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  • Lady Gaga Signs Hello Kitty Doll For Charity Auction

    first_imgAn online auction is giving you the chance to get your hands on a very special Lady Gaga Hello Kitty doll.Lady Gaga with Hello Kitty dollOnly two of the dolls are reported to be in existence – one is owned by Lady Gaga herself. The doll going under the hammer is signed by the pop star.In a statement, Tomodachi – who made the doll – said: “We feel deeply sorry for those people still suffering from the disaster that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. This “Japan Relief Charity Auctions” project is to help those who still needs help recovering from the disaster. Many companies and organizations are cooperating to this project by providing items for this auction. We really appreciate and looking forward for your cooperation on this project.”Proceeds from the auction will go to The Tomodachi Stella Adler Performing Arts Fellowship, which allows Japanese university students and young people the opportunity to pursue their artistic dreams by joining one year programs at specialized institutes in the United States in areas such as music, art, film, dance, song, theater, fashion, design, and digital media among others.To access the auction, which runs until December 22, click here.last_img read more

  • Maradona I Participated in the Green March Gala Match For Free

    Casablanca — Diego Armando Maradona said that he participated in the Green March Gala for Free, and people who say otherwise “are lying.”The Argentinian football legend shut down rumors that he had been paid to attend the Green March gala in Laayoune this past weekend in celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Moroccan Green March.A few media sources had claimed that Maradona, a retired Argentine professional soccer player, was paid a total of 2 million dirhams for his participation in the Laayoune gala match, reports Le360. But Maradona has refuted those claims. “Those who gave that information are liars. I did not come to Morocco for the money but because I love this country a lot. I will return every time I get the chance especially when it’s to celebrate the anniversary of the Green March,” Maradona told Le360, right before boarding a plane to Dubai.This wasn’t Maradona’s first visit to the Morocco, nor his first time attending the Green March Gala Match. Last year, he famously danced along to Moroccan folkloric music outside the Laayoune stadium, and a video of it was widely shared.The soccer player has also expressed his love for Morocco many times in the past. On November 5, Maradona attended a press conference in Marrakech ahead of the 2016 gala match and exclaimed, “Long live the King! Long live Morocco! Long live the Sahara!” read more

  • DR of Congo UN mission helps restore calm to Bukavu

    Friction arose in recent days after the provincial Governor, former rebel leader Xavier Ciribanya, was suspended by the DRC’s central transitional government after illegal arms caches were discovered in Bukavu.In accord with agreements and decisions, his bodyguards have turned in military equipment to the UN Mission, which is known as MONUC.The Mission is continuing to patrol Bukavu to help maintain calm.

  • Sports journalist mental health champion Michael Landsberg to be recognized at Brock

    One of Canada’s most recognized sports broadcasters and an advocate for mental health issues will be the guest of honour at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Department of Sport Management at Brock University.Michael Landsberg will be recognized with an Industry Award while Erin Mathany (BSM ’05), Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Canadian Olympic Committee, and Kojo Mensah (BSM ’04), Senior Policy & Issues Co-ordinator in the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will be honoured with Alumni Awards during the event Thursday, March 2 at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold.Landsberg, Mathany, Mensah and three Department of Sport Management employees are being honoured as part of the first-ever Brock SPMA awards.For the inaugural Industry Awards, the department wanted to recognize someone “who has significantly and positively impacted the Canadian sport community,” which Department of Sport Management Chair Lisa Kikulis said describes exactly what Landsberg has done.“He has made a tremendous contribution to mental health advocacy through his significant roles in the Bell Let’s Talk and #SickNotWeak campaigns,” she said. “As a leading sports journalist in Canada, he has been able to break barriers and heighten communication on an extremely important topic for our students, our faculty and staff, and the sport industry as a whole.”The anniversary dinner will wrap up the Sport Management department’s annual Alumni Day, which includes a series of eight panel discussions at Brock University where alumni will return to the Niagara campus to discuss various industry issues.“Brock’s SPMA program is the best in Canada with Brock alumni in some of the biggest professional, amateur and community sports organizations in Canada, as well as abroad,” said Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Dean Peter Tiidus. “The SPMA program provides students with many practical opportunities and experiential education placements to help them translate what they learn in the classroom to real world application.”Established in 1996, the Bachelor of Sport Management (BSM) program remains the only specialized four-year sport management degree program in Canada. In it’s 20-year history, it has grown to become internationally recognized. In 2015, it was ranked fourth in the world for sport business programs by an industry publication.With more than 1,000 SPMA graduates, Brock University alumni are now working in some of the most high-profile roles in the Canadian sports industry such as:Kyle Dubas (BSM ’07) Assistant General Manager, Toronto Maple LeafsAlyssa Gordon (BSM ’07) Director, Commercial PPV & Content, Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipAndrew Tinnish (RECL ’99, BSM ’01), Assistant General Manager, Toronto Blue JaysDarren Yorke (BSM ’08), Assistant to the General Manager / Video Scout, Carolina HurricanesBrent Rossi (BSM ’01), EVP of Marketing & Brand Strategy, Pegula Sports & EntertainmentStephanie Jones (BSM ’05), Events and Sport Operations Manager, INVICTUS GAMES Toronto 2017Kris Hagerman (BSM ’11), Football Operations Co-ordinator, Edmonton Eskimo Football ClubAlyson Schmidt (BSM ’11), Sponsorship & Event Activation Specialist, MECJordan Bean (BSM ’14), Video Analyst, Toronto Maple LeafsBrooke Arthur (BSM ’07), Venue Ticketing Specialist, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games CorporationThe SPMA Anniversary events are open to Brock staff, students and faculty. Registration is available here.What: Brock University Department of Sport Management 20th AnniversaryWho: Michael Landsberg, TSN Broadcaster; Erin Mathany, Canadian Olympic CommitteeWhen: Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.Where: Panel Discussions at Brock University; Anniversary dinner at Amici’s Banquet Centre in Thorold read more

  • Private schools slam The Archers for suggesting Rob Titcheners abusive character stems

    first_imgDiscussing the mood of his stepson Henry, who is in the care of Rob while  Helen is in prison with Ursula, Rob said: “I told him to keep his chin up –  the same as you told me every time you dropped me off at prep school.”  Private school pupils generally make  excellent wives and husbandsBarnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council Rob and Helen of The Archers The apparent criticism of Rob’s upbringing as a boarder in the programme  was dismissed by Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council, as “ridiculously unfair”. He told The Telegraph that, rather than ending up as abusive spouses who  get stabbed by their wives, “private school pupils generally make  excellent wives and husbands”. Mr Lenon, a former headmaster of Harrow School, said: “In the UK the  divorce rate is higher amongst those who did not go to private school than those who did. “All I can say is that in the real world I have known hundreds of parents  who sent their children off to prep school and who commented on how much nicer the child became as a result – less self-centred because he had to  learn how to function in a community away from rather indulgent parents.”  Robin Fletcher, chief executive of the Boarding Schools Association, added:  “We have every sympathy for anyone in the past who went through a boarding  experience that was not great and it was not the right solution for them  and they had an unhappy experience as a result.  “Today’s environment is a very, very different one. I don’t think you find any cases now of children being sent away to school. “Families are hugely sensitive to that, schools are hugely sensitive to  that – because there is no point in having a child who is unhappy or for  whom boarding is not going to be the right answer.” A BBC Radio Four spokesman said: “The Archers is a fictional drama. Knowing  Rob’s character and his motives as our listeners do, I’m sure they will  treat his comments with a healthy dose of scepticism.”  Later, after being asked by Ursula to move to live with his parents in  Hampshire, Rob said: “I stopped being a Hampshire boy the day you shipped me off to school.” In an earlier episode, when challenged about why Henry appears happy to go  away with Helen’s parents, Rob replied: “Children often hide sadness behind  a smile.”  Rob Titchener is now the most-hated man on radio Credit:BBC  Listeners are preparing for Helen’s trialCredit:BBC  Private schools have criticised the scriptwriters of the BBC Radio Four’s  The Archers drama for suggesting that abusive husband Rob Titchener’s  troubles lie in the fact he was sent away to board. It is the second time that boarding schools have crossed swords with the  programme after a plotline earlier this year in which Rob and Ursula  discussed how to send his stepson Henry to a boarding school without the knowledge of Helen, Henry’s mother.  Mr Lenon said boarding schools like Harrow can make children “much nicer” In recent episodes Rob’s character has referred to his own dismay at being  sent away to school against his will as a child during tense discussions  with his mother Ursula. Listeners to the programme – the world’s longest running soap opera – are  preparing for the trial later this month of Rob’s wife Helen, who  has been charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent after being  provoked into stabbing him earlier this year. Bullying Rob has become the most hated man on radio because of the plot  which has drawn more than five million listeners with its gripping  storyline of domestic violence, revenge and attempted murder. Rob Titchener Harrow School  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

  • Tomas Reznicek has signed for Vardar Skoplje

    HC Vardar SkopjeMacedonia handballTomas Reznicek Former right back of Slovenian teams Gorenje and Celje Pivovarna Lasko, who spent last season in Italian Conversano, Czech Tomas Reznicek (25) has signed one year contract with Macedonian vice-champion, Vardar Skopje. Team which will compete with city rival Metalurg for trophies at national level strentghen squad also with playmaker Daniel Arapovic (Croatia). ← Previous Story ASOBAL in trouble: BM Valladolid in financial problems Next Story → Women fighting for Champions League (Q. Tournament 2) read more

  • Les planètes possédant deux soleils seraient loin dêtre rares

    first_imgLes planètes possédant deux soleils seraient loin d’être raresRien que dans notre galaxie, il existerait des millions de planètes possédant deux soleils à l’image de Kepler-16b récemment découverte, d’après une nouvelle étude.En septembre dernier, des astronomes ont annoncé une découverte étonnante : ceux-ci sont parvenus à dénicher une planète qui tourne autour de deux soleils. Baptisée Kepler-16b, celle-ci constituait alors une trouvaille inédite et très inattendue. Mais aujourd’hui une nouvelle étude révèle que les planètes à posséder deux soleils seraient en fait beaucoup plus nombreuses que prévu. Elles constitueraient même une nouvelle classe de monde à part entière : les planètes circumbinaires. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACes conclusions, présentées jeudi à l’American Astronomical Society, se basent sur la découverte de deux géantes gazeuses faisant deux fois la taille de Saturne : Kepler-34b et Kepler-35b. Chacune d’entre elle orbitant autour de sa paire d’étoiles, maintenues entre elles par la gravité. La découverte de ces deux nouvelles planètes circumbinaires montre bien que Kepler-16b n’est pas une erreur de la nature, indique William Welsh, principal auteur de l’étude parue dans la revue en ligne de Nature. Selon lui, “on peut même estimer qu’au moins un million de planètes semblables existent dans notre galaxie”.Par extension, il est légitime, d’après les chercheurs, de penser que “plus nombreuses sont ces planètes, plus il y a de chances pour qu’elles ressemblent à la Terre” et donc pour qu’elles abritent une quelconque forme de vie. Comme le rapporte le National Geographic, la découverte de Kepler-16b, Kepler-34b et Kepler-35b alimenterait donc l’espoir de trouver un jour de la vie ailleurs que sur la Terre.Le 14 janvier 2012 à 13:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

  • Marco Silva has faith in young footballers

    first_imgThe Everton manager believes that youngsters are the team’s future and he will give them as many chances as he can.Everton manager Marco Silva played with three 21-year-olds on the FA Cup victory over Lincoln City.And the coach believes the youngsters are the future of the club.“It is part of growing the squad and part of growing individual players,” Silva told the team’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It is impossible a player who is 21-years old knows everything about the game, has all the details and control of everything in each moment of the match.”“But playing games will give these types of things to them, I don’t have doubts about that,” he added.“It [the squad’s average age] is one more detail [in developing for a strong future]. In some moments of matches, you can see there is not big experience and our XI is a bit younger but it shows us we have the conditions to grow.”last_img read more

  • Port makes land available for Farwest deal

    first_imgThe Port of Vancouver’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved making a 22-acre industrial property available for sale to Farwest Steel Corp. as part of an ongoing deal that could eventually generate up to 225 jobs.The three-member board’s action to free up the property for sale marked the first step in a two-step process intended to sell the property to Eugene, Ore.-based Farwest for roughly $5 million. The board is expected to review and decide the terms of a purchase and sale agreement sometime in July.In voting to declare the property surplus — and therefore available for sale — board President Jerry Oliver said the deal with Farwest would bring real family-wage jobs to the community. He said, “I believe there are three things that are important — jobs, jobs and jobs.”The board collected a variety of public comments Tuesday from citizens and business and union representatives. Backers said pursuing the deal with Farwest is prudent and needed, particularly in light of a persistent economic recession. “We’re in a new world that has reset all of our expectations, and you should be flexible,” said Eric Fuller, a Vancouver real estate broker.last_img read more

  • Cutler Bay schoolteacher accused of sexual acts with teen

    first_imgCUTLER BAY, Fla. (WSVN) — Miami-Dade Police have arrested a Cutler Bay Senior High school teacher after he was accused of engaging in sexual acts with a teenage boy.Police have arrested Bernardo Osorio, Friday, after he was charged with engaging in a sexual act with a familial child.Miami-Dade County Public Schools released a statement which reads:“Miami-Dade County Public Schools takes every precaution to safeguard the children in our care. The employee was taken into custody by Miami Dade Schools Police for having an inappropriate relationship with a minor is no longer employed by M-DCPS and is prohibited from seeking future employment with the school district. The allegations made against the employee are unacceptable and inexcusable and the school district will not tolerate such behavior.”According to Osorio’s arrest affidavit, the victim is a 17-year-old male, who was 15 years old at the time.The affidavit states that in November 2015, Osorio befriended the student, and between the months of November 2015 and April 2016, the victim performed fellatio on Osorio three times — twice at school and once in Osorio’s car. The affidavit also states that victim said Osorio initiated the sexual acts.The affidavit also states Osorio admitted to having oral sex with the victim, and said it was wrong because he was the teacher and the victim was a student. Osorio is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

  • Avicii Remembered In Stockholm At Coachella And By Fellow Artists

    first_imgCoachella weekend two had just begun when the unexpected news of Avicii’s death arrived in Indio, Calif. Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo honored the late EDM master by playing the song “Without You” while an image of Avicii showed on the giant video screens behind him, which then revealed the words “Rest in piece. We will miss you.”Nile Rodgers, who collaborated with Avicii, also paid his respects from the Coachella stage during his set with Chic, saying, “Just yesterday, one of my best friends in the world, Avicii, passed away.” Thousands of miles away in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 21, thousands of fans gathered at a dance music memorial to celebrate Avicii. Fans filled the city’s Sergels Torg plaza, and clapped along, danced, and held up their hands to honor their fellow countryman.On the digital airwaves, Sirius XM’s BPM Channel welcomed a host of EDM superstars to remember their comrade.”He was amazing. He just always thought out of the box. He came up with different melodies,” said Tiësto. “He inspired so many other DJs as well. He’s Kygo’s biggest inspiration.”Kaskade also offered a remembrance of Bergling, saying, “The thing I like to think about with Tim is when he came out with the album that was so infused with country music and he went up there at Ultra and invited all those people onstage to perform. … People were hating on that moment and really thinking to themselves, ‘What is this guy doing?’ I think a lot of the audience, it was lost on them because it was quite different. … And then when the music came out, he seemed like the smartest guy on the planet because it did connect.””When I really go back what Avicii did to electronic music,” said Aoki, “I literally can hear him in all these songs even if they aren’t his songs. He is one of the most important figures for EDM, that term, to even exist. That term is maybe 10 years old, and Avicii broke that term into existence. You know there’s a few artists who can do that, and he is one of them.”Artists also took to social media to honor their friend and collaborator. Madonna posted a photo of her and Avicii, saying, “So Sad……. So Tragic. Good Bye Dear Sweet Tim. Gone too Soon.” Diplo also crafted a post on his Instagram account, saying “You were the gold standard. You made me want try and make dance music when I first heard ‘Seek Bromance.’ And then u kept making feel like shit cause you kept getting better and I couldn’t even mix a snare right… you were the best of this generation. A real superstar.” News Facebook Email Avicii Remembered By His Peers, Fans avicii-remembered-stockholm-coachella-and-fellow-artists In the wake of his untimely death at age 28, Avicii’s fans and fellow artists everywhere honor “one of the most important figures for EDM” Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 23, 2018 – 7:43 am The tragic news of Avicii’s death at age 28 sent shockwaves through the music community all over the world. As fans and peers of the GRAMMY-nominated Swiss DJ/producer born Tim Bergling try to process this immense loss, his impact on music and culture was honored over the weekend everywhere from Coachella to Stockholm to a special program on SiriusXM Radio featuring fellow EDM artists Tiësto, Kaskade, Armin Van Buuren and Steve Aoki to social media, where superstars like Madonna and Diplo paid tribute. Avicii Remembered In Stockholm, At Coachella, And By Fellow Artists Swedish DJ/Producer Avicii Dies At 28Read more Twitter last_img read more

  • Apple event presenters on fleek cream jumpsuit gets Twitter hopping

    first_imgApple unveiled a series of new services Monday, including an enhanced news subscription service, a credit card and a gaming subscription service. But some viewers of the livestream were distracted by one of the presenters’ outfit choice. Wyatt Mitchell, Apple’s director of design for applications, showed up in a cream jumpsuit, standing out from the T-shirts, jeans and khakis most other presenters wore for the event. “Is he going to paintball after the #AppleEvent ?” one Twitter user inquired. Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Is he going to paintball after the #AppleEvent ?— jay- kay (@jaaykaay37) March 25, 2019 Apple Event Tags Who knows? Mitchell could even start a new trend. “#AppleEvent Apple workwear wow,” one person tweeted.  It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Mitchell did get some praise for his outfit. “This apple news presenter has got the flyest outfit,” someone tweeted.  Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview 97 Photos Online 0 •center_img “This man cancelled his moon mission just for the #AppleEvent,” another Twitter user quipped.  This man cancelled his moon mission just for the #AppleEvent. He was in so much rush that he didn’t get a chance to change his outfits😂😂— Nilesh Bhatt (@nilesh_bhatt) March 25, 2019 Apple Livestream See All #AppleEvent apple workwear wow— real1963 (@Real1963) March 25, 2019 This apple news presenter has got the flyest outfit #onfleek #AppleEvent— Husein Kareem (@hkareem2222) March 25, 2019 reading • Apple event presenter’s ‘on fleek’ cream jumpsuit gets Twitter hopping Post a comment Share your voice Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Apple Eventlast_img read more

  • Heliskiing Guide Caught In Haines Avalanche Dies

    first_imgA heliski guide caught in an avalanche over the weekend near Haines died late Monday according to a statement posted online by his family.Aaron Karitis was guiding a group of skiers with Haines heliskiing company Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures, or SEABA, on Saturday. According to the statement, which was corroborated by SEABA, he had dug a snow pit to test snow conditions and cut the top of slope to sample stability and determined conditions were safe. Karitis skied down a slope to set a track, while his clients waited on the top. An avalanche was triggered, carrying him about approximately 700 feet and burying him in several feet of snow.Fellow guides found Karitis within 15 minutes thanks to a locator beacon he was wearing. He was unresponsive and CPR was started. He was transported to the Haines clinic then flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.The statement from his family and medical team says Karitis’ core body temperature was critically low when he arrived at Providence. He had inhaled snow, compromising oxygen flow to his brain.Karitis is originally from Bend, Oregon and has been active in heliskiing for more than a decade. His experience includes extensive avalanche education, according to SEABA and his family.last_img read more

  • Heres all you need to know about IAFs gamechanging Chinook helicopters VIDEO

    first_img5. The Chinook contains a fully Integrated, Digital Cockpit Management System, Common Aviation Architecture Cockpit and advanced cargo-handling capabilities that complement the aircraft’s mission performance and handling characteristics.The Chinook dealBack in 2015-16, India had signed two deals – one for the Chinook heavy-lift chopper and one for the Apache attack chopper. The Ministry of Defence had finalised the deal with Boeing for production along with the training of pilots to fly the Chinook helicopters started last year in 2018. Four pilots and an equal number of flight engineers were sent to Delaware in the United States to complete there training. The Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the first unit of four US-made Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in Chandigarh on Monday, March 25. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa announced the induction at a ceremony and said the choppers are national assets. India had to shell out close to 1.5 billion dollars for 15 of these choppers which would be also used for deploying troops and machinery at high altitude locations with India and Pakistan.#Chinook: CH-47F (I) Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide Indian Air Force with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat & humanitarian missions. Video Courtesy: @Boeing_In— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) March 23, 2019Here is all you need to know about the Chinook chopper.1. The CH-47F (I) Chinook is a heavy lift, tandem rotor helicopter that serves armed forces of 19 countries. It can be used for the transport of troops and material among other roles. It will greatly enhance IAF’s HADR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief) capability. Indian Air Force inducts Boeing Chinook helicopters 2. The Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide support to the armed forces of India. The chopper has unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions.3. The Chinook has a maximum payload capacity of about 11 tonnes and an underslung load of about 10 tonnes. It is eminently suited for operations in the Himalayas and has the capability to ferry heavy cargo like road construction equipment over difficult terrain. The Chinook is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide support to the armed forces of India.Twitter/@@IAF_MCC4. Back in July 2018, the first CH-47F (I) Chinook chopper made for the IAF completed its first flight. The IAF received its first Chinook heavy-lift helicopter on February 10 at the Mundra port in Gujarat.center_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:11Loaded: 0%0:07Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:05?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

  • Khaleda sits with BNP policymakers

    first_imgThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia presides over a meeting of the party`s standing committee at her Gulshan political office in Dhaka on 4 February. Photo: CollectedA day after her meeting with her party’s national executive committee, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia sat with the party’s standing committee members on Sunday night to work out its future course of action, reports UNB.The meeting began around 9:15pm at the BNP chief’s Gulshan office.A party standing committee member, wishing anonymity, said they will discuss the outcomes of the executive committee meeting and finalise their party’s next course of action ahead of Thursday’s verdict in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against Khaleda.The Special Court-5 in Dhaka fixed 8 February to deliver its verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda and five others.Khaleda will be disqualified for the next general election if she is convicted in the case.Ahead of the verdict, the party claimed that around 500 BNP leaders and activists have been arrested over the last five days.On Saturday, a daylong meeting of BNP national executive committee was held at a city hotel where Khaleda called her party followers to stay united under any circumstances and face any upcoming danger together in a peaceful and democratic manner.last_img

  • Shahidul sick needs treatment

    first_imgPhotographer Shahidul Alam. File photoPhotographer Shahidul Alam, arrested in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, is ill and needs immediate medical treatment, say his family and colleague.In a press statement, Shahidul’s partner Rahnuma Ahmed, also an anthropologist, and his colleague Saydia Gulrukh demanded the government, especially jail authorities, shift the photographer to a hospital.They issued the statement after visiting Shahidul in Keraniganj Central Jail on Eid day on Wednesday.A man and a boy hold two placards on 22 August, 2018 at Jatiya Eidgah demanding release of renowned photographer Shahidul Alam and Eden Mohila College student Lutfunnahar Luma, arrested following recent demonstrations for safe roads. Photo: Hasan RajaDuring their meet, Shahidul told them that he has been suffering from breathing difficulties and eyesight problems, and has pain in his jaw and gums.Shahidul did not have any such health-related problems before he was picked up by law enforcers from his Dhanmondi residence on 5 August, Rahnuma Ahmed and Saydia Gulrukh said in the statement.On 6 August, Shahidul was placed on a seven-day remand for interrogation over his Facebook posts on the student protests demanding safe roads.On 7 August, the High Court asked the authorities concerned to send Shahidul to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for treatment and also asked the relevant authorities to form a medical board to examine his health and submit a report on his health.In compliance with the order, the BSMMU authorities placed a report before the court on 9 August saying Shahidul was physically okay.On 16 August, a Dhaka court sent Shahidul to jail after completion of his seven-day remand.last_img read more

  • Myanmar denies report of new mass graves in Rakhine

    first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 22 January 2018. ReutersMyanmar denied on Friday that there were mass graves in a village in troubled Rakhine state, where a military crackdown on insurgents has triggered the flight of nearly 690,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh.The Associated Press has reported it had confirmed the existence of more than five previously unreported mass graves in the village of Gu Dar Pyin, through interviews with survivors in refugee camps in Bangladesh and through time-stamped cellphone videos.The Myanmar government’s Information Committee, part of the office of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a statement on its Facebook page that local authorities and security officials formed a “ground team” that investigated the report.“The ground team went to the locations that were mentioned in the AP news story as where the bodies were buried and found out that it is not true,” the statement said.“Besides, they met with local elders and villagers and asked whether there were mass killings or not and the villagers told them that there were none.”The statement said, however, that 19 “terrorists” had been killed when they attacked security forces in the village in late August and that their bodies had been “properly buried”.Two Rohingya residents, who were still in the village and spoke to Reuters by telephone, disputed the government’s statement and said that there were mass graves there. They said senior military officers visited the area on Friday, took photographs and held a meeting with the villagers.The residents, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisal, were speaking by telephone to a Reuters reporter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh. The reporter was put in touch with them by former residents who have fled Rakhine.One resident said his father attended the meeting, where officers asked how many people had been killed in the violence, who burned their houses and whether there were mass graves there.“The villagers were frightened and said they didn’t know how many had died or who had burned their houses but said, yes, there are mass graves here,” the resident said.Another resident of the village said three senior military officials arrived late in the morning, took pictures of a mass grave beside his house and then called a meeting at the school.“The senior officials are gone now but a large group of military men stayed behind and the villagers are scared,” the resident said.Suu Kyi’s spokesman referred requests for comment on the villagers’ description of events to the Rakhine state government. A spokesman from the state government was not immediately available. The military said it had no immediate comment.The AP’s Director of Media Relations Lauren Easton said the agency stood by its reporting.Reporters are not allowed access to the area, in the north of Rakhine state. The army launched a sweeping counteroffensive there in response to Rohingya militant attacks on 25 August.The United Nations has condemned the army’s campaign as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar denies that, saying its forces were carrying out legitimate counterinsurgency operations.The military has acknowledged that Buddhist villagers and soldiers killed 10 people it described as captured Muslim terrorists and buried them in a grave in the village of Inn Din in early September. It has said action will be taken against those responsible.last_img

  • Record Thanksgiving Travel Volume Predicted

    first_img X Photo via PexelsGoogle Flights says the busiest days to fly were last Friday Nov. 17 and this coming Wednesday Nov. 22.The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is Wednesday through Sunday. Some 3.9 million Texans will travel over the long weekend — 3.6 million by car. Daniel Armbruster is with AAA Texas, which lists Houston’s expected traffic hot spots on its website.“I-610 South at Beechnut and Exit 5, that’s gonna be your top hot spot that you wanna avoid. U.S. 59 and I-45 as well.” Google‘s Charlotte Smith said data collected from Android phone searches reveal the best and worst times to leave and return to Houston.“The best time to leave — actually, Thanksgiving Day itself at 6 a.m. The worst day to leave — the day before Thanksgiving at 3 p.m. The best day to return is Sunday after Thanksgiving at 6 a.m. The worst day to return is Saturday after Thanksgiving at 4 p.m.” The trade group Airlines for America credits a strong economy and low airfares for an expected record 28.5 million traveling by air — an increase of three percent over last year.Google Flights said the busiest days to fly were last Friday and this coming Wednesday — before the official holiday — and Sunday, November 26th, when everyone flies back home. Data indicates that Bush Intercontinental Airport is busiest at 2 p.m. each day this week. Travelers can also expect delays at Hobby Airport. Arrive early. 00:00 /01:06 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

  • Which is better Xbox One or PS4

    first_imgFew topics in our day-to-day lives, like choosing which game console is superior, turn otherwise civil individuals into aggressive combatants. So now it’s time to look at the evidence and answer the question for ourselves. Nearly ten months after the launch of the next-generation consoles, is the PS4 $449.95 at Amazon or Xbox One $150.00 at ebay the better platform?Microsoft and Sony have been battling one another for several generations now, though the PlayStation brand has been on shelves for a full generation longer than the Xbox. The two companies have spent years growing their brands through game exclusives and unique features, but over the last couple of years they have become increasingly similar as they match one another’s offerings.As a result of this, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were not only released in the US within weeks of each other, but managed to do so with remarkably similar hardware. Since neither company is making tremendous strides to offer mind-blowing hardware in order to differentiate from the competition, it’s all about the features and what games are available to play.Fighting for the userReleasing a games console is all about delivering the experience your users want. In the previous generation, Sony stumbled with the user interface because they released something that was a games console first and everything else second. This doesn’t sound like a bad thing, until you realize just how many steps there are in doing things like joining a WiFi network or launching Netflix to watch a movie. By comparison, Microsoft’s user experience in the previous generation was vastly superior. For this generation of consoles, Microsoft took what they had learned and decided to release something that was so much more than just a game console. In doing so, however, Microsoft accidentally put the games part of the console on the back burner.This isn’t technically a bad thing. Microsoft’s HDMI passthrough for live TV and remarkable voice controls make it a fantastic platform. If you want an entertainment platform that also plays video games, the Xbox One is awesome. In fact, it’s probably the best living room platform you can spend money on today. Unfortunately, it’s not sold as such. It’s sold as a games console, which means the people who play video games look at it and see something that isn’t video games focused, and the people who want an amazing living room platform look at it and see a games console. It floats in the middle without catering to either, and instead of working twice as hard to appeal to both, Microsoft has stuck to traditional console marketing.Meanwhile, Sony has fixed their user interface and made the PlayStation 4 the ultimate gaming machine. It places gaming front and center, but makes all of the extras accessible and comfortable to use. The PlayStation 4 is able to sit next to the Xbox One and claim that it is made for gamers by gamers and really stand out. Sony focused on making sure the launch titles were of the highest quality, while announcing features like remote play through the PS Vita and the ability to have a friend take over your console and help you out if you get stuck somewhere. It’s a future-thinking games console instead of a future-thinking entertainment platform, and to many that is a big deal.Games for every gamerIn just about every sense of the word, Microsoft’s launch of the Xbox One was a failure. The launch event itself revealed a forward-thinking entertainment platform that offered a lot of fantastic features, but the second that launch event ended everything fell to pieces. Microsoft revealed that the console would require a constant connection to the Internet in order for several of the features to work correctly, and that there was no real way to turn some of those features off. The console was also $100 more expensive that the PlayStation 4 due to the mandatory inclusion of Kinect, and there had been next to no mention of indie game support for the platform. It was a communications nightmare and it is only in the last two months that Microsoft has really started to recover from that.Sony, on the other hand, made sure to make it clear there would be next to nothing between a game developer and the PlayStation Network. Publishing a game for the PS Vita and the PS4 is so easy that by the time this post is published there are nearly twice as many games available for the PS4 as there are the Xbox One. While Sony and Microsoft are just about neck and neck when it comes to exclusive titles for their respective platforms and support for AAA titles is about the same, Sony has created an environment for indie developers that Microsoft is only beginning to cultivate. The ID @ Xbox program has finally started to draw in developers by the fistful, but we won’t see many of those titles until after the holiday season.This time next year, I believe it is very likely that Microsoft and Sony will be back to an even footing when it comes to games that are available to each platform. This year, though, as we move into the second holiday season where these platforms are available in stores, the PlayStation 4 has the Xbox One beat.Which is better?If you’re just looking at which console is superior, there can be no doubt that the PlayStation 4 is top. Microsoft has demonstrated some seriously impressive steps in an attempt to play catch up to the PS4, including releasing a Kinect-free version of the console that price matches the PS4, but going that route removes a significant portion of what makes the Xbox One special.For now, the PS4 is clearly the better option. However, there’s a single data point when comparing these two platforms that can sway the decision, and that’s whether or not your friends have the same console you have. If they all use Xbox Live and intend to continue using it and Xbox hardware, the PS4 may not even get a look in.last_img read more

  • Greek government plans to issue invitation for tourism subsidies

    first_imgThe Greek government has said that in the coming months it plans to issue an invitation to all SMEs involved with tourism to apply for subsidies amounting to 120 million euros in an effort to foster SMEs and entrepreneurship development.The parties who are eligible must provide an investment plan for the implementation of a new SME in tourism that will be funded as will its operation for up to six months from its launch.Investment projects foreseeing the completion of accommodation facilities at an advanced stage of construction but not completed and in operation due to difficulties resulting from the economic crisis will also qualify for funding.The invitation would come under the ‘Support for the Establishment and Operation of SMEs in Tourism’ program and will focus on subsidising accommodation units offering quality services while diversifying the region’s tourism product.The selected ventures will be eligible for a total budget of 80,000-400,000 euros, with aid to cover 40% of the total investment and 50% if it additionally includes wage costs.last_img read more