat people wounded during the protests.The market where people came to eat and talk was transformed. Authorities gave it a top-of-the-line government makeover. They didn’t just hoist the Sandinista Flag, they installed a metal plaque that reads:“To the heroes and martyrs of Monimbó, the historic town of Masaya,” referencing the insurrection against Somoza, the tyrant that people stood up against, in the same way that people are doing against Ortega 40 years later.The makeshift altar that the people erected on the sidewalk of the San Sebastian Church to honor the most recent victims of government oppression was destroyed. People lock themselves indoors every day before 6 p.m to avoid traveling through Monimbó. Police are on guard 24 hours a day, rifles ready, as if they were about to get ambushed at any second.The silence weighs heavy at night, but sometimes you can hear gunfire.“It’s like they’re shooting into the air,” one townsperson, who asked not to be identified for safety concerns, said.But there are nights where you can hear the thundering boom of homemade bombs. That’s how they remind their executioners that there’s a resistance that’s still breathing.After the paramilitaries came in, the police swept up anybody. That’s why it’s dangerous to be out on the street, especially at night.A lot of families haven’t waited to wait for the police offensive. They left their houses under the care of neighbors or relatives and took only what they could carry in their hands or throw over their shoulders.Monimbo has never been the same, despite government attempts to sell the idea that the country is going back to “normal.”The school doors are still closed. On Wednesday, after the paramilitary attack, hooded men set up in the historic neighborhood. La Prensa / Manuel EsquivelOther towns sufferedAlong with the people of Monimbó, there were other towns in Masaya that suffered the same oppression: Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, and Niquinohomo. In Granada: Diriá and Diriomo. They were all victims of the attack by the regime’s oppressive forces. Alex lived through two attacks, one on July 15 in Catarina and the other July 17 in Masaya. He ran away from his home city to Monimbó despite the constant danger in the neighborhood.He watched the same movie twice: paramilitaries attacking young protesters with bullets.He survived and now he’s in hiding. Another young man that escaped the Monimbó attack also resisted ambushes in Niquinohomo, his hometown. He said that “bullets whistled” next to him during a shootout and that instead of being afraid, it gave him more courage to carry on.“I went through a lot, two days walking without food, drinking dirty water in the Masayo Lagoon,” he said.Oppression will go onThe commissioner general, Ramón Avellán, who was famous because of audio recordings the resistance in Masaya dedicated to him and for his oppression on unarmed civilians, told several publications that the liberation of more than 80 prisoners last week was the “biggest display of solidarity with these families.”He also said that he would enact the law on protest organizers.“We want to tell the general population that we’re going to take the necessary measures with all the leaders of those groups that we’ve captured. They’re going to face the law” Avellán said.Read the original story in Spanish at La Prensa, first published on June 30.This story was translated into English and republished in The Tico Times as part of a partnership with La Prensa to help bring their coverage of the Nicaraguan crisis to an English-speaking audience. Facebook Comments Related posts:“Comandante Macha,” the young woman with cancer fighting from the barricades in Jinotepe Álvaro Conrado, the young martyr of Nicaragua’s protests The Tico Times partners with La Prensa to bring more coverage from Nicaragua Three brothers jailed in Jinotepe for supporting protests with musiclast_img read more

Broadcasting authority goes on fines spree

first_imgTHE Radio Television Authority (CRTA) slapped TV and radio stations this week with fines exceeding €57,000 in total, for airing among others, improper comments against President Nicos Anastasiades and Archbishop Chrysostomos.In total, the CRTA issued rulings in 20 cases concerning 125 violations for breach of human rights – respect to one’s personality, honour, privacy – use of indecent language, wrong content rating, failing to provide sign language in news programmes, advertising during no-advertisement zones, advertisements with misleading information, airing material showing excessive violence, and breach of licence terms. The authority imposed €57,350 worth of fines in total, in 16 of these cases, and warning to the remaining.The Limassol-based Extra TV was slapped with a €6,000 fine for airing last November in its main news programme a live phone interview with Ilias Kasidiaris, the vice-president and MP of the far-right Golden Dawn party in Greece, who accused Anastasiades of being “servile towards the Turks” and for following a policy that is “treacherous to the nation”.The interview, given to the station’s editor-in-chief, was aired on November 17, during Anastasiades’ visit in Athens, where he had briefed all Greek political leaders – except those of Golden Dawn – on the latest developments concerning the settlement talks.Kasidiaris, said that Anastasiades did not invite Golden Dawn to the briefing because he did not dare “listen to the opposite point of view, the ethnocentric view”. He added that the briefing was nothing more than “shadow theatre” and that Anastasiades’ goal was to revive the 2004 UN (Annan) plan for the reunification of the island which was rejected by the majority of the Greek Cypriots.“Back then (2004), luckily, national leader Tassos Papadopoulos was in power, today, unfortunately, the political life of Cyprus has stooped to be represented by Anastasiades, who wants to bring the Annan plan back,” Kasidiaris said.The CRTA ruled that the TV station in question broadcast “an interview in its news bulletin which was not governed by respect for the personality and reputation of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, for which reference was made”.TV stations, it said, are obliged to safeguard respect to the personality, honour, reputation, private life and professional activities of persons they host or who are being mentioned in their programmes including advertisements.The authority also slapped Capital TV with a €3,000 fine for breach of the same principles, but this time for broadcasting a Greek gossip TV show where participants “distorted the points of view of Archbishop Chrysostomos”.The show, according to the CRTA, made visual and verbal references to the archbishop “without ensuring respect to his personality, honour, reputation and private life”, while it also distorted things he had said concerning the Cyprus Church’s plans of opening its own schools and on homosexuality.The archbishop’s comments last November during a TV show that he would tell schoolchildren that homosexuality was a sin and unnatural and that one ought to struggle to overcome it, had caused the ire of many, including Accept-LGBTI Cyprus that lodged an official report on Chrysostomos with the attorney-general for promoting hatred based on sexual orientation or gender identity.Among others, participants of the Greek TV station Epsilon’s programme ‘Apokaliptika’ that was aired by Capital TV last November, said that the archbishop aimed at “founding schools to cure homosexuals” and at “creating the perfect human”.Making references to the interview he had given, the show presented the archbishop as “trying to revive medieval perceptions and Goebbelsian tactics for perfecting human kind and developed his god inspired plan for his schools”.The CRTA also imposed fines totalling €8,250 to Alpha, Sigma and Plus TV stations for airing in the main news bulletins the raw footage of the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December last year, during his address at the opening of an art exhibition in Istanbul.The TV stations in question were found to violate a number of regulations concerning airing – without a warning – a video with violent scenes within the family zone, which could harm “the physical, spiritual or moral development of minors”.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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homeowner shot and killed two unarmed teenagers during an apparent Thanksgiving break-inByron David Smith 64 told authorities he feared they had a weapon He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder for allegedly using an unreasonable level of force to protect himself and his homeWhat is considered reasonable – and what is protected from prosecution – varies from state to state Minnesota and North Dakota lawmakers have made efforts in recent years to change these lawsMinnesota law offers a one-paragraph statute defining the justifiable taking of life in such cases saying it’s only allowed "when necessary in resisting or preventing an offense which the actor reasonably believes exposes the actor or another to great bodily harm or death" or while preventing a felony in the residenceMelton said jurors are provided clear instructions based on this statute and case law that outline a justified killing: It must have been done in the belief that it was necessary to avert death or great bodily harm the defendant’s judgment of the level of peril needs to be reasonable under the circumstances and jurors must believe a reasonable person in this situation also would have decided to defend and didn’t have alternatives to avoid the perilMelton said he applied Minnesota’s standards for deadly force when he decided not to charge Vernon Allen in a recent Moorhead home invasion case Allen shot and killed 17-year-old Joel LaFromboise in 2009 after the teen broke into his apartment and allegedly grabbed the barrel of Allen’s shotgunMelton said a reasonable person in that situation could have made the same judgment – something that might not be the case in the Little Falls shooting where the homeowner told investigators he shot 18-year-old Haile Kifer several times in the chest while she was on the ground after he shot her while she came down a stairway Minnesota’s Republican-controlled Legislature passed a bill earlier this year that would have expanded the legal justification for self-defense by a so-called "castle doctrine" to cars vehicles and tents and deleting a requirement that a person try to retreat first Democratic Gov Mark Dayton vetoed the billNorth Dakota legislators approved House Bill 1319 in 2007 something Rep Al Carlson R-Fargo said was necessary to provide "a little better form of protection without having the law get in your way" in a residence"Before it was kind of set up so that you were to seek shelter and not defend yourself in your home if you were broken into" he said "With this the law follows the doctrine of your home is your castle and allows you to use reasonable defense of your home when you’re there"The bill was controversial at the time earning the opposition of several law enforcement groups But Carlson said it doesn’t appear the law has caused problems in the past five years"We made sure it didn’t expand out to people in their cars and parking lots and things" he said "It’s basically a home defense bill"Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick said North Dakota still requires a level of restraint"Your home is considered a protected area so you don’t necessarily have a duty to retreat but you still have to consider what’s appropriate" Burdick saidHe said it often makes more sense to call the police than use force"You shouldn’t just kill people because you might be able to explain it away" Burdick saidCarlson said North Dakota lawmakers weren’t unique in taking a look at self-defense and deadly force laws – more than half of the states have passed similar castle doctrinesHe said expanding legal protections to those who defend themselves isn’t meant to justify situations like the recent shooting in Little Falls"That was way excessive" Carlson said "That was never the intention of the law"Parise said if the Little Falls case goes to trial it will be up to the jury to decide if the homeowner was justified or notHe said he had a case near Willmar Minn. 4. detention and interrogation activities, * 2012: Best Performing Governor on Immunization in South-East Nigeria – by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. And there you have it: your summer cookout, Updated Date: Apr 10, He said rendition,S.

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