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Paris Diamond League: Soufiane El Bakkali Wins Race Despite Bloody Foot

Rabat – Moroccan athlete Soufiane El Bakkali took home the victory from the Paris Diamond League’s 3000m steeplechase, a race which includes hurdles and water jumps, on Saturday, August 25.El Bakkali injured his foot during the race and blood could be seen seeping through his shoes, but that didn’t stop him from being the first to cross the finish line. The win “at a cost, as he limped away with blood all over his shoe after being badly spiked in a race,” said International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) who organizes the diamond league.El Bakkali was also faced by tough competition, with accomplished athletes such as Ethiopia’s Lamecha Girma and Kenya’s Benjamin Kigen coming in 2nd and 3rd place behind him.He finished the obstacle race with a total time of 8:06.54, whereas Kigen clocked in at 8:07.09, and Girma at 8:08.63.The win adds to El Bakkali’s already long list of athletic achievements at just 23. In 2016, El Bakkali represented Morocco at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, coming 4th in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, his specialty.He placed first in the steeplechase at the Mediterranean Games held in Spain in 2018, and 2nd in the African Championships in Nigeria.Just this summer, El Bakkali won the men’s 3000m steeplechase championship in Monaco on Friday, July 12, clocking in a time of 8:04:82. It marked his second time winning the competition, having won in 2018 as well, although he failed to break his record from last year of 7:58:15.Read also: Moroccan Runner Ranks first in Spanish 15km Race read more

Female passenger arrested with foreign currency

She had attempted to take the currency to Bangkok when she was arrested this morning. Customs officers found 35,700 Sterling Pounds, 44,170 USD, 100,000 Norway Kroner, 100,000 Denmark Kroner, 30,100 Euro, 4300 Swiss Francs, 60,000 Saudi Riyals, 24,000 Canadian dollars and 1,000,000 Korean won. Investigations are being carried out by Deputy Director of Customs Anura Walawage and other customs officers. A female passenger was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) today with foreign currency concealed in her baggage.The Sri Lankan woman, aged 50, a resident of Kaduwela, was arrested by the customs officers at the Departure Lounge pf the Katunayake Airport with foreign currency valued at Rs. 28, 257,645.00 concealed in her baggage. read more

Canadian Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka after 13 years

Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion will hold bilateral discussions with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Thursday afternoon, 28 July 2016, at the Foreign Ministry, following which, both Ministers will address the media. On Friday 29 July, Foreign Minister Dion will travel to Jaffna, where he will meet the Governor of the Northern Province Reginald Cooray, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and members of civil society. The Minister will also visit Canadian funded projects including the Jaffna Hospitality Training Centre and an Agro Economic Development Project (ADP) funded by Canada with UNDP and FAO support, relating to agro economic cooperatives in the dairy and agriculture industries.Minister Dion’s visit is expected to infuse new momentum to relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The Foreign Minister of Canada Stéphane Dion will arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow on an official visit. Minister Dion’s official programme will be on 28 and 29 July 2016, the Foreign Ministry said.This bilateral official visit to Sri Lanka by a Foreign Minister of Canada takes place after 13 years, and within less than a year since the formation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Government. Minister Dion will call on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan on 28 July. He will also meet the Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan, on the same day, in connection with support extended by Canada for the National Languages Equality Advancement Project (NLEAP). read more

Small window of opportunity for peace has opened UN Middle East envoy

Briefing the Council in New York, Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process, said a step-by-step approach by the Israelis and the Palestinians, combined with confidence-building measures, is essential if the window of opportunity is not to be wasted.Mr. Roed-Larsen said both sides need the strong support of the international community, led by the diplomatic Quartet of the European Union, the Russian Federation, the UN and the United States.The Road Map is a Quartet-sponsored peace plan that calls for parallel and reciprocal steps leading to Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security by 2005.Mr. Roed-Larsen said the opportunity to get the peace process back on track follows the willingness of the leaders – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the recently selected Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Qurei – to resume talks.He added that, on the ground in the Middle East, the situation was relatively quiet in recent months, with fewer deaths and acts of violence on both sides.Mr. Roed-Larsen concluded his briefing by saying that if this opportunity is not seized, “the cost could be devastating. The current hopes for peace among the peoples could be replaced by the creeping paralysis of a hopeless outlook by a greater hardening of positions and a deepening of the spiral of violence.”Security Council members then held consultations on the issue after the briefing. read more

Kings claim forward Nikita Scherbak off waivers from Montreal Canadiens

The Los Angeles Kings have claimed right wing Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens.The Kings announced the move in a release Sunday. Scherbak, 22, has played in 29 career NHL games, all with Montreal, and has five goals and two assists.The Moscow native has not appeared in a game this season with the Canadiens. He has played in five games with the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League and has one goal.Scherbak played 26 regular-season games with Montreal and he recorded six points including four goals. One of his goals came on the power play and one came shorthanded.He made his NHL debut during the 2016-17 season, appearing in three games and recording one point, his first career goal.Scherbak was Montreal’s first-round draft selection (26th overall) in 2014.The Canadian Press read more

Approximately 75K of Ohio States 175K required Orange Bowl tickets sold

If Ohio State fans are looking to cover Miami’s Sun Life Stadium in scarlet Jan. 3 to watch the the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) take on No. 12 Clemson (10-2, 7-1) in the Discover Orange Bowl, they will likely need to shell out some green to do so.Face value price for a student ticket was $110, compared to $165 for the general public, Assistant Athletic Director Brett Scarbrough told The Lantern Thursday in an email.OSU was required to purchase 17,500 tickets for the football team’s game against Clemson, and as of Thursday, there were “approximately 7,500 committed,” according to the email.Of the 1,000 tickets allocated out for students, so far, 584 have been purchased. The email said that number does not take in to account any student who bought tickets and travel through the Office of Student Life tour package, though.According to the email, the Orange Bowl distributes any unsold inventory to military personnel and youth groups in South Florida. OSU has already given back 9,000 tickets from its allotment for that purpose.Kickoff between OSU and Clemson is set for 8:30 p.m. read more

Komatsu Australia opens multimillion dollar facility in Brisbane

first_imgKomatsu Australia has announced the official opening and commissioning of its all-new, state of the art regional and mining headquarters at Wacol, southwest of Brisbane. Total project expenditure in excess of A$55 million has been injected into the local economy, with up to 400 workers employed during the construction phase that completed in March 2012. The facility will act as a one-stop shop for Queensland customers, with the sale, service, assembly and remanufacturing of mining and construction equipment taking place on site. The site also features Condition Monitoring Services’ oil-testing laboratories.More than 150 permanent employment opportunities have been created with the establishment of the Komatsu Wacol site.The “operational hub” will also house Komatsu Australia’s Mining Division head office and service customers through a world-class mechanical component remanufacturing centre.Komatsu says the Wacol site has 40% more capacity and will assemble up to 70 “Ultra-class” mining dump trucks each year, with the facility strategically located and built to better service customers in the rapidly expanding Queensland resource sector.Significantly, the Wacol site will play an integral role in the employment of up to 100 new trades-based apprentices by Komatsu over the next 12 months.Managing Director of Komatsu Australia Limited, Sean Taylor, said the Wacol facility was the company’s single biggest investment in Australia to date. “The commissioning of our all-new Wacol facility is an important milestone in the strategic expansion of Komatsu’s nationwide sales and service network.  Komatsu made the decision to invest in this Queensland site, enhancing our capability to meet the growing needs of customers in the Australian marketplace.“We have a very positive outlook for the local resource and construction markets, and have made the development of Wacol as a customer service facility a key infrastructure priority for Komatsu. In fact, the Komatsu Wacol facility is our largest ever investment in Australia.”Taylor said Komatsu was guided by a corporate commitment to the sustainable development of industry, and that the Wacol site had been designed with a number of advanced, environmentally friendly features.The site has six main buildings across 61,000 m2 of land.Three large central buildings house office, mining and construction machine assembly, service workshop and remanufacturing functions, with a fully enclosed wash bay building, boiler-maker and track press shop, and an extensive paint-shop building.The environmentally friendly paint-shop can easily accommodate two Komatsu 930E (290-t payload) mining dump trucks, and is the largest spray booth of its type in the southern hemisphere.It has been specifically designed so that it is fully enclosed, preventing the release of harmful paint toxins into the atmosphere. Its advanced automotive-specification equipment significantly improves the paint quality of machines for customers.Rainwater harvesting, energy efficient lighting, temperature-controlling insulation and a bio-retention basin are all featured on site.“We are proud of these environmental measures – and they are a shining example of Komatsu’s global efforts to reduce our ecological footprint,” Taylor said.The establishment of the new Wacol facility has been actively supported by the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, with a view towards the long-term economic development of the southwest Brisbane area.Treasurer Tim Nicholls, who attended the opening, recognised the role Queensland Premier Campbell Newman played in attracting Komatsu to Brisbane while he was Lord Mayor.“The LNP Government is very excited to see Komatsu set up its regional headquarters at Wacol, the company’s single biggest investment in Australia to date,” Nicholls said.“The LNP is committed to reaching an unemployment target of 4% in six years and projects such as this one will be of enormous benefit in helping to achieve that, with the creation of more than 150 permanent jobs.“The LNP is committed to growing a four pillar economy, including strengthening our construction and mining sectors to ensure we all benefit from companies such as Komatsu investing in our state,”  Nicholls said.Construction of the Wacol facility has taken more than 16 months, with official work commencing at the end of October 2010.last_img read more

Ireland plans to work with other countries to drive down the cost

first_img Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 3:28 PM THE IRISH GOVERNMENT wants to work with other EU countries in a bid to drive down the cost of expensive medicines.Minister for Health Simon Harris today announced that Ireland is to open negotiations with Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Austria on drug pricing and supply.Harris will now issue a letter of intent to his counterparts in those four countries formally signalling Ireland’s interest in joining the existing collaboration, known as the BeNeLuxA Initiative.“I’m delighted that Cabinet has given formal approval for Ireland to open these negotiations and I look forward to working with these countries to explore opportunities to secure affordable access to new medicines for Irish patients, through information sharing and policy exchange.“In fact I will be travelling to Belgium and the Netherlands in the coming weeks and hope to begin discussions with my Ministerial counterparts in both countries,” said the health minister.In an interview with last year, the minister said he was “exploring options” with other EU countries to see if he can bring down the cost of drugs bought by the state.As Ireland has a population of over four and a half million people and Europe with 400 million, he said there could be deals to be done.Securing access to new and innovative medicines, in a manner that’s affordable and sustainable, is one of the minister’s key objectives, he said.Harris said there is a challenge, not unique to Ireland, to drive down the price tags of some drugs.“That is why over the past two years my Department has been engaging with other European countries in an effort to identify solutions to medicines pricing, sustainability and supply,” he said.Harris said working collaboratively with the BeNeLuxA countries “is a concrete step forward”.“It will allow Ireland to explore opportunities, in an increasingly challenging environment of high pricing of medicines by pharmaceutical companies, to secure sustainable and affordable access for patients to new and innovative medicines,” said Harris. Short URL Even in the best-case Brexit scenario, the Irish economy will still take a hit – government report>Poll: Have you been affected by the rental crisis? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,849 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tibor Duriscenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Tibor Duris Ireland plans to work with other countries to drive down the cost of expensive medicines Ireland is to open negotiations with four countries on drug pricing and supply. Share19 Tweet Email4 By Christina Finn Feb 13th 2018, 3:28 PM 28 Comments last_img read more

Cold case appeal for information on brutal murder of Limerick teen in

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jeffrey’s family is asking people to consider providing even the smallest piece of information, which may seem insignificant.“If a member of the public prefers to give the information without identifying themselves, they can call Crimestoppers on 1800 250025,” Swann added. 2 Comments 13,554 Views Share18 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img By Cianan Brennan Jeffrey HannanAN APPEAL FOR information into the murder of a Limerick teenager over a decade ago has been launched.19-year-old Jeffrey Hannan’s body was found on a green at O’Malley Park in the city on the morning of 22 November 2007.He had sustained multiple injuries to his head and upper body.Jeffrey was from the O’Malley Park area, and gardaí and his family believe that a person who has “intimate knowledge” of the crime may now be willing to come forward with that information.“It is now over ten years since Jeffrey died in violent circumstances. We are appealing for anyone with information to come forward,” said Detective Sergeant Kevin Swann of Roxboro Road Garda Station in the city. Cold case appeal for information on brutal murder of Limerick teen in 2007 19-year-old Jeffrey Hannan was murdered in violent circumstances on 22 November 2007. Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 1:52 PM Jun 13th 2018, 1:52 PM last_img read more

Partnerships financial aid helping Clark Conservation District stay afloat

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — Earlier this year, Julie and John Zanzi left Vancouver for a new house nestled in rolling pastures of old farmland in rapidly growing Ridgefield. Their new 1-acre home overlooks a field of grass left over from the previous farm that’s separated from Gee Creek by a blackberry patch.Wanting to live in harmony with their new surroundings, they enrolled in a six-week class offered by the Clark Conservation District on watershed stewardship that included speakers on plants, fish, wildlife, and ground and surface water, as well as regulations.“It inspired us to really do what we can to minimize our impact,” Julie Zanzi said.That class included a follow-up visit to their home by Ashley Smithers, the district’s resource specialist, and Zorah Oppenheimer, its interim director. During the visit, they chatted about installing a rain garden, native shrubs, perennials and flowers to soak up polluted runoff before it washes into the creek. They talked about planting native flowers and red-flowering currants on the field of grass to prevent erosion and provide food for pollinators.But just a few months ago, it wasn’t clear if the district could continue to offer free technical assistance like this to property owners. In September, the Clark County Council voted down a request from the district that would have charged most property owners $5 per parcel to keep the district financially afloat. The district said the new charge was needed to keep it viable after it saw a large source of grants from the state Department of Ecology dry up.Although a county report described the district as a benefit to landowners, the council, worried about rising costs to taxpayers, voted down the request. In the wake of the council’s vote, there were questions as to whether the district could still function. But after several uncertain months, the district has begun rebuilding itself with some help from partner organizations.last_img read more

Man Untd boss Probably football managers should be called more head

first_imgJose Mourinho has admitted that football is changing stating that football managers should probably be called “head coaches” instead of “managers.”Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 without the great playing squad as expected due to several of the first-team regulars missing much of their pre-season as a result of the World Cup.The United boss claimed he wanted “six changes, not three” in Friday night’s Premier League opener at Old Trafford but goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw gave them victory over a team which Mourinho pointed out had “invested more than us”.“In the Premier League, we must get used to playing teams with the same quality we have,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“Forget the name, forget the history, forget the shirts. Every team is a good team.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Asked if there was a problem with United’s board not agreeing with the names put forward, Mourinho said:“That’s football management.“Football is changing. Probably football managers should be called more head coaches. We have big multi-functional coaching staffs and I think we are more the head coach than the manager.”last_img read more

Man robs Credit Union in Rancho Bernardo

first_imgMan robs Credit Union in Rancho Bernardo SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man with a bandana tied around his head robbed a Rancho Bernardo financial-services office this afternoon, authorities reported.The thief was carrying a motorcycle helmet when he approached a teller at the San Diego County Credit Union branch in the 11900 block of Bernardo Plaza Drive and demanded money shortly before 4 p.m., according to San Diego police.The robber, who stole an undisclosed amount of money, was described as a roughly  5-foot-10-inch, 200-pound white man with a mustache. It was unclear if he fled the area on foot or, possibly, via a motorcycle or other type of vehicle.In addition to the black-and-white kerchief on his head, the bandit was wearing glasses, gray pants, a black hooded jacket and black shoes, Officer Robert Heims said. Posted: February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, February 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Press Talk Of bad calls speeches and good books

first_img What a call, what a callI know, I know, the seemingly endless droning over Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll’s pass call that cost them the Super Bowl is wearing thin.But this critically important point must now be made:If Carroll had owned a Don’t Do Stupid Stuff mug ($10 at our front counter, please) the victory parade would not have been in Boston. The world would not have had to gaze at Patriots QB Tom Brady’s perfect smile … again.Also, we wouldn’t have to hear community superstar Dianna Kretzschmar threatening to “throat punch” anyone who mentions the word “Pats.”What? You think I’m kidding?Now, I realize that $10 can’t buy you love, but I’m here to tell you that DDSS mug ownership could have bought us a Super Bowl championship. Put another way, owning a Don’t Do Stupid Stuff mug can change the course of human history. Now, c’mon, that is worth a sawbuck. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor.last_img read more

Condé Nast to Launch NewsstandOnly Special Editions

first_imgWhile special editions have traditionally been solid performers on the newsstand—leveraging a long shelf life and high price points—the retail environment has been less than cooperative. In the last two years, annual unit sales of audited publications are down 23 percent. In January, Meredith scaled back its special interest publications from 150 to 90, citing the recession’s impact on home improvement projects. Condé  Nast has announced that it will be launching “up to six” newsstand-only special editions starting later this summer. The specials will be published under the Bon Appetit, Glamour, GQ, The New Yorker and Vogue brands.According to the company, the editions will leverage the magazine brands, but will focus on specific content verticals or features—such as Glamour’s Dos & Donts franchise. Glamour will also be the first special edition, hitting the stands in August, says a spokesperson.The specials will be priced in the $9.99 to $12.99 range, the spokesperson says.last_img read more

Audi teases sharp AIme design study for Shanghai Motor Show

first_img 0 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan More From Roadshow Concept Cars Autonomous Vehicles Electric Cars Audi’s tradition of incorporating “AI” into the names of its futuristic concepts will continue at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show, with the addition of the AI:me design study.Audi on Tuesday released a set of teaser sketches for the AI:me design study concept, ahead of its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Motor Show on April 15. Audi didn’t offer up too many details, saying only that it shows off Audi’s idea of an automated car for “the megacities of tomorrow.”Its intended purpose is evident in its design. The wheels are stretched as far to the extremes of the body as possible, both longitudinally and latitudinally, leaving oodles of space for its occupants. It doesn’t stray too far from Audi’s design language, though, retaining some semblance of a grille and a set of headlights that look like they could have come from any recent Audi concept.Enlarge ImageThe grille is a dead giveaway that it’s an Audi. But the rest of it? Not so much. Audi There’s a retractable steering wheel inside with a futuristic design that’s closer to an aviation yoke than a traditional steering wheel. Audi made generous use of wood in the cockpit, and it’s offset with leather and other materials, in addition to a series of small screens integrated in the door panels. Looking forward, there’s a single screen that seems to occupy nearly the entire width of the dashboard.Audi’s “AI” concepts are all pretty wild in different ways. The Aicon concept was a wildly styled autonomous EV with 500 miles of range and its own drone, and it did away with traditional headlights and taillights. And then there’s the spongeworthy Elaine concept, which relied a little less on autonomy and carried a more traditiona shape akin to Audi’s Sportback ImageIf only interesting steering wheels were able to graduate to production. Silly regulations… Audi 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs More about 2019 Audi Q8 Post a comment Tags Review • 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Share your voice Preview • 2019 Audi Q8: Cross-country tech titan Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Audi Audi 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the rooflast_img read more

Our land identity and history stolen in broad daylight

first_imgNew Delhi: Former IAS officer Shah Faesal on Tuesday has dubbed the government’s move to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and autonomy as an unprecedented horror. Faesal, who formed the Jammu and Kashmir’s People’s Movement after resigning last year, said Kashmiris were heartbroken and after the Centre’s decision “stole their land, identity and history in broad daylight”. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us In a tweet, he said, “A sense of defeat written on every face. Fall. From citizens to subjects. History has taken a catastrophic turn for all of us. People are numb. A people whose land, identity, history, was stolen, in broad day light.” Faesal was placed house arrest two days ago, along with former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti as the government imposed a total crackdown on movement and communication to prevent any potential unrest as a fallout of the move. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has demanded the withdrawal of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s petition that sought UN intervention in Kashmir. In a tweet, Swamy termed the petition as ‘illegal’ since it had been filed by Nehru without cabinet approval. Swamy said that he assumed that cabinet approval for UN intervention in Kashmir was not taken because Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was still alive then and would have blocked it. Advertise With Us Prime Minister Nehru had appealed to the UN Security Council through the petition filed in January 1948 following the outbreak of the first war between India and Pakistan. On the basis of this petition, the Security Council had established the UN Commission for India and Pakistan to mediate between the two countries. “Now Namo Govt must withdraw the Petition filed by Nehru in the UNSC seeking UN intervention in Kashmir. The Petition was filed without Cabinet approval hence illegal,” tweeted Swamy.last_img read more

Nayan Bonds patronised by police politicians

first_imgSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond. File PhotoSabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, main accused of Rifat Sharif murder and killed in an alleged gunfight with police, created a criminal gang ‘Group 007’ under the patronisation of police and politicians. Nayan’s relatives and local politicians have said this. Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said Nayan did not become ‘Nayan Bond’ in a day. An influential quarter created Nayan Bond to use him, she said.Shahida, however, did not talk about the influential quarter.Nayan Bond and his criminal gang ‘Group 007’ came up in the discussions after Rifat was hacked to death in broad daylight in Barguna town on 26 June and the video footage of the murder went viral.Prime accused Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond was killed in what police called a gunfight with them in Barguna’s Burirchar on 2 July.But questions haunt Barguna people as to who are behind the rise of Nayan Bond.According to an investigation of Prothom Alo, Sunam Debnath, Barguna district Awami League unit science and technology affairs secretary, patronised Nayan Bond. Sunam is also the son of Dhirendra Debnath Shombhu, a member of parliament (MP) from Barguna-1 constituency. Shawon Talukdar and Abhijit Talukdar, two brothers-in-law of Sunam Debnath, were directly involved in different criminal activities committed by Nayan.Nayan built good relations with local police. He maintained regular contacts with at least six officers of Barguna Sadar police station and Detective Branch (DB) of police. Before becoming a small criminal, Nayan had a relation with police. He was also a so-called informant of police. In different criminal activities in the town, he got support from police. Alongside a number of police officers, politicians patronised him. Through this, he and his gang established supremacy in the entire town. None talked against them out of fear.“A group of youth does not become desperate naturally. It requires backing. There is no scope to spare those who gave them shelter,” Barguna district AL joint general secretary Motaleb Mridha said to Prothom Alo.Nayan’s mother Shahida Begum said Nayan was a good student at his boyhood. He got scholarships in class V and VIII. After the death of his father, a bank official in 2007, Nayan lost his interest in studies.Noor Hossain, a close friend of Nayan, said his love affair severed after the death of his father and he started taking cannabis. Before passing SSC, he was addicted to yaba and heroine in 2011. Then, he got involved in petty crimes including snatching cell phones and ornaments, he added. On 7 July 2011, a case was filed against Nayan on charges of snatching ornaments from a female student who was going to school.In 2017, he formed a criminal gang and controlled drug trade in the town. He opened a Facebook ID Nayan Bond. Members of his gang added Bond in their names too. On condition of anonymity, a councillor of Barguna municipality told Prothom Alo that he handed over Nayan to police when he (Nayan) went to a saw mill for extortion. As Nayan made a phone call, Sunam Debnath appeared on the spot. By the time, police took away Nayan in a pickup van. The councillor came to know later that Sunam helped Nayan get released from police van before it reached police station.Sunam Debnath was not available over phone for comments.A number of youths, who are involved in drug trade and criminal activities in Barguna town said Nayan was the informant of three DB officials including assistant sub inspector Khairul Hasan. Verifying the call list of Nayan, his contact with Khairul Hasan has been confirmed. When asked, Khairul said, “I had no contact with Nayan.” About Nayan Bond’s role as police informant, Barguna superintendent of police Maruf Hossain said, “The informant of police is a secret matter. The police officials are not compelled to disclose who their informant is.” Nayan’s mother Shahida Akhter said her son had a contact with police.This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Trump GOP Leaders Strain For MigrantKids Solution

first_img Share APHilla Holappa, 1, reaches up to her mother Erika Holappa, of Washington, during a protest of the separation of immigrant families, at the start of at joint House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing examining the Inspector Generals’ report of the FBI’s Clinton email probe, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the southern border.And it’s uncertain if Trump’s support will be enough to push any legislation through the divided GOP majority.GOP lawmakers, increasingly fearful of a voter backlash in November, met with Trump for about an hour at the Capitol to try to find a solution that both holds to Trump’s hard-line immigration policy and ends the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally. Many lawmakers say Trump could simply reverse the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy and keep families together.While Trump held firm to his tough immigration stance in an earlier appearance Tuesday, he acknowledged during the closed-door meeting that the coverage of family separations is taking a toll. Trump said his daughter, Ivanka, had told him the situation with the families looks bad, one lawmaker said.APMexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso, right, listens to Carlos Manuel Sada, Undersecretary for North America, at a press conference in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The Mexican government is condemning the separation of children from families on the U.S. border. Videgaray said that the country does not promote illegal migration, but it “cannot remain indifferent in the face of something that clearly represents a violation of human rights.” (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)“He said, ‘Politically, this is bad,’” said Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas. “It’s not about the politics, this is the right thing to do.”But Trump touched on many topics during the meeting, including his historic meeting with the North Korean Kim Jong Un. He praised a few GOP lawmakers by name for defending him on TV, according to one Republican in the room. And he took a jab at Rep. Mark Sanford, congratulating the South Carolina Republican on his recent campaign, according to others granted anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Sanford, a frequent Trump critic, lost after his GOP primary opponent highlighted his criticism of the president.As Trump walked out of the session in the Capitol basement, he was confronted by about a half-dozen House Democrats, who yelled, “Stop separating our families!”Leaders in both the House and Senate are struggling to shield the party’s lawmakers from the public outcry over images of children taken from migrant parents and held in cages at the border. But they are running up against Trump’s shifting views on specifics and his determination, according to advisers, not to look soft on his signature immigration issue, the border wall.Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., said Trump told lawmakers he “would continue to support the legislation, and that people shouldn’t be worried that he would change his mind.” She said it was a light moment. “Everybody laughed.”Even if Republicans manage to pass an immigration bill through the House, which is a tall order, the fight is all but certain to fizzle in the Senate.Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader from New York, is adamant that Trump can end the family separations on his own and that legislation is not needed.Without Democratic support, Republicans cannot muster the 60 votes needed to move forward on legislation.Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it’s Republicans “feeling the heat on this issue, and that’s why they’re squirming.”In the House, GOP leaders scrambled Tuesday to produce a revised version of the broader immigration bill that would keep children in detention longer than now permitted — but with their parents.The major change unveiled Tuesday would loosen rules that now limit the amount of time minors can be held to 20 days, according to a GOP source familiar with the measure. Instead, the children could be detained indefinitely with their parents.The revision would also give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to use $7 billion in border technology funding to pay for family detention centers, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and commented only on condition of anonymity.In the Senate, meanwhile, Republicans are rallying behind a different approach. Theirs is narrow legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow detained families to stay together in custody while expediting their hearings and possible deportation proceedings.Cruz’s bill would double the number of federal immigration judges, authorize new temporary shelters to house migrant families and limit the processing of asylum cases to no more than 14 days — a goal immigrant advocates say would be difficult to meet.“While cases are pending, families should stay together,” tweeted Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters he’s reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan backing.The family separation issue boiled over Tuesday at a House hearing on an unrelated subject, when protesters with babies briefly shut down proceedings.Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, pleaded with Republicans on the panel to “stand up” to Trump.Under the administration’s current policy, all unlawful crossings are referred for prosecution — a process that moves adults to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and sends many children to facilities run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation.More than 2,300 minors were separated from their families at the border from May 5 through June 9, according to the Department of Homeland Security.The national outcry has roiled midterm election campaigns, emboldening Democrats while putting Republicans on the defensive.Top conservatives, including key Trump allies, have introduced bills to keep the migrant families together. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said he has introduced a measure that “becomes a backup proposal” if others fail.The House is to vote later this week on two bills that address broader immigration issues to protect young immigrant “Dreamers,” who have been living in the U.S. illegally since childhood, from deportation and fund Trump’s border wall.But outlook for passage is dim. One conservative measure is expected to fail. And it’s unclear if Trump’s backing will help the compromise legislation that GOP leaders negotiated with moderate Republicans. Rep. Steve Scalise of Lousiana, the GOP whip, told reporters he thought it had enough support to pass. Votes are expected Thursday.Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa.,a member of the House Freedom Caucus, says he doesn’t like compromise bill “because it’s all compromising in one direction.”Perry was not at the meeting with Trump, but said he doubts the president’s words will affect his position.“Well, good for him, but he’s not running for Congress.”last_img read more

Policy Institute Searches for Better Ways to Keep DC Residents Safe

first_imgThe Justice Policy Institute in Northwest D.C. is advocating a different approach to addressing violence within the community.Marc Schindler, executive director for the institute, a national research and policy organization that works on juvenile and justice issues, told the AFRO on Dec. 8, “It is really impossible to have a conversation about community safety without talking about the all too easy access to fire arms.” He explained the District is a city where firearms are easy to obtain which leads to more violent and often fatal crimes.Other than addressing the issue of gun control, the institute advocates for providing opportunities to young adults and families rather than relying on the aid of police officers.“Too often in poor communities and in communities of color, the first responders are law enforcement.” Schindler said, emphasizing that he would rather a medical agency respond to a crime that involved someone suffering from a mental health disorder then the police department.So the institute encourages policies that could lead to safer communities like having more counselors in the school system. He said the government should spend less money on policing schools and more resources to, “have people respond that are trained to deal with youth behavioral problems.”Although organizations like Justice Policy Institute are trying to prevent misconduct, there is still a surge of aggressive crimes throughout the area, such as the rising number of homicides within the District. According to Metropolitan Police Department, the homicide count is 152 as of Dec. 8, a 58.3 percent rise from the 96 last year.Violent crimes in the area also include a recent wave of armed robberies that occurred over the weekend in Northwest D.C. Police are searching for the group of suspects as concerns for neighborhood safety grow amongst residents.The victims in the assaults in Northwest were not physically harmed, but a Southeast victim, Kwaza K. Blue, 20, died Dec. 5 after being shot.Lauren Poteat contributed to this article.last_img read more

Instagrams Latest Bug Might Alter Your Followers

first_imgThis instagram issue has really shown me how people obsess over a number for validation — Hazel Fitzpatrick (@hfitz97) February 13, 2019Instagram’s latest bug follows its recent efforts to curb spammy activity: In November, the social media app said it would begin removing fake comments, follows, and likes from accounts that use third-party apps to increase followers, The Verge reported. However, it’s not likely that the bug stemmed from this initiative.Visit Instagram’s Help Center for more information on troubleshooting and account privacy tips.More on Messaging Might Be Coming to Your DesktopVideo of Instagram Model Bitten by Wild Pig Goes ViralInstagram to Hide Self-Harm Images Behind ‘Sensitivity Screens’ Has Instagram got some sort of a bug? I lost close to 13 people I was following there! On their own!!Anyone else notice?— richa singh (@richa_singh) February 13, 2019 Adorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on InstagramFree Area 51 Aliens ‘Training’ Video Takes Over Instagram Stay on target Did the number of followers change on your Instagram? If so, you’re not alone: The social media app reported that a bug is to blame for this weird occurrence.On Wednesday, some Instagram users noticed that their follower counts had dramatically decreased, TechCrunch reported. After many users complained about their accounts, Instagram posted an update on Twitter and said that it’s working on fixing the bug. Instagram didn’t provide any other repair updates.We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now. We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.— Instagram (@instagram) February 13, 2019AdChoices广告“We’re aware of an issue that is causing a change in account follower numbers for some people right now,” Instagram wrote on Twitter. “We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”Some Twitter followers were confused about the bug and asked other people if they were experiencing the same problems.why did I just lose over half a million followers @instagram wyd sis— James Charles (@jamescharles) February 13, 2019last_img read more