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Global refugee numbers reach new high US and Canada take in record

first_imgOTTAWA – On a day when newly released data showcased in tangible numbers the stark realities of the growing global refugee crisis, the United States — long considered a haven for the oppressed — doubled down on anti-migrant rhetoric while Canada struck a decidedly cautious tone.The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was released Tuesday, showing the worldwide total number of displaced people reached a record 68.5 million last year, due to global wars, violence and persecution.In 2017 alone, more than 16 million people were newly displaced.The statistics also show Canada became the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers, more than doubling the number of claims in a single year at 47,800.And for the first time in five years, the United States became the largest recipient of new asylum applications with more than 330,000 claims lodged in 2017 — a 27 per cent jump from the year before.But U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that asylum seekers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are not welcome in America.In a speech Tuesday, Trump accused many of these migrants of being child and human smugglers who try to “game the system,” invoking references to the notorious international criminal gang MS-13 attacking children with knives, not guns, “because it’s much more painful.”“And we’re allowing these people into our country? Not with me. We’re taking them out by the thousands,” Trump said.The Trump administration has come under fire for its so-called zero-tolerance policy, in which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children. The children are being detained in guarded, fenced enclosures, prompting widespread condemnation and protest.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called upon to lend his voice to the chorus of condemnation, but so far Trudeau has demurred.On Monday he would only say he would not “play politics” on the issue, and he did not attend question period in the House of Commons on Tuesday.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale largely repeated comments made Monday, in which they said they found the images of children being torn from the arms of their parents and kept in cage-like detention areas “troubling.”Transport Minister Marc Garneau went a step further, saying the situation involving child migrants in the U.S. is “simply unacceptable.”But it wasn’t far enough for NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan. She wants Trudeau to “state the obvious – that the United States is no longer a safe country for migrant children.”“Canadians are calling for action. It is about lives, real lives, real people, real children being subjected to torture,” she said.“Canada must not be complicit in this inhumane treatment of children. Will the prime minister find the courage and suspend the safe third country agreement?”Hussen repeated that Canada is monitoring the changes in U.S. immigration policy and what effects it will have on asylum seekers in the United States.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel, who formerly has been critical of the Trudeau government’s approach to irregular border crossers in Canada, seemed to support this more measured approach Tuesday.“The safe third country agreement when it was negotiated included very strict objective criteria that are constantly monitored by government to ensure that the U.S. remains a safe third country,” she said.“I think it’s very important for us as a country to make that determination based on that objective criteria rather than political media reports.”Antonia Rodriguez, a delegate of the UN Refugee Agency and an advocate for child refugees and the rights of children, says the U.S. child migrant policy is “inhumane.”“Being inside a family and being separated and caged, it’s terrible. It cannot be accepted by the international community and we have to do something,” she said.She believes Canada should explore the possibility of taking more refugees than it currently accepts.Global trends indicate that new, more collaborative solutions are needed to ensure countries and communities aren’t left alone to deal with influxes of migrants, said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach,” he said.“No one becomes a refugee by choice, but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help.”Meanwhile, the Trump administration announced late Tuesday it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to an alleged bias against Israel — this move coming just one day after the human rights chief of the council called the U.S. child migrant policy “unconscionable.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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Trace Adkins Launches Hard Rock Limited Edition Red Cross Pin

first_imgThis week, country superstar and American Red Cross spokesman, Trace Adkins, visited Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA to reveal a new partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross and Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross pin.Trace Adkins launches a partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross in support of American Red Cross MonthCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APHard Rock’s limited-edition pin features the globally recognized Red Cross logo embedded in Hard Rock’s signature guitar. It will be available online at www.hardrock.com, as well as in US cafe, hotel and casino locations, with 15% of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Adkins revealed Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross Pin, with a portion of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Credit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APTrace Adkins, center, appears with Red Cross representatives Boo Gonzalez, Jackie Nelson, Selma Bouhl, and Hard Rock representative, John PasqualeCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APlast_img read more

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PM Trudeau to speak in Calgary on oil market access

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is hoping the Prime Minister has some answers as to why there was next to no mention of dealing with the Western Select oil price differential issue in Wednesday’s economic update.Trudeau is in Calgary on Thursday in order to make a few stops. Trudeau will be making an affordable housing announcement, speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, talking with energy leaders along with Energy Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and meeting with Mayor Naheed Nenshi.Finance Minister Bill Morneau made a short mention that the oil and gas sector was suffering on Wednesday, but nothing more.Chamber President and CEO Sandip Lalli said this deserves as much attention as several other sectors received in the report.“The sense of urgency to address that oil price differential that’s costing Canadians $80-million a day, I mean it’d be great to address that with the same sense of urgency that the federal government has addressed other sectors in other regions of the country.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to speak at the Chamber of Commerce about market access.last_img read more

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Under new federal rules what are environmental effects Prosperity panel asks

VANCOUVER – A federal review panel weighing the future of a stalled gold and copper mine in the B.C. Interior is wondering just what, exactly, the panel is supposed to be assessing in the wake of federal changes to the environmental assessment process.The billion-dollar New Prosperity mine proposed by Taseko Mines Ltd. (TSX:TKO) was already rejected once by a previous Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency panel, although it received provincial approval.The company changed the plan for the mine near Williams Lake, B.C., and the revised project was referred to the federal agency for assessment in November 2011.Then, last year the Conservative government made changes to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and last August Environment Minister Peter Kent amended the terms of reference for the panel.Those changes were to “clarify the reporting requirements to ensure the panel’s report identifies those conclusions and recommended mitigation measures that relate to the ‘environmental effects’ to be taken into account…,” Kent said in a letter to the panel.But it appears they do anything but.The definition of “environmental effects” is different in the new terms of reference than it is under the new act.In a March 4 letter to the federal environmental assessment agency, the panel asked which definition should guide their review.The difference could be significant.Jay Nelson, the lawyer for the Tsilhqot’in National Government, said the old definition was broad but the new definition lists specific areas for consideration.“The whole point of this second review is meant to see whether the company has really addressed these fairly substantial cultural and environmental impacts,” Nelson said.“Now the company is arguing that this new panel shouldn’t be able to look at the same environmental effects that the original panel did, that it’s range in narrower … If that’s the case, it calls into questions the whole purpose of this second review.”For example, the original panel found the project could have significant impact on grizzly bears.“Nobody knows the exact scope of this new definition, so it’s hard to say with certainty what’s in and what’s out.” Nelson said. “When we look at the new definition, it’s not clear that that definition captures impacts on grizzly bears or any other wildlife, for that matter.”The company, in submissions to the panel, said the amended act clearly limits the effects to be considered and it is “absurd” to contend that the minister can supersede that definition.The discrepancy is “simply an oversight,” said a letter sent last month to the panel by Karl Gustafson, Taseko’s lawyer.“We believe that the minister has no legal authority, by establishing terms of reference, to effectively override the statutory definition of ‘environmental effects’ for the purposes of an environmental assessment under CEAA 2012,” the letter said.“Moreover, we do not believe that there is any indication that the minister ever intended to do so.”Groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government, Amnesty International and Mining Watch Canada urged the panel to consider the broader environmental effects that led the first panel to reject the mine.The primary reason for the failure of the original project was a plan to drain Fish Lake, a lake of cultural significance to local First Nations, for use as a tailings pond. The revised plan preserves the lake, but Ramsy Hart, of Mining Watch Canada, said there were other issues identified by the first panel.“We feel very strongly that to fulfil its mandate, the panel needs to address the issues that were raised in the past process,” Hart said.Taseko said the mine 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake would create 550 direct jobs, and contribute $340 million in gross domestic product for B.C. annually. Over the 22-year life of the project, it would contribute more than $1 billion in government revenues.The company resubmitted its environmental impact statement last week. The panel has 235 days from the time the company submits the final environmental impact statement to issue its report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 4, 2013 1:47 pm MDT Under new federal rules, what are environmental effects? Prosperity panel asks read more

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Charles Barkley Doesnt Love Analytics But Analytics Sure Love Him

During TNT’s studio show following the Houston Rockets’ victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, Charles Barkley ripped Rockets GM Daryl Morey — and the NBA’s burgeoning advanced stats movement by extension — saying: “I’ve always believed analytics was crap. … I never mention the Rockets as legitimate contenders ’cause they’re not. And, listen, I wouldn’t know Daryl Morey if he walked into this room right now.”“The NBA is about talent,” Barkley added. “All these guys who run these organizations who talk about analytics, they have one thing in common — they’re a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school, and they just want to get in the game.”The debate over using advanced metrics in sports is nothing new, and Barkley’s comments aren’t out of place with what baseball traditionalists were saying after “Moneyball” was published more than a decade ago. But what I found humorous in Barkley’s remarks is that there are no greater champions of Barkley’s legacy as a player than proponents of advanced metrics.As Will Leitch pointed out, Barkley’s sentiments echo those of baseball’s Joe Morgan, the player-turned-broadcaster who famously hated sabermetrics despite posting numbers that statheads could only drool over.Yes, Barkley is well-regarded by the establishment — he is a Hall of Famer, after all. But his career has been dogged by the criticism that weighs more on stars in the NBA than any other sport: He never won a championship. Fellow power forward Tim Duncan, on the other hand, has won five — and counting. Barkley also lacked the sheer stat totals of Karl Malone, another contemporary at the position, who came within 1,459 points of setting the NBA’s all-time scoring record. These time-honored considerations are what keep Barkley a distant third behind Duncan and Malone on most mainstream “Greatest Power Forward Ever” lists.Statheads, on the other hand, often decry the outsize role that championships have taken in assessing NBA players’ legacies and have little use for raw numerical accumulation. Instead, they marvel at numbers such as Barkley’s outrageous per-possession offensive efficiency rating, which is the highest ever among players who used as many possessions as he did.Malone may have outscored Barkley by 13,171 points (and Barkley even trails Malone in points per game), but according to more advanced metrics, there’s little doubt that Barkley was the better player. Over a common range of ages (22-36), Barkley was worth about 2.1 more points per 100 possessions to his team’s efficiency differential than Malone (in the estimation of Box Plus/Minus) and produced about 10 more wins of Value Over Replacement Player (VORP). For BPM nonbelievers, Barkley also leads in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares per 48 minutes.And as much respect as we have for Duncan, it’s not clear that he performed better in his prime than Barkley did, either. Over the same range of ages, Barkley leads Duncan in BPM — by a whopping 1.8 points per 100 possessions — VORP and WS/48. (Granted, Duncan’s PER does edge out Barkley, 24.7 to 24.6.)Now, Malone and Duncan each logged more minutes than Barkley — in Malone’s case, about 323 full, 48-minute games’ worth — and there’s value to be added in simply showing up and playing at a high level day in and day out. But when you look at the career leaderboard for VORP, which blends per-possession effectiveness with durability, Barkley outpaces Duncan and is within 9.0 units of Malone’s total despite the latter’s huge playing-time advantage.In other words, the advanced stats tend to hold Barkley in much higher esteem than the conventional wisdom does. Barkley may not care for analytics, but his legacy as a player would benefit from greater acceptance of the analytical point of view. read more

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Families plead for medicinal cannabis the NHS refuses to prescribe

Doctors are refusing to prescribe medicinal cannabis four months after the Government changed the law to help save children’s lives, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal. Families desperate for cannabis oil with a crucial active ingredient are being denied access by the NHS, even where individual specialist doctors wish to prescribe it. In one case, the mother of a seriously epileptic boy was wrongly told it was illegal for doctors to give her son the medicine she had asked for. The Government’s legalisation of cannabis to treat a small number of medical conditions took place in November after months of pressure from campaigners, many of whom had epileptic children. Since the change in legal status… read more

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex share quote from Princess Diana on random

They have amassed 9.3 million followers in less than a year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a quote from Princess Diana on ‘random acts of kindness’ to their social media account on Friday. The post read: ‘Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.’ The caption accompanied the post: ‘Words have the power to inspire, which is why we’re happy to share some of our favourite quotes,’ . ‘From members of the public to public figures, from teachers and students to young leaders, we begin with a quote from Diana, Princess of Wales.’The post was quickly praised by their followers with one commenting: ‘Your mum was one of a kind and left behind a legacy that generations to come will never have met her but still be inspired by her works.’Like you prince Harry, we saw what you saw in choosing Meghan because she also reminds us of your mum with her own heart focusing on the greater good. This broken society needs more random acts of kindness. Thank you for inspiring us.”She was an amazing person. It is wonderful to see her legacy carried forward,’ another wrote.Since launching their own independent account in April, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been active users on social media.  read more

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Murray Roberts Electrical and Control Systems cites focus on skill levels

first_imgMurray & Roberts Resources & Industrial and Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems, located within Murray & Roberts’ Energy & Industrial operating platform, is playing a major role in boosting skill levels in the South African construction industry. Both companies offer a total solutions approach in terms of electrical, instrumentation and mechanical engineering and construction.“The capacity and capability of our employees is fundamental to the strengths of our company and the larger role it plays in the South African construction industry,” Khanya Magudulela, Human Resources Manager for Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial, says. Both companies are actively involved with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) in meeting the growth and development targets of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (ASGISA).“It is our aim to be an employer of choice in the engineering and construction sectors, as this will enable us to deliver a world class service. This is also a direct reflection of our diverse and experienced workforce,” Amelia Phillip, Human Resources Manager for Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems, says.Both companies’ employee management approach is supported by policies, processes and frameworks that inculcate a culture which drives high performance while remaining compliant with all the necessary legislation and regulations. A key focus here is the companies’ proactive environmental management policy to minimise any potentially negative impacts.In terms of health and safety, STOP.THINK.ACT.24/7 is the Murray & Roberts Group’s global brand aimed at educating and motivating employees to take responsibility for their own and their colleagues’ safety at home and in the work environment. “Safety is a fundamental part of everything we do as a company. From the workplace to the job site, it is the responsibility of every single employee,” Phillip says.In addition, training and development remains a key focus, say both companies, to ensure that their employees are able to perform their duties effectively and safely, as well as helping them realise their individual potential. In this regard, specific programmes are offered by external service providers such as the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), with the aim of fostering leadership potential among employees.“Our Graduate Development Programme equips graduates with the people and management skills necessary to succeed in their careers. We also offer bursaries for students studying towards qualifications in the fields of engineering, quantity surveying and building/construction management,” Magudulela says. Phillip adds that the programme affords young people the opportunity to gain experience in their chosen field.“Skills are vital for sustainable development. However, skills development is not often sufficient in itself,” Phillip notes. In addition to the various skills development initiatives underway in both companies, its strategy also embraces enterprise development. “It is through enterprise development that we will ensure sustainability among developing contractors, which will lead to the creation of future employment.”Murray & Roberts Resources & Industrial focuses on engineering and construction aspects of structural, mechanical, plate work and piping solutions for the mining, minerals beneficiation and industrial market sectors. Murray & Roberts Electrical & Control Systems, on the other hand, focuses on the electrical and instrumentation engineering and construction projects in the same market sectors including the addition of the power and oil and gas markets.last_img read more

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Poll Do you make an effort to not buy fast fashion

first_img Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 9:35 AM YesNoI’m not sureVote CHEAP CLOTHING, SOMETIMES referred to as ‘fast fashion’, has a big environmental impact.Many people make an effort to recycle more and cut back on their carbon footprint, but they may not be as aware of the impact their clothing choices could have.As explained here, synthetic fibres don’t biodegrade and are derived from coal and petroleum products. Globally, people consume 80 billion new pieces of clothing each year – 400% more than 20 years ago.The production of fast fashion can also lead to worker exploitation, chemical pollution and depletion of natural resources.We want to know: Do you make an effort to not buy fast fashion? No (2911) Poll: Do you make an effort to not buy fast fashion? Cheap, disposable clothing has a big environmental impact. I’m not sure (896) Poll Results: 56 Comments Feb 27th 2018, 9:35 AM http://jrnl.ie/3874171 center_img Image: Shutterstock/MediaGroup_BestForYou Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 19,400 Views Image: Shutterstock/MediaGroup_BestForYou Yes (3921) By Órla Ryan Share8 Tweet Email last_img read more

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NASAs Whirlpool Galaxy views are totally trippy spacedout spirals

first_img Share your voice Tags In the second image, red veins appear to flow through the spiral arms of the galaxy. What you’re actually seeing are threads of dust that block visible light and just appear as empty space in the first image, but they glow red when seen through Spitzer’s infrared eye.  Making invisible clouds of dust and gas seen might not sound like the greatest trick in the world, but being able to see at different wavelengths helps astronomers pick up on the births and deaths of stars, among other cool things.  Spitzer’s super power has also revealed the largest of Saturn’s rings and even helps to spot small asteroids, a task that humanity can always use more help with, seeing as one just smashed into us last weekend.  NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images NASA Space Whirlpool Review • Samsung Galaxy View review: Biggest Samsung tablet ever, smallest TV in your house Sci-Tech Four different views of the same spot on the other side of the universe.  NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is able to see parts of space that are literally invisible – to our puny human eyes, that is.  The above quadriptych of images shows the same thing: the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51 or NGC 5194/5195, but at different wavelengths.  Keep in mind that there are different kinds of light and what our eyes can see is referred to as visible light, but using a device like Spitzer that can also see infrared light can make invisible features visible. It’s basically the same as night vision, but in this case it’s space vision.The view on the far left above shows the Whirlpool Galaxy as your eyes would likely see it. In this case the image was taken by a telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. But the two images on the right side show what it looks like when Spitzer isolates different infrared wavelengths from the galaxy. Combine infrared and visual light and you get the image marked (b), providing arguably the most complete picture of the galaxy. NASA shared all four of the images side-by-side for comparison on Wednesday. 15 Photos Samsung Galaxy View Preview • Samsung goes big on tablets with the 18-inch Galaxy View; starts at $599 from November 6 (hands-on) 0 Post a commentlast_img read more

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Body of 1 terrorist recovered in JKs Baramulla encounter

first_imgBaramulla: Body of one terrorist was recovered after an encounter between terrorists and security forces in Boniyar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday. The operation has now concluded. The identity of the terrorist is yet to be ascertained. This comes after the body of a terrorist was recovered by security forces after an encounter took place on June 11 in Bomai area of Sopore in Baramulla district. The encounter broke out between terrorists and the troops of 177, 179 and 92 Battalion of CRPF, SOG Sopore, 22 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).last_img read more

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TRS leader Gutha Sukender Reddy takes oath as MLC

first_imgTRS leader Gutha Sukender Reddy who was elected as MLC under MLA quota has taken oath today in the presence of the MLAs and ministers. Legislative council vice-chairman N Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath to Sukender Reddy. Ministers Prashanth Reddy, Jagdish Reddy, Nirajan Reddy and MPs and MLAs were present at the ceremony.last_img

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15 small airports planned across Karnataka as state looks to boost air

first_imgAirport [Representational Image]TwitterThe Karnataka government is planning to expand air connectivity in the state by developing at least 15 small airports. The state government officials have been holding talks with the Airports Authorities of India (AAI) to expedite the process of developing the airports that are in accordance with the civil aviation ministry’s policy to support regional air connectivity.According to reports, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up by the Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (KSIIDC) and AAI for the development of these airports. However, the locations of the new airports have not been ascertained yet. The move comes days after the new cabinet approved the development of a greenfield airport at Shivamogga, the hometown of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, at a cost of Rs 38 crore.The state government also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the AAI on Saturday (August 24) for the development, operation and maintenance of Kalaburagi airport. AAI signed an MoU with the Govt. of Karnataka for taking over Kalaburgi Airport.TwitterThe MoU was signed between Karnataka Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (KSIIDC), on behalf of the state government, and AAI in the presence of Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar, Kalaburagi MP Umesh Jadhav and others at Vidhana Soudha.Yediyurappa had submitted a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his availability in September for the inauguration of the project. The decision to construct new airports has not been welcomed by many, as questions regarding the airports that are still not utilised – Mysuru, Hubbali and Belagavi airports have been raised.But the move may breathe life into airport projects in Yelahanka, Kushalnagar, Chikkamagaluru, Karwar, Harihar, Ammasandra, Koppal, Ballari, Bidar, Hospet, Hassan, Jakkur, Kolar, Mysore (Mandacally), Raichur, Vidyanagar and Yadgiri, for which the state government had signed MoU in 2017.last_img read more

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Shamim Osman meets SP Harun

first_imgNarayanganj-4 lawmaker Shamim Osman takes lunch sitting beside superintendent of police Harun-Ur-Rashid at a Pahela Baishakh event hosted in SP Bungalow. Photo: Prothom AloWhile tension continues with the law enforcers, Narayanganj-4 lawmaker Shamim Osman attended a Pahela Baishakh event hosted by superintendent of police Mohammad Harun-Ur-Rashid.SP Harun welcomed Shamim Osman to his bungalow and they had lunch together on Sunday.Narayanganj district Awami League president Abdul Hai, public prosecutor Wazed Ali Khokon, chamber of commerce and industries president Khaled Haider Khan Kajal also joined the lunch.Earlier on 6 April, Shamim Osman allegedly threatened Harun as the police officer launched a drive against drug dealers and terrorists.Some associates of Osman were arrested at the crackdown.Criticising police for filing general diary against Narayanganj city Awami League’s joint secretary Shah Nizam and filing a case against Osman’s brother in law Titu, the lawmaker said, ‘People don’t want to see uniformed terrorists,’ apparently indicating Harun.Harun in the same day organised a press briefing and vowed to continue the drive against drug dealers, terrorists and land grabbers.“We will not spare the criminals, no matter how powerful they are,” Harun told the press briefing.Harun even submitted a written complaint to the home ministry against Shamim Osman.The conflict between Narayanganj police and Shamim Osman is the talk of the town at this moment.Osman, a powerful leader of Narayanganj AL was at loggerheads with the police since Harun joined as district SP on 26 December last year.last_img read more

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National Math Festival

first_imgThe National Math Festival returns to Washington, D.C. on April 22. The event will be held at the Walter E. WashingtonConvention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The free and public event brings together some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time to inspire and challenge participants to see math in new and exciting ways. Through a day of lectures, hands-on activities, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, children’s book readings, and more, the National Math Festival will bring out the unexpected sides of mathematics for everyone, from toddlers to adults of all ages. The National Math Festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath).  The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, visit nationalmathfestival.org.last_img read more

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Lets Look Inside ThinkGeek Capsule 2

first_img The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat Stay on target ThinkGeek just sent out its second ThinkGeek Capsule, the company’s answer to Loot Crate (and the countless other subscription boxes out there). And, much like the first ThinkGeek Capsule, Capsule #2 is pretty strong! Even if it’s only called “Capsule #2” and still doesn’t have any specific theme to it besides geek merch. ThinkGeek sent us Capsule #2, which we opened up to check out what’s inside.Inside the box is another box with an ampersand that will look familiar to any tabletop nerds out there. It’s a Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt and patch set. The t-shirt shows a D20 in front of fantasy gear with the message “Born Lucky,” and the patch is a red D20. The patch is adhesive, not iron-on so that you can slap it onto anything.Game of Thrones is back and in its last two seasons, and dragon/wolf/Hodor references are still running hot. Capsule #2 comes with a piece of canvas art of one of four sigils from the show. I got House Targaryen. While it is “canvas,” the material seems to be a very thick paper rather than cloth, and isn’t quite as sturdy-looking as I would have hoped. It’s nice, though, and on a wood frame you can hang up.Even if you think Vulcans suck, which they do, their planet looks pretty rad. Which is why Capsule #2 includes a copy of the Vulcan Travel Guide, a hardcover book highlighting the different places you can visit on Vulcan. It even comes with four postcards. Not bad, for a planet full of uptight self-important hyper-ascetics.I gotta level with you, I have no idea what coloring has to do with the Hulk, but here’s a set of Incredible Hulk colored pencils and some black-and-white mini-posters you can color. Well, our box included Incredible Hulk pencils and posters, but the capsule could have included anyone from Marvel or DC.Once again the ThinkGeek Capsule includes a Pinz collectible pin. This month’s theme is Starstuff, and I got a happy ringed planet badge. They’re nice pins; metal and enamel. They are similar to Loot Crate’s monthly pins.If you got the previous ThinkGeek Capsule, you also got a bonus Doctor Who Funko Pop keychain. That’s like three different things, and I like one of them! You can get either the Fourth Doctor or Twelfth Doctor, both of which equipped with creepy Funko Pop tiny beady-ass eyes and no expression.And, finally, Capsule #2 includes another ThinkGeek mystery promo code. Like the code included with Capsule #1, this code can be worth $5 to $100 credit on ThinkGeek.The ThinkGeek Capsule #2 is still pretty strong, and worth the $29.99 total price tag for all the stuff you get in it. I wasn’t as wowed by it as I was by the first capsule, but that’s because I’m not a big fan of Game of Thrones and think Vulcans suck. It still comes with a great shirt and a bunch of other fun things, and stands as a strong rival to Loot Crate’s monthly crates.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Passengers of private bus beat up ASI after altercation

first_imgKolkata: A police official was allegedly assaulted by four passengers of a private bus while he was returning from his duty on Saturday afternoon. The victim, Ashoke Das (54), an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Bhowanipore police station is a resident of Block AF, Sector 1 in Salt Lake. The police have arrested all the four accused.According to police sources, around 12.30 in the afternoon, when Das was travelling towards his residence in a private bus of route 215A, he stamped on the feet of another passenger when he was pushed by someone in the crowded bus. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe passenger at the receiving end abused Das and when he tried to offer an explanation, a heated exchange of words ensued. The passenger, who was accompanied by three of his friends, soon joined the altercation and when the bus reached the stoppage near Ultadanga railway station, the four beat him up. The cop was rescued by other passengers and the patrolling police intervened. A team from Maniktala police station reached the spot and caught the four passengers. The injured cop was taken to Maniktala ESI Hospital where he was discharged after treatment. The cop has sustained head injuries though it is not serious. The Maniktala police station has started a probe. The arrested have been identified as Rabindra Agarwal, Sujit Singh, Kumar Bairagya and Prakash Singh — all residents of Howrah.last_img read more

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Rumor New MacBook Pro to Ditch Regular USB Ports

first_img Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read October 24, 2016 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Rumors that Apple will launch a new MacBook Pro at the end of October gained steam today thanks to blog reports that the upcoming laptop will ditch standard USB ports in favor of USB-C.Citing information from Japanese blog Macotakara, the Boy Genius Report claims that Apple will only include the next-generation connectors, which are also found on the MacBook.That notebook includes just a single USB-C port and a headphone jack, to the consternation of early adopters who had to buy adapters for their conventional USB peripherals when it first appeared on the 2015 version. But more than a year later, USB-C is much more prevalent, showing up on smartphones, tablets and laptops, as well as hard drives and other peripherals.Still, the svelte, gold-colored MacBook is a niche product compared to the more workaday MacBook Pro, which is favored by mobile videographers and photographers who often tote many external drives. So ditching traditional ports on the next MacBook Pro would likely raise as many eyebrows as the iPhone 7’s lack of a headphone jack.Macotakara’s report also suggests there will be no dedicated MagSafe charging port on the MacBook Pro. As with the MacBook, recharging the battery would be accomplished through a USB-C power cable.The new MacBook Pro and a minor MacBook Air refresh are reportedly coming on Oct. 27. Adding fuel to that fire, Apple recently changed the date of its fourth quarter earnings call, moving it from Oct. 27 to Oct. 25 because Oct. 27 had turned into a “scheduling conflict.”The MacBook Pro and MacBook Air have gone a relatively long time without major updates, prompting some Mac fans to question whether Apple is planning to abandon its notebook line. In September, a concerned user reached out to CEO Tim Cook via email to ask if the Cupertino tech giant is “pulling away from the Mac line.” Surprisingly, Cook responded, assuaging those concerns.”I love the Mac and we are very committed to it. Stay tuned,” he wrote in the message, which was obtained by MacRumors. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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1966 Indian plane wreckage found in Alpine glacier

first_imgThe Indian Embassy in Paris confirmed the discovery but gave no details.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) PARIS (AP) – As the Alpine glacier melted, a curious discovery emerged after decades beneath the ice: a plane wheel, a shoe _ and an intact pouch of Indian diplomatic mail from 1966.It all appears to be part of the wreckage from an Air India plane crash that hikers and a rescue worker found this week on the slopes beneath Mont Blanc.Rescuer Arnaud Christmann said the hikers alerted the tourist office in Chamonix that they had seen something beneath a glacier that looked like a wheel. He went to investigate and found pieces of the plane and “a gift from the mountain,” a bag containing Indian and English newspapers from 1966 and other documents, labeled “diplomatic mail.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishescenter_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

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Rep Barrett supports The Country Mill owners First Amendment rights

first_img Today in the state Capitol, a press conference was held to talk about a new federal lawsuit being filed by the Alliance for Defending Freedom on behalf of Steve Tennes and The Country Mill Farms. The Tennes family owns The Country Mill, a local family farm in Eaton County.The suit was filed against the city of East Lansing for being forced out of participation in the East Lansing Farmer’s Market after seven years of operation there. The apparent reason for their exclusion from the market was comments made on Steve’s Facebook page expressing his closely held religious beliefs. A 2017 policy change by the city and its refusal to allow The Country Mill to participate and serve all customers has led to this legal action.“I’m a strong supporter of the Tennes family and even stronger supporter of their First Amendment rights,” state Rep. Tom Barrett said. “I applaud their courage to bring this issue forward. Steve and Bridget did not ask for this battle, but I am proud to stand with them as they fight for religious freedom and free speech.”The Country Mill has a long-standing presence throughout the Mid-Michigan area and has been selling apples, blueberries, pumpkins and more for many years. Rep. Barrett, along with several other members of the House of Representatives and state Senate, stood in support of the family, their farm and their First Amendment rights.#### 31May Rep. Barrett supports The Country Mill owner’s First Amendment rights Categories: Barrett News,Newslast_img read more

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