Committee to probe BJP MPs charge of mosques on govt land

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi’s Minorities Commission has set up a five-member fact-finding committee to probe West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Verma’s claims that mosques are “mushrooming” on government land in the city. Verma recently wrote a letter to the Lt Governor Anil Baijal claiming there were around 100 such mosques located on government land and roadside and had sought action in this regard. The fact finding committee formed by Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) will be headed by social activist Owais Sultan Khan. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in Denmark”Delhi Minorities Commission has set up a fact-finding committee to probe the claim of the BJP MP from West Delhi, Parvesh Verma, about mushrooming of mosques on government land in Delhi, especially in his constituency. “Another BJP MP from Delhi Manoj Tiwari has made similar allegation about other areas of Delhi,” said DMC chairman Zafarul Islam Khan. Members of the fact finding committee are Gurmindar Singh Matharu, Dr Denzil Fernandes, Ankur Otto and Raees Ahmad. The committee will visit various areas, specially West Delhi and complete its report within ten days, Khan said. “Illegal construction on government land is an old problem in Delhi but making it an issue of a certain religious community is wrong,” he said. The way this issue has been raised it appears to be an effort to build an atmosphere “against a certain community” which is not acceptable, he added.last_img read more

Aurobinda Setu to remain shut for health checkup

first_imgKolkata: Aurobinda Setu will be closed from August 22 night till August 25 night for load capacity test.Kolkata Traffic Police has made elaborate arrangements for smooth traffic flow during this period. According to police, to avoid congestion during diversion through CIT Road, it has been decided that movement of tram along CIT Road up to Bidhannagar Road railway Station will be suspended. Vehicles moving towards Khanna from Ultadanga will be diverted from Muchibazar via Southern side at Grade Road (Kabirajbagan Lane), Canal East Road, Canal West Road, Nirad Bihari Mallick Street, R.D.Street and Aurobinda Sarani to reach Khanna Crossing. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaUltadanga-bound vehicles coming from Khanna crossing will be diverted from Ultadanga Main Road and R D Street Crossing via Ultadanga Road, Canal West Road, Canal East Road, northern side at Grade Road (Arif Road) to reach Ultadanga Main Road in order to reach Ultadanga. Buses from routes 201, S-21, KB-16, New Town to Dankuni, AC-35, 32A, Bagbazar to Garia, Haroa to Dankuni, 91C, Paikpara to Garia, Belurmath to Garia, Dakshineswar to Naktala, Dankuni to Kamalgazi, JM-2 and Shyambazar to Polerhat will be diverted from Shyambazar Five Point Crossing via R G Kar Road, Patipukur Underpass, Lake Town and VIP Road for to and fro journey. Buses from routes 215A, 215A/1, L-238, 44A, Salt Lake to Japani Gate, Tegharia to Howrah and Salt Lake to Tikiapara will be diverted from HUDCO Crossing via CIT Road, Kankurgachi, Manicktala Crossing and Vivekananda Road. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBuses from routes 30C/1, 217A, 217, KB-21, 46A and 260 will be diverted from HUDCO Crossing via CIT Road – Kankurgachi, Phoolbagan, Narkeldanga Main Road, Rajabazar, APC Road for their to and fro journey. Buses from routes KB-22, K-1 and 007 will be diverted from HUDCO crossing via Lake Town, Jessore Road, Patipukur Underpass, R G Kar Road, Kolkata Station/Shyambazar Five Point Crossing for their to and fro journey. Buses from route No 211, 211A, 211B and New Barrackpore to Howrah will be diverted from C R Avenue/Aurobinda Sarani Crossing via Jatindra Mohan Avenue, Bhupen Bose Avenue, Shyambazar Five Point Crossing, R G Kar Road, Patipukur Underpass and Jessore Road for their to and fro journey. Vidyapati Setu, commonly known as Sealdah flyover, was closed for vehicular movement since August 15 for the load capacity test by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. The flyover was opened for vehicular traffic on Sunday afternoon. During this period North Kolkata bound vehicles were diverted through S N Banrejee Road via Dorina Crossing, Central Avenue and Colootola Street. South Kolkata bound vehicles were diverted through Amherst Street via Bowbazar, Wellington and Lenin Sarani.last_img read more

In the news today Feb 25

first_imgThe Canadian Press Five stories in the news for Monday, Feb. 25———SINGH’S FATE IN HANDS OF BYELECTION VOTERSJagmeet Singh’s political fatem, and the fortunes of the New Democratic Party as a whole, are in the hands of voters today in a B.C. riding. The NDP leader is running for a seat in the House of Commons in Burnaby South, one of three federal byelections today. Many New Democrats believe it’s a do-or-die contest — that Singh cannot lead his party in this fall’s general election if he can’t get himself a seat in Parliament. Singh is hoping a victory will put to rest grumbling within the NDP about his underwhelming performance since being chosen leader almost 18 months ago.———CANADIANS DOMEE SHI, PAUL MASSEY WIN OSCARSToronto-raised director Domee Shi won her first Oscar for her animated short film “Bao.” Shi wrote and directed the Pixar production, about a Chinese-Canadian woman and her adorable little dumpling that miraculously comes to life. The eight-minute film is set in Toronto and features many of the city’s landmarks. Canadian sound engineer Paul Massey also won his first Oscar for his work on “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He won the trophy alongside Tim Cavagin and John Casali in the best sound mixing category.———REGULATING WILD FOOD SUGGESTED FOR NORTHA federal advisory group says northerners could get relief from sky-high grocery bills if Ottawa helped regulate and encourage the sale of food harvested from the land. In a report released today, the National Indigenous Economic Development Board recommends sweeping changes to how so-called country food is exchanged. It suggests everything from regulations on buying and selling to safety standards, and even marketing boards to explore potential sales outside the North. Inflated food prices have long been an issue across Canada’s far northern reaches.———INJURED HUMBOLDT BRONCO PLANNING ON THAILAND SURGERYInjured Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki has focused entirely on his recovery since he was paralyzed in last April’s deadly bus crash in Saskatchewan. Now his quest to heal is expected to take him to Thailand. Straschnitzki plans to undergo a surgical procedure on his spine that could restore some movement. The surgery, tentatively planned for April or May, would involve placing an epidural stimulation implant on his spine. Straschnitzki says he isn’t looking at it as a cure but says any improvement in his mobility would make his life better.———ABRUPT TRANSITION TO SPRING IN THE FORECASTThe Weather Network is predicting winter will continue to grip the country heading into March, but Canadians can expect an abrupt transition to spring. It says winter weather will persist for most of the country over the next three weeks, followed by a sudden turn to mild temperatures. But the network’s chief meteorologist says the sharp change in conditions doesn’t mean some colder days won’t briefly interrupt the spring weather. Chris Scott says B.C. will be the first province to get an extended taste of spring, and the Atlantic provinces will be the last.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to reporters ahead of debate on a motion to call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify at the Commons justice committee.— The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation releases a report on foreign buyers in the condo market.— Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council to be named in Edmonton.———last_img read more


first_imgThere’s no question the Charlemagne, Que.-born artist is having a moment. She just became the new face of L’oréal Paris, was the toast of Paris Fashion Week and has partnered with designers Nununu to create a gender-neutral clothing line for kids. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Powerhouse vocalist Céline Dion, seen in this 2016 photo, is getting ready to go back on the road. She’ll be embarking on a world tour and releasing new music later this year. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)center_img Advertisement Céline Dion is wrapping up her longtime residency in Las Vegas, but the pop icon says she’s heading into a “big” new chapter with a world tour starting in September.The Power of Love singer announced Wednesday during a live streamed performance at the Ace Hotel in L.A. that she’ll also be releasing a new album — likely in November — and counts Chandelier singer-songwriter Sia among the collaborators.“I feel I’m in charge of my life,” Dion told CBC News during a sit-down interview Wednesday in Los Angeles. “I’m 51 years old and I’m at the best of my gig.” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Mining stocks drive TSX lower on weak Chinese data

The Toronto stock market was lower Friday as mining stocks lost ground amid disappointing data from China.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 40.12 points to 13,554.07 as traders also looked ahead to the start of the U.S. fourth quarter earnings season next week.The Canadian dollar rose 0.45 of a cent to 94.14 cents US amid a generally weaker U.S. currency.New York indexes were positive with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 48.94 points to 16,490.29, the Nasdaq climbed 6.18 points to 4,149.25 while the S&P 500 index edged up 4.24 points to 1,836.22.Base metal prices backed off as China’s official nonmanufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to a four-month low, coming in at 54.6 in December from 56 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.The nonmanufacturing PMI covers services including retail, aviation and software as well as the real estate and construction sectors.North American markets got off to a lacklustre start to 2014 trading Thursday amid a slate of data showing manufacturing sectors in China, the U.S. and Canada still expanding but at a slower pace.The base metals sector was down 0.5 per cent as March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost three cents to US$3.35 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 27 cents to C$27.31.Financials were also a drag as investors also took some profits from a sector that surged more than 20 per cent during 2013. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 82 cents to $65.19.Telecoms were also weak with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) down 38 cents to $47.28.The energy sector lost 0.2 per cent as February crude on the Nymex slipped 23 cents to US$95.21 a barrel on top of a $3 slide Thursday. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) shed 29 cents to C$46.33.February bullion gained $4.70 to US$1,229.90 an ounce and the gold sector drifted 0.3 per cent lower. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 29 cents to C$23.84.Techs were supportive while Celestica (TSX:CLS) rose 11 cents to $11.12.Meanwhile, traders are increasingly looking to market fundamentals after the U.S. Federal Reserve ended months of speculation last month and announced it would be cutting back on a key area of stimulus, its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases. Those purchases are credited with supporting a strong rally on stock markets during 2013, including a 30 per cent surge in the S&P 500 to a record high.Now, investors will focus on corporate earnings to see if those advances were justified.The coming week will see earnings reports from heavyweights including resource company Alcoa and financial giants American Express, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.Bloomberg News says that earnings are expected to rise just 3.7 per cent in the fourth quarter, excluding financial companies.Investors also looked ahead to comments later Friday by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke for indications about the possible pace of further reductions in monetary stimulus.Automakers also released December sales figures for the U.S. Chrysler said its U.S. sales rose six per cent in the final month of the year.Ford’s sales for December in the U.S. rose 1.8 per cent, lower than the 5.9 per cent gain that was expected.Industry analysts expect a total U.S. sales gain of about four per cent in December and an annual gain of around eight per cent.In other corporate news, Boeing machinists will decide Friday whether to accept a contract that would cut some pension and health care benefits in exchange for ensuring that the company’s new 777X airplane is built in Washington state. The offer has fractured the union and drawn unusual pleas from politicians who say the deal is necessary to support the region’s economic future.European bourses were positive amid data showing that European banks are lending less to companies in another sign the continent’s economic upswing remains less than robust.The European Central Bank reported Friday that loans to companies slipped by 3.1 per cent in November from a year earlier. Analysts say some companies are afraid to borrow due to uncertain growth prospects while others are sitting on adequate cash reserves.London’s FTSE 100 rose 0.23 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX gained 0.35 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 climbed 0.48 per cent.Earlier in Asia, South Korea’s Kospi gave up 1.1 per cent after Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. said they expect sales growth in 2014 to be their weakest in a decade. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 2.3 per cent.Tokyo was closed for the last day of its New Year’s break. read more

UN agencies prepare for impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

According to UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond, the agency has ordered 20,000 tents from suppliers in Pakistan, in addition to the more than 9,300 tents already stored in the country. Beginning next week the agency will also fly in plastic tarpaulins. “We expect that the Japanese Government will also be airlifting stocks of relief supplies,” he added.This weekend, UNHCR will begin deploying 25 experienced emergency preparedness staff to Pakistan, where they will join more than 150 personnel currently on the ground, Mr. Redmond said. All the newly identified emergency relief workers should be in-country within the week.The spokesman repeated yesterday’s call by High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers for neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and for a “humanitarian coalition” to help share the burden. “Afghans are directly affected by the current insecurity in their homeland, and governments worldwide, especially those bordering on Afghanistan, should respond in a humanitarian way,” Mr. Redmond said. “We are also appealing to governments to work to prevent hostility against Afghans and other Muslim asylum-seekers and refugees.”All the countries surrounding Afghanistan have officially closed their borders to people without visas, though thousands seem to be entering both Pakistan and Iran over irregular crossing points, Mr. Redmond said. “Inside Afghanistan, we understand that many Afghans are continuing to leave for the countryside,” he said. “Based on sketchy reports from inside the country, every major city has seen some movement toward the countryside.”Meanwhile, the first relief flight of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), carrying more than $130,000 worth of critical medical supplies, tarps, water purification tablets and other items, was scheduled to arrive this weekend in Turkmenistan, one of four nearby countries where the agency is positioning supplies should large numbers of Afghans seek refuge across national borders, according to Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan.The UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan, Onder Yucer, told a briefing in Islamabad that the Government of Pakistan has no “fiscal space” for dealing with the humanitarian crisis looming at its borders. He urged international support to help the country cope with the impending emergency. read more

Security Council to continue talks on resolution to extend UNs Western Sahara

Speaking to reporters after the Council held a closed-door discussion on Western Sahara, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said the members were coming to the conclusion that a complex resolution covering the four options put forward by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in February may not be the way to move forward.The first of those courses of action would have the UN resume trying to implement the 1988 settlement plan, even without the concurrence of the two parties, the Frente POLISARIO and Morocco. The second would have Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy, James Baker III, try to revise the draft Framework Agreement – again without necessarily gaining the agreement of the parties. The third would be to mandate Mr. Baker to discuss with interested parties a possible division of the Territory, and the fourth would see the Council terminate the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) due to the lack of progress.Ambassador Greenstock said today that he “will try to make a proposal to the Council from the Presidency as to a more straightforward resolution to continue the mandate of MINURSO.” “The Council is unanimous that they want MINURSO to continue, and I believe that everybody on the Council subscribes to the principle that self-determination for the people of Western Sahara should be provided for,” he added.Earlier, the Council heard from William Lacy Swing, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Western Sahara, who gave an update on developments on the ground before the Council’s debate on a draft resolution got underway.Ambassador Greenstock said the Council was “very firm” in calling for an improvement in the humanitarian situation in Western Sahara, particularly a continuation of the release of prisoners of war. “The Council remains very concerned that so many prisoners have been held for so long in poor conditions, many of them ill, it’s time to separate out the issue of prisoners of war from the political situation,” he said.Meanwhile, the Council also made good progress in its talks today on resolutions to extend the mandates of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), Ambassador Greenstock said.The Council is slated to hold a private meeting on Monday with Georgia’s Minister for the Abkhaz, Malkhaz Kakabadze, before continuing its informal consultations on the UNOMIG draft resolution, he added. read more

Rio Tinto confirms MMD Fully Mobile Surge Loader trial at Bingham Canyon

first_imgAt the Macquarie Australia Conference that took place May 1/2 in Sydney, Australia, Stephen McIntosh, Group Executive –Growth & Innovation at Rio Tinto confirmed that the company is “trialling a revolutionary methodof truck-shovel mining” at Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon copper mine in the US, and went on to name the mobile surge loader from MMD, which MMD refers to as the Fully Mobile Surge Loader. MMD itself said today in its own release that the first unit was starting final assembly at an unnamed US mining operation.Rio describes the Surge Loader as an integrated, mobile hopper bin and loading chute that accepts ore/waste directly from the loading unit so the loading unit doesnt have to wait for the truck. It cites an expected increase in productivity of 50% of the digger as a result of cutting shovel hang time, removing spot and reverse at shovel, and increasing effective utilisation. Added to this a 98% accuracy in loading of trucks is expected; with an average of 75 seconds and trucks positioned within 1 cm.The miner said commissioning is expected in June 2019 with a 12 month pilot test starting in August 2019. The future decision on deployment will be based on these field results.last_img read more

Amazon Kindle Gets AdSupport Option

first_imgThe Amazon Kindle has just gotten a little cheaper, that is, as long as you’re fine with having a whole lot of ads. Amazon is releasing an ad-supported version of the hit e-reader. It will feature special offers for its user, and will include more ads at the bottom along with the screen saver. If you’re a real stickler for a deal, and you don’t mind the ads, you can save $25 off the regular price of a Kindle. This generation of the Amazon Kindle will be called Kindle with Special Offers, and it costs $114, compared to the Wi-Fi model that costs $139. Amazon claims that the ads will not be intrusive, but it does seem to take away the point of owning one.Amazon is working hard to make the new model sound good. While ad supported models work for free services, most who buy a device or service expect more out of the company. No word on how Kindle fans will react to the new device. Via Hot Hardwarelast_img read more

Cyprus peace talks enter new phase

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A United Nations envoy says talks to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus have moved up a gear with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders looking to bridge gaps on core issues.Following a meeting with both leaders, Espen Barth Eide said that negotiations “are really beginning now” as the earlier preparatory phases where both sides spelled out their positions have ended.Cyprus was split into an internationally recognized, Greek Cypriot south and a breakaway Turkish Cypriot north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.Peace talks resumed in February after the two sides agreed on an outline of key principles underpinning an envisioned federation. But important differences remain on issues like power sharing and foreign military intervention rights. Source: APlast_img read more

LONG Ocean2012 accuse lUE de contribuer à la surpêche

first_imgL’ONG Ocean2012 accuse l’UE de contribuer à la surpêcheL’ONG Ocean2012 a accusé l’Union européenne (UE) de subventionner le secteur de la pêche avec l’argent des contribuables européens. Selon l’alliance, ces activités ont fortement contribué à l’épuisement des stocks halieutiques.Vendredi, l’alliance Ocean2012 a tenu à souligner qu’en 2009 le secteur de la pêche avait touché près de 3,3 milliards d’euros en subventions UE et aides d’Etat. “Cette même année la valeur des poissons capturés était plus basse que la totalité des aides fournies aux pêcheurs”, a par ailleurs relevé l’ONG. Selon ses estimations, en 2011, 63% des stocks de poissons connus dans les eaux de l’UE ont été surpêchés. En Méditerranée ce sont jusqu’à 82% des stocks qui ont été victimes de surpêche.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au cours de cette intervention qui a eu lieu juste avant la réunion des ministres européens de la pêche aujourd’hui à Bruxelles, l’ONG a ainsi voulu dénoncer l’usage que l’UE fait de l’argent des contribuables européens. “Grosso modo entre 2007 et 2012, ce sont plus de 13 milliards d’euros payés par les contribuables qui auront été dépensés en subventions pour le secteur européen de la pêche”, estime l’alliance qui regroupe 160 organisations de lutte contre la surpêche citée par l’AFP. L’ONG précise que les subventions allouées permettent de moderniser les navires, de construire des ports, de mettre en place une industrie de transformation du poisson, de soutenir les marchés et le stockage des captures. Les pêcheurs bénéficieraient non seulement d’exemptions fiscales et d’aides pour l’achat de carburant, mais également de soutiens indirects et moins connus pour la collecte de données et les activités de recherches.Le rapport rédigé part Ocean2012 cite comme exemple les 33,5 millions d’euros consacrés entre 2000 et 2008 à la modernisation des flottes de pêche au thon rouge, une espèce qui frôlait déjà l’extinction en 2004. De plus, les moins de 50 millions d’euros annuels versés pour le contrôle des quotas de pêche et le respect des objectifs de la politique commune de pêche (PCP) de l’UE sont à mettre en balance face aux 850 millions d’euros de financement de mesures structurelles comme la modernisation des navires.Enfin, le rapport dénonce la poursuite du versement de subventions aux opérateurs de pêcheries impliqués dans des activités illicites. A titre d’exemple, en Espagne plus de 80% des sociétés de pêche condamnées à des amendes ont continué à toucher des subventions l’an dernier.Le 14 mai 2012 à 11:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA astronaut snaps dazzling Crew Dragon photo from ISS

first_img Tags McClain’s artistic view reveals the curved horizon line of the Earth with the Crew Dragon perfectly positioned as a shadow against the glow.This has been a weekend full of space firsts as NASA’s Commercial Crew Program took a big step toward launching astronauts from US soil for the first time since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. The three current ISS crew members entered the SpaceX capsule in space for the first time on Sunday as part of the SpaceX Demo-1 test mission, which itself was crew-less. Sci-Tech Crew Dragon takes off SpaceX Crew Dragon achieves landmark docking with space station Humans enter SpaceX Crew Dragon in space for the first time 3 While NASA broadcast video of everything from the launch to the docking, McClain’s image of the capsule nearing the ISS should stand out as one of the most memorable documents of the Demo-1 test flight. It’s a beautiful photo that ties together all the pieces of the mission: Earth, Crew Dragon and the ISS.Crew Dragon is scheduled to spend a total of five days docked at the ISS before returning to Earth to land in the Atlantic Ocean. If all goes well with the remainder of the mission, then NASA and SpaceX will look to send actual humans to space as early as mid-year. Commentscenter_img Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Share your voice The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight— Anne McClain (@AstroAnnimal) March 3, 2019 16 Photos Enlarge ImageThe SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approaches the International Space Station. NASA/Anne McClain “The dawn of a new era in human spaceflight,” NASA astronaut Anne McClain tweeted Sunday, along with a breath-taking image. The photo, which she captured as the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule approached the International Space Station to dock for the first time, sums up the wonder of the history-making test mission. NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 27 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioNo Fukushima Radiation Found in Alaska SeafoodThe Associated PressAlaska health officials say Alaska seafood has no radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, which was damaged by a tsunami in 2011.Officials from the Alaska departments of Environmental Conservation and Health and Social Services announced results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests today.The FDA monitors radiation in both domestic and imported food. Alaska officials called for specific Alaska samples, including fish that migrate from western Pacific waters off Japan.The federal agency tested samples from the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska.Cross-Regional Dialogue On Ambler Road As Parties Converge In KotzebueZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeHow will small Native communities in rural Alaska balance traditional life with the pressures of modernization? That was the question community leaders focused on during the second day of discussions on the proposed road to the Ambler Mining District.U.S. House Passes Bill To Open NPR-ALiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCFor the second time in six months, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at greater oil industry access to the NationalPetroleum Reserve-Alaska.The bill would force the federal government to scrap its current management plan for NPR-A and start over. It would also require additional lease sales there and off-shore.It’s supported by Alaska Congressman Don Young and passed the House on Thursday as part of a larger GOP energy bill, largely along party lines. In November, the House passed a similar NPR-A provision in a different GOP energy bill. Senate leaders have shown no interest in moving it.U.S. Senate Republican Candidates Debate Addresses Resource Development, Government Overreach Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageAll three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in August’s senatorial primary election squared off over a variety of issues in Anchorage on Thursday.Frostbite Among Chief Dangers For Denali ClimbersPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaIt’s been a tough year for climbers attempting to summit Denali.  Only 1 in 3 have made the summit.  The weather also means higher risk for injuries, especially frostbite.Y-K Delta Residents Struggle To Put Up FishDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelFish camp is an annual tradition going back thousands of years for Yup’ik people living along the Kuskokwim River. But fishing restrictions this year, have hit many families hard.Smokejumpers Deploy in Southwest AlaskaDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelFire Danger is up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry says fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.“They’re very susceptible to starts from either lightening strikes or escaped burns, such as dumps and we’ve had two escaped dump fires in the past two days, one in Mountain Village and one at Tooksook Bay,” Roos said.Smokejumper crews were deployed to both fires.Clear, sunny weather and high winds are forecast through the weekend.AK: DanceEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageAlthough the ancient form of dance called English Morris was born so long ago its origins are murky, it remains alive and well, even in frozen Alaska.  Rant and Raven, Anchorage’s Morris dance group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with a tour on the Alaska Marine Highway.300 Villages: EagleThis week we’re heading to Eagle, a small community on the Yukon River. Jason Hamilton lives in Eagle, Alaska.last_img read more

Postcoup president admitted his regime to be unconstitutional BSS

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman — Photo: BSSKhondaker Mostaq Ahmad, who was installed as the puppet president by the 15 August 1975 carnage perpetrators, himself acknowledged his short-lived regime to be unconstitutional in a radio and TV address soon after assuming office on that fateful day.Bangladesh’s Supreme Court in a belated verdict called “illegal” the Moshtaque and subsequent military regimes that grabbed the power after the 15 August coup which also toppled father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s post independence government.“The armed forces had to come forward since the change of the government as expected by all quarters could not take place in accordance with rules,” Moshtaq said in his speech, the transcript was which appeared in the next day’s Ittefaq newspaper.The military, however, never owned the coup while Awami League and political and defence analysts consistently said some derailed army officers staged the coup and killed Bangabandhu along with most of his family members.Mostaq, however, claimed in his speech that the armed forces expressed their utmost trust and obedience to his so-called government.On 18 September 1980, an international commission was constituted in London to investigate into the Bangabandhu assassination and subsequent murder of four national leaders – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed and captain (retd.) Mansur Ali, and AHM Quamruzzaman inside Dhaka Central Jail.British jurist Sir Thomas Williams Q.C, MP headed the commission constituted on appeals by Bangabandhu’s two surviving daughters Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana alongside Syed Ashraful Islam and Mohammed Selim, the sons of two of the assassinated leaders Syed Nazrul islam and Mansur Ali.After examining different documentary evidence, the commission reached a conclusion that the killings were carried out under the leadership of a few “retired and in-service army officers”.Mostaq stayed in power for only 82 days when he ordered the 3 November 1975 killing of the four national leaders and enacted a now scrapped infamous indemnity law to protect the killers from justice in the form of an ordinance.Writer Ghulam Murshid in his book “Muktijuddho O Tarpor” wrote Mostaq along with Faruque and Rashid designed the plot of jail killing so they could not reemerge as the nation’s radar even if a countercoup toppled his illegal government.A military coup indeed toppled the Mostaq regime on 6 November 1975 installing Supreme Court judge Abu Sadat Mohammad Sayem as the president, who too was ousted soon as the then army chief major general Ziur Rahman appeared as the strongman of Bangladesh usurping the state power.last_img read more

Dozens Hurt 1 Dead In Violent Day Of Protests In Venezuela

first_img– / 7Dozens of people were injured and a 27-year-old man killed Wednesday during another day of violent clashes in Venezuela’s capital during demonstrations demanding elections. National guardsmen launched tear gas and a group of armed pro-government militiamen harassed protesters as they tried to march to the Supreme Court. One masked militia member fired several shots into the air. The militia later dispersed after officers intervened. At least 93 people were injured in Caracas and demonstrator Miguel Castillo was killed. Authorities also announced that Anderson Dugarte, 32, died from a gunshot wound he suffered Monday at a protest in Merida. The violence pushed the death toll to at least 38 in more than a month of street protests and political turmoil. Castillo had studied communications at Santa Marta University and friends and opposition leaders vowed to march to the site of his death Thursday morning. “Another Venezuelan that this government robbed of his future,” said Stalin Gonzalez, an opposition lawmaker. Demonstrators contend President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government has become an authoritarian regime responsible for triple-digit inflation, widespread food and medical supply shortages and soaring crime. Maduro has dismissed the opposition movement as a violent, far-right effort intent on removing him from power. Protesters were marching in downtown Caracas and chanting: “Who are we? Venezuela! What do we want? Freedom!” Militiamen approached, all dressed in dark colors with pieces of cloth covering their faces. About three carried guns. The protesters fled, screaming in fear. Opposition leaders have blamed armed pro-government groups known as “colectivos” for a number of protest deaths. One of the militiamen fired into the air, though no one was hit. Along Caracas’ main highway, state security forces used tear gas and water to disperse demonstrators, who threw jars of fecal matter in their direction. Some of the protesters arrived with wooden shields that had images of the nation’s blue constitution book, which Maduro has vowed to rewrite. More than 1,300 people have been detained in the unrest, not including 250 civilians who have been presented before military tribunals. Maduro is vowing to resolve the crisis by holding a special assembly to rewrite the nation’s constitution, though opposition leaders have refused to participate. Sharelast_img read more

Meet Haitis Founding Father Whose Black Revolution was too Radical for Thomas

first_imgBy Julia Gaffield, Georgia State University(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)(THE CONVERSATION) Crowds cheered as local lawmakers on August 18 unveiled a street sign showing that Rogers Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn would now be called Jean-Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, after a Haitian slave turned revolutionary general.Meet Haiti’s Founding Father, Whose Black Revolution was too Radical for Thomas JeffersonWhen Dessalines declared Haiti’s independence from France in 1804 after a 13-year slave uprising and civil war, he became the Americas’ first Black head of state.Supporting the French colonial perspective, leaders across the Americas and Europe immediately demonized Dessalines. Even in the United States, itself newly independent from Britain, newspapers recounted horrific stories of the final years of the Haitian Revolution, a war for independence that took the lives of some 50,000 French soldiers and over 100,000 black and mixed-race Haitians.For more than two centuries, Dessalines was memorialized as a ruthless brute.Now, say residents of Brooklyn’s “Little Haiti” – the blocks around Rogers Avenue, home to some 50,000 Haitian-Americans – it’s time to correct the record. They hope the newly renamed Dessalines Boulevard will burnish the reputation of this Haitian hero.Opposition to DessalinesOther New Yorkers aren’t so sure.The New York City Council’s vetting committee labeled Dessalines a “possibly offensive historical figure,” tacitly referencing the massacre of French citizens that followed Haiti’s revolution.Just after declaring independence, in early 1804, Dessalines discovered that local French colonists were plotting to overthrow his new government. He ordered all remaining French citizens in Haiti, except for a few French allies, to be killed.My research indicates that between 1,000 and 2,000 White landowners and their families, merchants and poor French were executed, always in a very public fashion. Some estimates are as high as 5,000.Dessalines, who protected all British, American and other non-French White people living in Haiti, justified the killings as a response to acts of war by France. Despite Haiti’s declared independence, French imperial forces continued to threaten invasion from their military outpost in Santo Domingo, modern-day Dominican Republic.To his critics, however, Dessalines’ massacre amounted to “White genocide.”The limits to Jefferson’s vision of equalityIn researching Dessalines for the biography I am writing, I found that that he was in many ways cut from the same cloth as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other American revolutionaries.Dessalines was an Enlightenment thinker who espoused life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And he was willing to use strategic, bloody violence to free his people from colonial rule.But in his commitment to Black equality he was far more radical than America’s founding fathers, who freed the U.S. from England but let Black Americans stay in chains for another nine decades.In June 1803, when Dessalines began planning for independence, he wrote to President Thomas Jefferson.Like Americans, he reported, Haitians were “tired of paying with our blood the price of our blind allegiance to a mother country that cuts her children’s throats,” he said. They would fight for their freedom.Jefferson never responded.Dessalines’ vision of an autonomous Black state – a nation founded by enslaved people who killed their colonial masters – alarmed the patrician Virginia plantation owner, Jefferson’s letters show. The U.S. was also being pressured by southern slave states and French and British diplomats to shun Haiti.Rather than reckoning with the ills of racial oppression and colonialism, most prominent thinkers across the Americas and Europe interpreted Dessalines’ war as an example of African barbarity.Haiti was run by a “hord of ferocious banditt” and led by “Barbarous Chieftains,” commented one British observer in 1804.Pushing the Enlightenment furtherThis racist view of Dessalines persisted for two centuries.Today, modern scholarship is redeeming Haiti’s founding father.Dessalines challenged the universalist rhetoric of the 1789 French Revolution, when idealists toppled their monarchy demanding “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” – freedom, equality and fraternity.Yet the French continued to use enslaved labor to produce sugar, coffee and other crops in the Caribbean. Dessalines said France had shrouded their colonies in a “veil of prejudice.” He insisted that true egalité required Black liberty, too.This radical vision of Black empowerment is evident in Haiti’s 1804 Declaration of Independence, signed by Dessalines. In 2010 I located the only known extant copy of this stunning founding document, at the National Archives of the United Kingdom.The 1805 Constitution that followed reaffirmed the abolition of slavery in Haiti, making it the first free Black state in the Western Hemisphere.It also eliminated official racial distinctions. According to Haiti’s Constitution, all Haitians, regardless of skin color, would be considered Black in the eyes of the law. In Dessalines’ philosophy, race was an ideological concept. By securing Haitian citizenship, a person became Black.Under Dessalines’ rule, Blackness was to be the source of freedom and equality – not bondage.Haiti’s rejection on the world stageDessalines’ revolutionary fervor earned him international diplomatic isolation.France refused to accept Haitian independence until 1825, when Haitian President Jean-Pierre Boyer agreed to pay 150 million francs – equivalent to US$21 billion today – for the loss of human and territorial “property.” To ensure compliance, French warships with loaded cannons threatened the country from the harbor of Port-au-Prince.Things also went badly for the newly independent Haiti in its own neighborhood.Jefferson imposed an embargo on Haiti, cutting off trade with the country from 1806 to 1808, and the U.S. refused to recognize Haitian independence until 1862.Dessalines was assassinated in 1806 by opponents within his own government.A modern Black heroThe international smear campaign almost succeeded in erasing Dessalines’ revolutionary legacy.As one opponent to the Little Haiti street renaming claimed, Dessalines is “obscure to most Americans.”Even within Haiti, Dessalines is overshadowed by the Black Haitian military leader Toussaint Louverture, allegedly a more restrained and diplomatic revolutionary.But as scholars have revised the long-dominant racist narrative about Dessalines, public interest in the abolitionist has grown.As the Haitian-American New York Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte said in Brooklyn, the newly named Dessalines Boulevard is “undoing in a concrete and tangible way centuries of the trivialization of our history.”This article was originally published on The Conversation. 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11 students from Bengal take part in VVM national camp

first_imgKolkata: As many as 11 students from Bengal, who had qualified for the state level camp on the basis of their performance in the field of science, took part in the national camp of Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) Mumbai recently.The national camp was organised by Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), a national movement for the propagation and popularisation of Science and Technology among students and masses, in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsVVM, is a national science talent search programme aiming to identify and nurture bright minds among the students of class VI to XI. One of the main objectives of VVM is to promote and propagate a scientific and rational outlook in society, to develop interest in science and encourage creativity among the students.Altogether 230 students out of selected 276 attended the national camp. From Bengal, out of 12 eligible candidates, 11 took part in the programme. The evaluation on the various aspects was conducted at DAE School no 4 situated close to the convention centre. A 2-day special session was also organised for parents at the training centre of BARC in which various speakers delivered their lectures on various aspects of the Indian Science and Modern Science. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPadma Vibhushan and former Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India Dr R Chidambaram was the chief guest at the inaugural function. The programme was highly appreciated by parents, teachers, visitors and also by the students. National convenor of VVM, Arvind Ranade, Bengal co-ordinator Mayuri Dutt were also present among other dignitaries.”VVM is perhaps the only platform that ensures the holistic development of the child, right from the scientific knowledge, Indian science, creativity, leadership development and also on the scientific thinking ability of the child,” a guardian attended the programme said.last_img read more

Not Fun and Games Weak Wii U Sales Leads Nintendo to Lower

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Business isn’t all fun and games at Japan’s Nintendo Co. The creator of such classic games as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda is reporting an operating loss of about $335.7 million for its fiscal year ending in March. That’s down from its initial expectation of a $959 million profit.The culprit: disappointing holiday sales of its struggling Wii U system. Nintendo lowered its sales forecast of the Wii U console to 2.8 million units, down from a projected 9 million units.Industry experts said that the wide group of consumers who made the original Wii console a smash hit are not aware that the Wii U is a new system. The console also suffers from a lack of software even after being on the market for over a year.The Wii console was first released in the U.S. in November 2012.Related: GameStop Shares Plummet on Weak OutlookNintendo faces an uphill battle in the coming year, with fierce competition from the newly-released Sony Playstation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One systems, which both saw high sales during the holidays and are technologically superior.Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said in a statement that a price drop on the Wii successor in the U.S. and Europe failed to help the company reach its original forecasts.The bright spot for the game maker continues to be its portable 3DS system, which was the top-selling console in the U.S in 2013 with more than 11.5 million units sold. Still, Nintendo lowered sales prediction of the handheld from 18 million units to 13.5.Related: Microsoft and Sony Battle for Gaming Supremacy This Holiday Seasoncenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 17, 2014last_img read more

Australia to provide three year multipleentry visa to Indian travellers

first_imgAustralia will now be offering a three-year multiple entry visa to the Indian travellers. The announcement was made as part of the Australian Government’s 2016-17 Budget to boost Australia’s future tourism growth.To be launched on trial basis by July 2016, the new visa will permit Indians to make multiple visits to Australia on the same visa, with each stay valid for up to three months. The trial will be applicable to those visiting the country for tourism or business purposes. The new visas will also be valid for those visiting from Thailand, Vietnam and Chile.Hopeful about the new development, Harinder Sidhu, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, said, “We welcome the tremendous interest Indians have in visiting Australia for tourism and business. With India among Australia’s nine key tourism markets, the trial will naturally drive our tourism growth from this part of the world.”“The three year multi-entry Australia visa is a forward-looking strategy and will effectively serve to catalyse demand for Australia, a destination that is already seeing strong uptake from Indians for leisure, in addition to b-leisure and VFR,” added Rajeev D Kale, President & Country Head for Leisure Travel & MICE, Thomas Cook India.last_img read more

Related Egypt becomes more popular with families t

first_img RelatedEgypt becomes more popular with families this half termFamilies could book flights to Egypt because the country offers a variety of activities aimed at children and adults.Egypt Travel AdviceEgypt Travel AdviceWhy Luxor is the new Sharm el SheikhA holiday in Egypt is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap package deal, usually to Sharm el Sheikh. But this year, why not try something different but still stay within your budget? Give Luxor a look and discover the ancient Egyptian capital, the sun-soaked banks of the River Nile… Is it safe to travel to Egypt?I cannot say that Egypt (or any other country) is safe. The Foreign Office warns: “There is a high threat from terrorism,” and over the past two decades there have been numerous attacks – including some aimed at tourists. I believe the risk of harm to the average holidaymaker is extremely low. Personally, I would not hesitate to go to any of the tourist areas – the Red Sea resorts, the Nile and the great cities of Alexandria and Cairo – tomorrow. Indeed, I hope to be aboard the first departure from the UK to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt’s premier resort, when the British government gives permission for flights to re-start. If you want to cancel your holiday, what are your rights?As nothing has changed in terms of the official threat level, normal terms apply. In many cases that means you will lose some or all of your money. Some holiday firms may offer you the chance to transfer to another destination, but this is by no means a legal entitlement.Stranded abroad and looking to get home? Here are Skyscanner’s best tips for getting there as quickly and safely as possible.What can travellers to Egypt do to stay safe?While you can never eliminate all danger, you can certainly take action to reduce risks. Minimise the amount of travel you do by road; I prefer to fly domestically rather than going overland. That might sound flippant, but it is meant in all seriousness. Driving standards and the enforcement of traffic laws are much inferior to Britain.Is this, in any sense, a good time to visit Egypt?Yes, and in my opinion it is imperative that people do. Millions of Egyptians depend on tourism for their livelihood, and I believe the best possible gesture of faith in humanity is to travel there, meet the friendly, welcoming people and enjoy their amazing country.Discover more top places to visit in 2016, in our pick of the best value holidays for this year… What is the latest travel advice for Sharm el Sheikh?The Foreign Office does not warn against travel to the resort. But after the loss of the Metrojet flight to St Petersburg last October, it ordered UK airlines to stop flying to Sharm el Sheikh until security measures at the airport were stepped up. The Egyptian government has poured tens of millions of pounds into beefing up airport security, but the UK government is not yet content with the programme for keeping flights safe. The Foreign Office says: “We are advising against all but essential travel by air to or from Sharm el Sheikh,” adding that it is working with travel companies “to resume flights and holidays in Sharm el Sheikh as soon as appropriate security arrangements are in place.”The resort itself is open for business – and some British travellers are flying in and out via Cairo or Istanbul, despite the Foreign Office advice about Sharm el Sheikh airport.Want to receive updates on the latest travel news and advice, straight to your email? Enter your email address below to sign up to our free newsletter:What about the rest of the country?All the tourist areas are open. That includes the resorts of Hurghada and Marsa Alam, the pyramids at Giza (just outside Cairo) and the marvellous cities of Luxor and Aswan on the Nile, where I have spent fascinating, relaxing and happy holidays with my family.If you’d like more advice from frequent travellers, read Skyscanner’s [50 insider travel tips from our staff]( Twitter: @SimonCalderLooking for safety advice for a different destination? We’ve got more information and tips for you…Is it safe to travel to Turkey?Read more of Simon’s invaluable travel safety advice in his Q&A on taking Turkey holidays in 2016.Safe travel in Brazil: Advice and tips from Skyscanner’s Brazilian teamPlanning a holiday to Rio for the Olympics? Whenever and wherever you’re travelling in Brazil, read these insider tips from our Brazilian team on how to stay safe and enjoy your trip.A short guide to disabled travelSkyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers travelling to Rio and elsewhere this summer.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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