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New draft Bill to Expand Powers of US Border Agents on

Rabat – As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to meet US President Donald Trump for the first time, a little-talked-about Bill C-23 is wending its way through Parliament in Ottawa, according to the CBC, with nary a whisper heard until now.If Bill C-23 isn’t controversial yet, it should be. It began its life cycle during the era of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former President Barack Obama, as part of an initiative to open border cooperation between the two countries.The new bill will expand the rights and powers of US border control agents operating on Canadian soil, affording them the ability to search and even detain Canadian citizens and permanent residents on Canadian soil. It could potentially see Canadians being prevented from re-entry to their own country. A reciprocal agreement was passed in the United States in December, easily winning over both the Republican-controlled Senate and Congress. In eight existing airports spread across Canada, areas designated for pre-clearance allow Canadian citizens going to the United States to clear US customs while still on Canadian soil. These pre-clearance zones are where Bill C-23 will see itself acted out and that has Calgary immigration lawyer, Michael Greene concerned.Why the Concern?“A Canadian going to the U.S. through a pre-clearance area (on Canadian soil) can say: ‘I don’t like the way [an interview] is going and I’ve chosen not to visit your country.’ And they can just turn around and walk out,” Greene explains.Under Bill C-23, Greene continues, that same Canadian citizen or permanent resident would not be allowed to leave the interview. Instead they could be subjected to interrogation about their reasons for wanting to cancel their trip. “And that’s the part we think could be really offensive and goes too far,” he says.According to the CBC report, the new bill does come with a provision against “unreasonable delay” but this provides immigration attorney Greene little comfort.“What’s reasonable for them might be a very long interrogation. Whereas for the individual it may be ‘I’ll tell you why I don’t want to answer anymore questions and then I’m leaving.’ Well the problem is that if that person then tries to get up and leave, they can be charged with failing to cooperate, which, under this bill, is an offence they can be arrested for, and then charged and given a federal record.”Not So FastAs far as physical searches are concerned, right now when they are deemed necessary, they cannot be conducted without a Canadian officer being present. Here as well, Bill C-23 puts a new spin on things. If a Canadian officer is not available or disagrees the search is necessary, the US officer will be permitted to completed the search him/herself. Immigration attorneys such as Michael Greene worry that on an occasion where the Canadian officer refuses to take part in the search, the US officer will simply say “Fine, we’re going to do it anyway.”Toronto immigration lawyer, Howard Greenburg, is also urging caution regarding the upcoming proposed bill. His concern is rooted in the vagueness of the bill’s wording and how border agents on both sides will interpret it in different situations. He explains his position saying, “At some point it may change from a situation where you’re simply responding to a question, to a situation. Where you’re failing to respond to a direction of an officer. So the ambiguity is somewhat dangerous for the traveller.”Permanent Residents Read HereCurrently permanent residents of Canada and Canadian citizens enjoy an equal right to absolute entry back into Canada. Under Bill C-23, Canadian border agents would have the right to prevent a permanent resident or citizen from boarding a flight. The person would then be instructed to find a land route for his/her journey, where absolute re-entry would remain guaranteed.This still leaves a problem for Greene, concerning anyone who might travel to Europe or other major cities. In Greene’s opinion, the Bill C-23 effect will ripple out far beyond the continental borders of Canada or the United States. This has the potential to be catastrophic for some travellers who find themselves turned away from flights home to Canada. “… if they get denied at, let’s say, De Gaulle airport in Paris, they’re not going to be able to get to a land crossing to make the entry,” says Greene.Right now, Bill C-23 isn’t attracting much public attention or discussion. With Trump’s stand on immigration, however, and more Canadians learning the bill’s details, that could change, making the passage of the bill less certain than it perhaps was just a matter of weeks ago. read more

UPFA WPC member Upali Kodikara arrested

Kodikara however pushed the police officer resulting in his cap falling on the ground, and got into the lift. (Colombo Gazette) The WPC member was following former President Mahinda Rajapaksa inside the commission office when a police officer attempted to stop him. United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Western Provincial Council (WPC) member Upali Kodikara was arrested today for obstructing police duty.He was produced before a Magistrate and remanded till Friday October 23. Kodikara was seen on television pushing a police officer who had attempted to prevent him from getting into a lift at the Presidential commission on serious fraud at the BMICH last week. read more

Syria UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya

“Crowds of hungry kids around,” Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Sajjad Malik said via text message this evening from the isolated town as the first four trucks of the 49-truck convoy unloaded in the dark to help relieve a situation that UN officials last week called “horrendous…ghastly,” noting that deliberate starvation of civilians amounts to war crimes.”It’s heartbreaking to see so many hungry people. It’s cold and raining but there is excitement because we are here with some food and blankets,” he added of the town, where the UN has received credible reports of people dying from starvation and being killed or injured while trying to leave the area, which last received UN humanitarian aid in October.UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria Yacoub El Hillo said today it has taken long and patient negotiations with many parties to facilitate the convoy.At the same time trucks have left Damascus for Kafraya and Foah, two towns under siege by opposition forces near the Turkish border in northwest Syria, where 20,000 people are also in desperate need, cut off from humanitarian and commercial access since October, as the war between the Government and a whole spectrum of rebel forces nears the start of its sixth year.The inter-agency convoy to Madaya brought life-saving items, including health, nutrition and food supplies, blankets, shelter materials, and soap for the people. The non-government group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said 23 people starved to death in the town in December, six of them children.Additional convoys to the same locations will take place over the coming days, carrying UNHCR aid including blankets, winter clothes, jerry cans, household items and diapers.Partner agencies are providing food and medicine through the convoys organized by the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.Mr. Hillo noted that while there is much focus on Madaya, where the situation requires an immediate response, the UN and its humanitarian partners are equally concerned about the 4.5 million people living in besieged and hard-to-reach area across Syria, including nearly 400,000 in 15 besieged locations without access to the aid that they desperately need.In the past year, only 10 per cent of all requests to access these areas were approved and delivered.“We continue to call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate sustained and unimpeded access to all people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria,” Mr. Hillo stressed.On the political front, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who is preparing the ground for political talks beginning in Geneva on 25 January in an effort to end the fighting, concluded a new round of regional consultations on Sunday, meeting in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputy.He updated them on preparations for the talks, and as did when he visited Saudi Arabia last week, obtained assurances that current tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia would not affect the engagement of their government in supporting the Geneva talks.On Saturday, Mr. de Mistura also had what was described as a useful meeting in Damascus with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem, and will now report back to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and seek his guidance ahead of the Geneva talks. read more

Pele GFF Frank Watson Under15 tournament to kick off this weekend

Ten teams who were triumphant in the respective Regional Member Association (RMA) will now compete for the spot as the best Under 15 team in the country when the competition kicks off on Saturday, February 2.Reflecting on the life of the tournament’s name sake was Pele Alumni’s John Yates, who emphasized on Frank Watson’s love for development and discipline. Yates also made mention of the need for inclusiveness.Nine teams will compete in groups of three in the preliminary rounds, with the three winners of those groups going on to take on Tabatinga FC in the final four.Citing the reason for this, Youth Development Officer Bryan Joseph explained that it would be less costly to the GFF to accommodate the Tabatinga FC for one day. Furthermore, Joseph explained that the league will be a historic one.The teams on show this weekend will be; Corriverton Lynx FC, BV Triumph FC and Santos FC in Cluster one on Saturday. Cluster two will play on Sunday with Timehri Panthers, FC Eagles and Milerock FC playing for supremacy. Both Clusters will play at the Providence National Training Centre.On Saturday February 9, Dartmouth Dominators FC, Rising Stars FC and Atkinson Brothers will battle in cluster. The final day of the league will take place on February 16 at the Providence National Training Centre with the winners of the three clusters competing.GFF’s Technical Director Ian Greenwood disclosed that he and the technical team will be using the league to identify Under 15 talents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFootball’s best on show…Stag Elite League Finale to kick off soonFebruary 5, 2016In “latest news”GFF selects Guyana-based Golden Jags …following Talent IDJanuary 25, 2019In “latest news”Santos, Mahaica Determinators are latest Limacol winnersSeptember 12, 2019In “latest news” read more

Report says FTSE 350 miners lagging behind on gender diversity

first_imgMining companies on the FTSE 350 are lagging behind their index peers when it comes to female executive representation, according to a new survey.Women Count 2018, produced by The Pipeline, found the 14 mining companies included in the index had just 10% representation of women on their executive committees, 1% representation of women in profit and loss (P&L) roles and no female executive directors.And, despite BHP publicising bold targets on gender – the diversified miner is looking to have a 50/50 gender balance by 2025 – others are not following suit.“Not only does mining have a poor record on engaging women in senior roles, they also have the highest gender pay gap,” The Pipeline said.The mining sector fared badly when compared with the entire FTSE 350 index universe, which had 16% female representation on executive committees and 5% in P&L roles. Only 8% of executive directors were female, according to the report.These levels are broadly the same as three years ago, according to The Pipeline, which indicates the situation is not improving.While gender diversity on boards is anecdotally improving, The Pipeline argues this is not the best industry measure: “Representation on executive committees, unlike representation on boards, is the best measure of gender equality in the FTSE 350 because executives have power in the running of a company.”The Pipeline was established in 2012 to deliver executive leadership programmes specifically designed for women.last_img read more

Accidental cooking fire causes $180,000 damage

first_imgA fire that sent one person to the hospital Wednesday was an accidental cooking fire that caused more than $180,000 damage, according to fire investigators.Firefighters were called to 9907 N.E. 104th Court around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday and brought the flames under control within 10 minutes, Vancouver Fire Department spokesman Raymond Egan said.The occupant of the house suffered fire-related injuries and was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment, according to fire officials.The injuries were described as not being life-threatening.Clark County Deputy Fire Marshal Susan Anderson said that the fire originated on a stovetop, but that she was uncertain if the occupant left the cooking unattended or had inadvertently left the stove’s burner on.The fire caused an estimated $107,719 in damage to the structure and an estimated $80,789 to the contents of the residence.last_img read more

One Stop Shop plan Rebooted who knew

first_img PDM Administration to go alone to UK for constitutional change says Premier Sharlene Robinson Recommended for you Turks & Caicos will be hit, if EU dumped by British Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The One Stop Shop concept was a multi-million dollar failure; realized by the former PNP Government which scrapped the plan – at some point during its administration – after it was clearly not working; that shocking announcement came today as the Premier and Finance Minister, Hon Sharlene Robinson sat with media to update on a number of national issues.“The One Stop shop was cancelled; we’ve put in place a customer service center under the former administration and under this administration we’re actually strengthening the customer service center and we’ve been getting some good reports.  A bright young man has come into the Public Service, new staff as well in terms of their functions and what we are working on, this new government, is the back office function and making sure the services are delivered in a time friendly way.”Premier Robinson committed her PDM Team to continuing to work the plan of reform which will be funded through the EDF 10 program; the good news is that although 90% of the EDF 10 money is spent, there is enough left to get systems within the Border control ministry percolating right.“The Minister of Border Control, Deputy Premier will be delighted to give you some wonderful news from his Ministry in terms of the computerization of the department which will only enhance.  We will say to you that about 90% of the EDF fund or the program has been completed, and what is outstanding is that exact area – Immigration and Work permits and we are going to continue working so that we can benefit…”EDF 10 was announced by former Finance Minister, Washington Misick in August 2013 as a $15 million European Union grant given to the Turks and Caicos Islands to support a transformation in business operations of Government.#MagneticMediaNews#PDMGovernment#PNPGovernment#European Union#EDF money Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Related Items:#EDF money, #magneticmedianews, #PDMGovernment, #PNPGovernment, european unionlast_img read more

Outback server given no tip on churchs 735 order fired over Facebook

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A Palm Beach County restaurant employee was fired after she took her anger over not being tipped on a large takeout order to social media.Christ Fellowship Church, also in Palm Beach Gardens, placed the $735 order to be picked up at a nearby Outback Steakhouse, Wednesday.A volunteer went to pick it all up — and server Tamlynn Yoder was there to help out.“I brought it out, put it in the car. We received the payment. there was no gratuity,” said Yoder.Next stop for Yoder was her social media platform. “I got upset. I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip,” she said.One of Yoder’s friends saw her post, called the church to complain. and was told the volunteer sent to pick up the food didn’t know to leave a tip.“Coming in to eat or takeout, you should automatically be wanting to tip 15 percent,” said Yoder. “From there, you either go up or go down based on service.” Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Trying to make it right, someone from the church called Outback the next day.But when Tamlynn showed up to work, she was terminated.As it turns out, the restaurant has a strict policy forbidding workers from posting about customers on social media.“I feel that we should be allowed to say something, especially to big parties that don’t leave anything, that pay the exact amount,” said Yoder. “I still feel the same way, and I’d probably still do it the same way today. I wouldn’t change anything.”People who attend Christ Fellowship said it was never their intention for anyone to lose their job.“The church did reach out to me, and [told me] that they are trying to rectify the whole thing,” she said.According to the Palm Beach Post, the restaurant went a step further after firing that employee — and gave the church a full refund. last_img read more

Lyft sued by investors over sinking stock

first_img 13 Lyft has experienced a rocky first few weeks on the stock market. Lyft When Lyft went public last month, its first day of trading was strong, with its share price closing at $78.29. That’s $6.29 higher than its preopen share price of $72. Then things took a turn. By day two, the ride-hailing company’s share price fell to $69.01. It’s been on a downhill slide ever since. As of Thursday’s close, Lyft’s share price was $58.36.On Wednesday, investors filed two separate proposed class action lawsuits against Lyft, according to Bloomberg. They allege the company misrepresented its market position when it went public saying it dominated 39 percent of the ride-hailing market when it might actually be less. The cases were filed in San Francisco’s state court where Lyft is headquartered. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview See It Tags Lyft,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sprint I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See It Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $299 at Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The Cheapskate See It $999 Read Google Home Hub review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Turo Read DJI Osmo Action preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires Lyft files for IPO, says it ‘represents freedom at your fingertips’ Uber’s IPO filing dishes on frenemies, synergies and #DeleteUber $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Ride-hailing IPOs Share your voice What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express 7 See it Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Chris Monroe/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP See at Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Amazon Boost Mobile Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $999 Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow $59 at eBay $6 at Tidal Comments Lyft was the first tech unicorn to go public in 2019, a year that’s predicted to be full of Silicon Valley initial public offerings. Lyft rival Uber publicly filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission last week for what could be the largest IPO in US history. In the days following Uber’s filing, Lyft’s stock dipped dramatically to an all-time low of $56.11 on Monday.A Lyft spokeswoman declined to comment on the lawsuits. Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read the AirPods review Comments Share your voice Rylo TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Nation observing 15th anniversary of 21 Aug grenade attacks

first_imgIvy Rahman (sitting) was alive immediately after the grenade attacks in the capital on 21 August 2004 . Prothom Alo File PhotoThe nation is observing the 15th anniversary of the gruesome grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally in the capital 21 August in 2004 with heavy hearts.The nation’s long wait seeking justice of the brutal grenade attack that killed 24 people and wounded nearly 500 finally ended as a special court pronounced the verdict of a case filed over the attack on 10 October 2018.The court awarded death sentence to 19 people including former junior home minister Lutfuzzaman Babar and life imprisonment to 19 including ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s fugitive son Tarique Rahman in connection with the grenade attack.With the verdict pronounced by Dhaka’s 1st Speedy Trial Tribunal judge ShahedNur Uddin, the nation was freed from stigma of committing most shocking crime in the political history.The gruesome grenade attack was carried out at an anti-terrorism rally of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital aiming to bankrupt the party leadership during the BNP-Jamaat alliance government.With the grace of the almighty, the then opposition leader and incumbent prime minister Sheikh Hasina and other front ranking leaders of AL narrowly escaped the carnage.But, 24 people including the then women affairs secretary of Awami League and wife of late Bangladesh president Zillur Rahman were killed and over 500 others injured in the attack and many of them became crippled for life.Those others killed in the barbaric grenade attack included the then opposition leader’s personal security guard retired lance corporal Mahbubur Rashid, Abul Kalam Azad, Rezina Begum, Nasir Uddin Sardar, Atique Sarkar, Abdul Kuddus Patwari, Aminul Islam Moazzem, Belal Hossain, Mamun Mridha, Ratan Shikdar, Liton Munshi, Hasina Mamtaz Reena, Sufia Begum, Rafiqul Islam (Ada Chacha), Mostaque Ahmed Sentu, Md Hanif, Abul Kashem, Zahed Ali, Momen Ali, M Shamsuddin and Ishaque Miah.Prominent among those suffered serious splinter injuries included Sheikh Hasina, Amir Hossain Amu, Abdur Razzak, Suranjit Sengupta, Obaidul Quader, lawyer Sahara Khatun, Mohammad Hanif, professor Abu Sayeed, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim.Marking the anniversary, the ruling AL, its front and associate bodies and its left-leaning allies, and other political parties, social-cultural and professional organisations have chalked out elaborate programmes across the country.AL and its associate bodies placed wreaths at a makeshift altar in front of the party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the morning today, Wednesday.A discussion will be held at Krishibid Institution of Bangladesh (KIB) at Khamarbari in city’s Farmgate area at 4pm.Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to chair the discussion. Intellectuals and national leaders will address it.Two separate cases, one for murder and another under Explosives Substances Act were filed on 22 August 2004, and the police on 9 June 2008 submitted the charge sheet. On 29 September 2008, the court framed charges in the case.Investigation officer and also additional deputy inspector general of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police on 2 July 2011, submitted a supplementary charge sheet before the court and the court on 18 March 2012, framed charges afresh after taking the new charge sheet into cognizance.Fifty two people were held accused in the case while prosecution suggested an influential quarter of the then BNP regime including party’s senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman masterminded its shocking plot engaging militant outfit HuJI and subsequently made desperate efforts to protect the assailants.Three of the accused top HuJI leader Mufty Abdul Hannan, Sharif Shahedul Bipul and then Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed, however, were by now executed after trial in other cases.A total of 31 accused including two former ministers faced the trial in person while 18 including Tarique Rahman were tried in absentia as they are believed to be staying abroad.Tarique, now in London, and 17 others including several intelligence officials were earlier declared “absconding” as they were on the run to evade justice.Eight suspects including three former police chiefs were on bail as the trial was underway while the court on 18 September 2018, scrapped their bail and ordered their confinement in jail with due facilities they deserved under law.During the BNP-Jamaat regime, the investigators were trying to divert the probe to a wrong direction to save the real culprits. Media reports brought to public attention the cooked-up story of Joj Mia by the then CID officials to derail the investigation.The visible attempt to frustrate the case by the then BNP-led regime prompted the subsequent interim government to order a fresh investigation into the case.last_img read more

New Study Finds That 42 Million Kids Experience Homelessness Each Year

first_imgChris Kindred for NPRMarquan Ellis was evicted from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada when he was 18.His mother battled with a drug and gambling addiction while he stayed at his godmother’s house. But he couldn’t stay there forever.He found his way to the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth where he enrolled in the independent living program.He isn’t sure what he would have done if he hadn’t found that program: “I would have been on the street looking for someone to help, looking for my next meal, looking for my next shower, looking for my next place to sleep.”Like Ellis, some 4.2 million young people experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year, according to a new study from Chapin Hall a research center at the University of Chicago.One in 30 teens experience some type of homelessness and it’s more common the older you get: one in 10 for young people aged 18 to 25. The study also found that African American youth are 82 percent more likely to experience homelessness.Marquan was one of those young black men in Nevada, which has the highest rate of unsheltered youth in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. This refers to people sleeping on the streets, in cars or in parks. Cities like San Francisco, Las Vegas and San Jose had high rates of unaccompanied youth that were unsheltered.Young people often end up homeless because of family breakdown, abuse or abandonment and it’s a problem that isn’t properly addressed, says Arash Ghafoori, the executive director of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth.“We really need to dial back and focus more on prevention,” he says. “There’s certain subsets of homeless youth that really require culturally sensitive and specifically tailored services.”The LGBTQ community is one of those communities; they are 120 percent more likely to experience youth homelessness than other people, according to the new report.This population is often hidden, and this new study is a rare look at the scope of the problem; other takeaways include that these young adults often don’t show up for school, or frequently switch between schools. As a result, many don’t have high school diplomas.“This is a stage in which young people are developing experiences and skills that will stay with them throughout their lives,” says Matthew Morton, a research fellow at Chapin Hall and the lead researcher on the report. “Every day of homelessness is a missed opportunity to support their healthy development and also their capacity to contribute to stronger communities and local economies.”Schools are uniquely positioned to reach these populations — and some of the biggest school districts in the country are facing this problem too. In New York, new data showed that 110,000 students had no permanent place to sleep at night. The number is double what it was a decade ago.The same goes for Texas where there are more than 113,000 000 homeless students and about 16,800 of those kids were unaccompanied by a legal guardian. Just this week, Texas Appleseed, a public service law center based in Austin, released a report summarizing nearly 100 interviews with young people who had experienced or were experiencing homelessness in Texas.“Schools are at the front line of this issue to make sure all kids needs are met,” says Jeanne Stamp, the director of the Texas Homeless Education Office, a state program funded by the federal law that protects homeless youth. She trains homeless liaisons in Texas school districts that ensure homeless students have transportation, uniforms or school supplies, and they work to connect families to community resources such as food pantries.It’s important for schools to be the one stable place for kids, where they can keep their friends and teachers, Stamp says.“Children who move around a lot or live in poverty tend to not do well academically,” she says. “That instability really undermines their ability to learn.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

2 Distinct Images of Baltimore Officer on Trial in Freddie Gray Case

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Officer William Porter did nothing to help Freddie Gray as he lay helpless on the floor of a Baltimore police transport van complaining that he couldn’t breathe and pleading for a medic, prosecutors said.Baltimore City police officer William Porter, right, one of six Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray, walks to courthouse East with one of his attorneys on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The charges carry maximum prison terms totaling about 25 years. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)But defense attorneys painted a wholly different portrait of the young officer during opening statements Wednesday in one of Baltimore’s highest-profile and highest-stakes court cases in the city’s recent history.Porter is an officer from West Baltimore who had just two years on the force when he and five other officers were charged in connection with Gray’s death earlier this year.His attorney told a jury Wednesday that Porter helped Gray to a bench when he asked for assistance, and offered to get him a medic. But he said the officer did not call an ambulance because Gray wasn’t exhibiting any signs of real injury or distress. Porter thought Gray, well-known to neighborhood patrolmen as always making a scene when being detained, was suffering from “jail-itis”— a police slang term for faking distress in order to be taken to the hospital rather than jail, the attorney said.Michael Schatzow, Chief Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, left, and his staff walk to courthouse East for the third day of jury selection for the trial of police officer William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 in Baltimore. Porter faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. The charges carry maximum prison terms totaling about 25 years. (Kevin Richardson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Prosecutors and defense attorneys presented two starkly contrasting narratives of Porter’s behavior on the day of Gray’s arrest in April: The former outlined a series of events that they said equated to criminal negligence, while the latter painted a picture of an officer using his best judgment while performing the challenging job of policing Baltimore’s troubled streets. Neither version provided many new details of the events.Gray was arrested April 12 in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood after he ran from a police officer. Prosecutors said he repeatedly told Porter he couldn’t breathe and that he needed medical care during several stops on his 45-minute journey from the Gilmor Homes housing complex, where he was first handcuffed and placed in the back of a transport van, to the Western District police station house, where he arrived unresponsive. Gray died a week later.“He had a duty to keep safe persons in custody,” Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow said of Porter. “Evidence will show that this defendant criminally neglected that duty.”Porter was called to the scene shortly after Gray’s arrest, and was present at five of the six stops the van made. Gray’s neck was broken between the second and fourth stops, which made his breathing increasingly difficult, the prosecutor said. During the van’s fourth stop Porter lifted Gray off the floor and placed him on the bench, but didn’t fasten the seatbelt, leaving Gray vulnerable to the van’s movements. Porter also failed to call for a medic despite Gray’s repeated requests for help, Schatzow said.Schatzow suggested the fatal injury could have happened when the van’s brakes engaged, since Gray could not have used his hands or feet to brace himself.“If it slams on its brakes, he’s going to move at the speed it was going before it slams on its brakes,” prosecutor Michael Schatzow said. “He’s completely at the mercy of whatever happens.”But Gary Proctor, Porter’s defense attorney, said the officer didn’t think Gray was actually hurt because there were no outward signs of injury and Gray had a history of causing a ruckus during arrests; just a few weeks prior Gray tried to kick out the windows of a police car.“He doesn’t say he’s in pain, he’s not wincing,” Proctor said of Gray during Porter’s interaction with him at the van’s fourth stop. “Not a word about not being able to breathe.”Proctor also said the injury occurred much later in the van’s trip, and a good while after Gray first began requesting medical help.As for pushing the “talk” button on his shoulder radio to summon a medic, that could mean spending hours with Gray in an emergency room awaiting a doctor’s note clearing him to go to jail, Proctor noted.“The state says pushing a button is the easiest thing in the world. We don’t agree,” Proctor said. “There were no signs of injury.”Proctor also told jurors that as for failing to buckle Gray into a seatbelt, the police policy doesn’t often translate into practice. Proctor said he plans to call a veteran officer to testify that in his lengthy career he had only strapped in a handful of detainees.“Freddie Gray’s death is tragic,” Proctor said, “but so is charging someone who did not precipitate it.”The trial was to resume Thursday with witness testimony.last_img read more

Arts and culture at a glance the week ahead in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:What not to miss at Costa Rica’s National Arts Festival Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Maybe there’s something more classically Costa Rican you could do this weekend than head to the gorgeous Ujarrás Ruins in the Orosi Valley for the seventh annualNational Chayote Festival, but we don’t know what. Nibble on dishes based on the green gourd and root for your favorites in the competitions for the heaviest chayote and the fastest chayote packer (Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3).Cheperock returns to San José on Saturday: international rock bands including Argentina’s Kapanga and Costa Rican bands including Sonàmbulo and Dr. Kyma will fill the Plaza de la Democracia downtown with music (Saturday, July 2).Get a new perspective on city life around the world with a group of photographers from Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and Athens, all united at the “Street Dogs” photo exhibit, which kicks off with an inauguration at Casa Batsú in Barrio Escalante (Saturday, July 2 – Saturday, July 16).Mexican actress Selene De la Cruz presents erotic tales at the Teatro Giratablas in a show entitled “Historias Infieles” or “Unfaithful Stories” (Saturday, July 2).Tico Times “Home Gardening” columnist Ed Bernhardt offers a workshop on medicinal plants at his New Dawn herb farm, located 4 km north of San Isidro del General. The workshop includes an herb walk, classes, and demonstrations on how to grow, harvest and prepare medicinal plants for home use, and a snacks and a delicious lunch from the garden; write Ed at for more info (Sunday, July 3).“Preámbulo,” the free film series from the Costa Rican Institute of Cinematography, celebrates its first birthday this weekend with multiple showings at the institute’s Barrio Amón facility, including “Gasolina,” “Ace in the Hole” (Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3).The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP) hosts its fifth annual kids’ fishing tournament at the Puntarenas dock on Sunday. The event is catch and release, and open to children ages 7-12. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. and sign-ups start at 8 a.m. at the INCOP dock. (Sunday, July 3)And for all of those who will be celebrating the Fourth of July, especially all those who will celebrate Sunday at the 56th Annual Fourth of July Picnic, we wish you a great one! Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Say no to the straw but yes to this one

first_imgSorbos: Edible straws coming to Costa Rica Facebook Comments Sorbos’ edible straws make it easy to say yes to straws without harming the environment. Created in Spain, they are now coming to different businesses in Costa Rica. They are available in various flavors, for everyone’s taste.Read more about them in the following article:center_img Related posts:Another culinary trip around the world Gardeners of the forest: The tapir in Costa Rica A fun night at Bebedero: liquor, sex talk and more Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)last_img read more

New York DA becomes newest member of House replacing Grimm

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Donovan thanked family members and other supporters who watched from the visitors’ galleries as he took the oath of office, saying, “I promise to make all of them proud of my representation of them down here as a member of the greatest legislative body in the world.”Donovan, 58, resigned Tuesday as Staten Island district attorney, a post he held for more than a decade. He entered the national spotlight last year after a grand jury he impaneled decided against indicting the white police officer who placed Garner, an unarmed black man, in a fatal chokehold.That case was among several that have raised questions about police treatment of minorities in several cities.Donovan takes a House seat vacant since January, when GOP Rep. Michael Grimm resigned following his guilty plea. Grimm, who faces sentencing in June, had been re-elected to a third House term last November despite being under indictment.By taking office, Donovan gives Republicans a 245-188 House majority. There are two vacancies in GOP-leaning seats.Among those watching Donovan take his oath was former GOP Rep. Susan Molinari, who represented the district from 1990 to 1997 and is Google’s chief Washington lobbyist. Check your body, save your life 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York prosecutor involved in the Eric Garner chokehold case was sworn in Tuesday as the House’s newest member, replacing a lawmaker who quit Congress after pleading guilty to tax fraud.Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election last week to the vacant seat, which represents Staten Island and a small slice of Brooklyn. He’s the only Republican from heavily Democratic New York City in Congress, representing a district that has many working-class white voters and is one of the city’s more conservative areas. Top Stories Sponsored Stories Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

Celebrity sails from AU to Caribbean

first_imgCelebrity Cruises has announced that it is sending four its Solstice Class ships as well as two of its newly refurbished ships to the Caribbean during 2012 to 2012 Aussie summer season.From November 2012 to November 2013, the six ships will sail around the Caribbean following up to 21 various itineraries and taking off from three different homeports including Fort Lauderdale and San Juan, Puerto Rico.With fares available for purchase from 21 April this year, the Celebrity Reflection has been selected to sail roundtrip from Miami, Florida on altering seven night itineraries between a seven night Eastern Caribbean while the Celebrity Eclipse will cover the South on 14 night voyages as well as one special eight night Eastern Caribbean trip at the start of the season. For Ultimate Caribbean cruises the Celebrity Summit will offer 10 to 11 night trips and for a shorter tour Celebrity Constellation will present four to five night cruises around Miami. The Celebrity Summit is set to take passengers on seven night Southern Caribbean cruises while the Celebrity Silhouette will offer alternative seven night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries. Passengers on board the Silhouette will also be treated to a change in port of call from Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico with calls to Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica.Meanwhile, four Celebrity ships are set to pull into Hawaii, Panama Canal and South America over the same period, with up to 29 itineraries prepared ranging from 11 to 17 nights.Celebrity Century, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Solstice and Celebrity Infinity will sail across the region and will stop at up to 42 ports of call combined. Tickets for the Hawaii, Panama Canal and South America cruises will go on sale from 22 April this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

QantasLink upgrades Perth presence

first_imgQantasLink adds new WA services and crew Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas’ subsidiary is increasing its Western Australia connections, announcing a new service between Geraldton and Perth and preparing to establish a new pilot and cabin crew base in the capital city.Subject to approval, the twice daily Monday to Friday and daily Saturday and Sunday flights will commence from 21 November this year with tickets for an introductory one-way flight selling from 11-18 August.Serviced by the carrier’s Q400 aircraft, executive manager Narendra Kumar said Geraldton would mark the airlines fifty-sixth destination.  “This service will provide the Geraldton community with unprecedented access to a range of Australian and international destinations by linking them to Qantas’s extensive network,” Mr Kumar explained. Currently recruiting staff for its new Perth set-up, a carrier from the statement read WA based crew would be required to undergo comprehensive training before commencing on QantasLink’s Q400 services.This is the carrier’s newest route, since it upped its services between Cairns and Weipa earlier this year.last_img read more

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