Algerian Army Under Pressure, Urges End of Crisis Before July 4…

Rabat – Under pressure from continued protests in Algiers, Algeria’s top army chief Gaid Salah has said that time is “running out” to end the escalating crisis in the country before elections.Salah asserted that “all options are open in the pursuit of overcoming the different difficulties” to end the crisis “as soon as possible.”Salah made his comments on Tuesday after the head of the Algerian Constitutional Council, Tayeb Belaiz, resigned. Belaiz responded to the demand of protesters, who have been calling on him and all other top officials to step down.Belaiz had resisted the protesters’ demands for two weeks after former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government resigned on April 3.The protesters are now calling on Interim President Abdelkader Bensalah to resign, demanding a radical change in the system.Following Belaiz’s resignation, Bensalah appointed a member of the council, Kamel Feniche, as the new council president.He was a member of the council since 2016.Gaid Salah called on Algerians to be patient ahead of the coming election, which will take place on July 4.On Tuesday, however, protests continued as thousands of students rallied across the country, calling on Bensalah to leave.Some politicians had previously argued that Bensalah cannot run the country due to his former Moroccan nationality.“Mr. Abdelkader [Bensalah] has a Moroccan nationality. He can be a minister, a governor, a director of an administration, but it is impossible for him to be a president,” said Rachid Nekkaz, referring to Algeria’s Constitution.The head of Algeria’s Justice and Development Front Party, Lakhdar Benkhellaf, shared the same position as Nekkaz, opposing Bensalah because he was born in Morocco.“The condition for a [leader] occupying the post of President of the Republic, is that he must have the Algerian nationality of origin. And he [Bensalah] had another nationality until 1964 during which he had obtained Algerian nationality,” he said. read more

UN official stresses importance of regional cooperation in combating terrorism

Addressing an inter-regional meeting of countries in the Persian Gulf and neighbouring regions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, yesterday, Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, encouraged the sharing of knowledge, experience and best practices on terrorism prevention.“All of your countries share the common goals of stopping the spread of terrorism and preventing terrorist attacks, so it is in the common interest that you work together and help each other,” said Mr. Fedotov.Acts of terrorism in the region are facilitated by proceeds from the smuggling of opium westward from Afghanistan, organized crime and corruption, all of which are best addressed through a comprehensive approach based on cooperation, Mr. Fedotov said.He said UNODC is keen on promoting inter-regional cooperation between North Africa and the Middle East, the Gulf region and South-West Asia. The Office recently launched a programme in Yemen to address security issues such as drug trafficking, criminal networks and terrorism and its source of financing.Mr. Fedotov commended Prince Naïf Ahmad Bin Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Interior and head of the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, for encouraging a regional approach to combating terrorism. The university is UNODC’s partner in building criminal justice capacity throughout the Gulf region.During the two-day visit to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Fedotov also met with the head of the national Anti-Terrorism Committee, Fahed Al Maghloth, and praised the Kingdom for ratifying 12 of the 16 international conventions and protocols pertaining to terrorism. 14 February 2011The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has underlined the need to strengthen regional and inter-regional law enforcement cooperation in the global fight against terrorism, stressing that all States have a common interest in preventing the menace. read more

Former top diplomat among civil society members appointed to CC

Also appointed to the Constitutional Council is Ahamed Javed Yusuf and Naganathan Selvakumaran. (Colombo Gazette) Former diplomat Jayantha Dhanapala is among three civil society members appointed to the Constitutional Council.Jayantha Dhanapala is a former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office in Geneva.

James Spader cast as villain Ultron in Avengers sequel alongside Downey Jr

James Spader cast as villain Ultron in ‘Avengers’ sequel alongside Downey Jr., Johansson AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The “Avengers” sequel has its villain.Marvel announced Thursday that James Spader will play Ultron in its “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” In the comics, the character is a robot with artificial intelligence.“Age of Ultron” is the sequel to the 2012 box office hit “The Avengers.” Disney will release it in May 2015. The film will be directed by Joss Whedon and will star Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.The 53-year-old Spader is well known for this TV work including roles on “The Practice,” ”Boston Legal” and the upcoming NBC drama “The Blacklist.” His films include 1989’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape” and last year’s “Lincoln.” by The Associated Press Posted Aug 29, 2013 4:31 pm MDT read more

Michael Johnson Does Not Want Double Amputee In Olympics

Former Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson is running amok with his mouth these days. First he said that African Americans are strong athletes because they are descendants of slaves and have a genetic advantage. He followed up that unfounded claim with a dose of total insensitivity.The world-record holder in the 400 meter race said South African sprinter and double amputee Oscar Pistorius should not be allowed to participate in the Olympics. Before he shot down Pistorius, Johnson prefaced his venom by calling the running “a friend.”“I consider Oscar a friend of mine, but he knows I am against him running,” Johnson told the London Telegraph. “Because this is not about Oscar; it’s not about him as an individual. It is about the rules you will make and put in place for the sport which will apply to anyone, and not just Oscar.”Huh?Pistorius, also known as “The Blade Runner,” has garnered a lot of attention since being approved to compete in the London Games.  The South African sprinter lost the lower part of his legs as a child and uses blade-like prosthetic limbs when he competes on the track.Johnson isn’t the first to broach the subject of whether a disabled runner whose limbs have been rebuilt with modern technology be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes? But Johnson was far from eloquent in explaining his position.Meanwhile, Pistorius finished second in a 400-meter race in Italy on Tuesday, his final tuneup for Olympics. He clocked 46.56 seconds – well off the personal best of 45.07 he ran at the same meet last year. Calvin Smith of the United States won in 45.52.“My time wasn’t among the best. But I’m good physically and mentally,” Pistorius said. “I’ve used a lot of energy in these past few days, both in training and with the media because of my participation in the Olympics. The race went well, I felt fine, I just lost a bit of acceleration halfway through.”Pistorius will become the first amputee track athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by South Africa. He’s set to compete in the individual 400 and the 4×400 relay, although the team hasn’t decided which leg he will run. read more

Bad mother stigma preventing women seeking help for postnatal depression

first_imgDr Judy Shakespeare, who co-authored the study and speaks for perinatal mental health for the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: “We know it takes an enormous amount of courage for women to approach their doctor with concerns, so it is vital that when they do they are taken seriously, not told that what they are feeling is ‘normal’, and that they feel safe and secure enough to disclose their feelings to healthcare professionals.“The routine six-week postnatal check, offered to all new mothers after giving birth, is an important opportunity for GPs and new mothers to discuss issues around mental health and wellbeing – and begin to address any resulting concerns.“But it’s incredibly hard for GPs to explore all the physical and psychological factors affecting our patients’ health within the time constraints of the consultation as it stands.” While all new mothers are currently screened for depression around six weeks after giving birth, doctors’ leaders have said the routine appointments are often too short to pick up signs of distress.One woman who took part in the surveys reviewed by the BJGP said: “There’s a huge stigma about feeling depressed, particularly postnatal”, while another said: “Coping was entwined with perceptions of good mothering.“I felt like like I was a bad mother and I couldn’t cope with it all.”Experience of unsympathetic or unhelpful staff during previous pregnancies is also preventing women seeking help, the study found.Mothers reported simply being offered a prescription for antidepressants and then “sent away”.Others were put off by having to explain their situation to a different member of staff each time. I felt like like I was a bad mother and I couldn’t cope with it allSurvey participant Women are hiding postnatal depression because they fear unsympathetic NHS staff and being labelled a “bad mother”, a new study reveals.A survey in the British Journal of General Practice also found new mothers kept quiet about mental anxiety and being unable to cope because they believed nurses would be more likely to focus on their baby’s weight than their own mental health.Postnatal depression affects between 10 and 15 per cent of women after having a baby. 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

Amazon to step into the digital currency game with Coins

first_imgFrom Facebook Credits to Nintendo Points to Bitcoins, everyone loves a good digital currency. And coming in May, Amazon will be the latest to join the fray. The online retailer has announced its plans to roll out “Amazon Coins,” which will be used for Kindle Fire owners to purchase games, apps, content, and in-app purchases on their tablets.Amazon is currently touting the new service to mobile developers, encouraging them to make sure their apps support the new payment method by April 25.Any purchases made via Amazon Coins will still give developers the same royalty payments as if the user paid with a credit card. And unlike some digital currencies that have confusing conversion rates (cough, Microsoft Points, cough), one Amazon Coin will equal one penny.In order to introduce people to the digital payment method and hopefully lure them into a state of Amazon Coin addiction, Amazon will be offering tens of millions of dollars in free coinage to Kindle Fire customers. The official press release did not specify exactly who would be entitled to the initial free giveaway and how much each user will receive.Keeping customers coming back for Amazon Coins will be an interesting proposition. After all, Amazon already has multiple ways to pay — retail store gift cards, digital gifting, etc. Offering a payment option that has a more limited scope is a tricky sell. Amazon will likely continue to offer special promotions and offers to get customer dollars locked in to high-margin digital content as opposed to physical products on second takeaway from this news is that it further cements Amazon as its own tablet entity, highly segregated from the rest of the Android community. The fact that the Kindle Fire brand is going to have its own payment ecosystem shows just how much power Amazon holds in the market.last_img read more

WTF Wednesday Celebrate National SciFi Day With These Eerie Books

first_img The New Year is here, which means it might be time to catch up on some good reads. Jan. 2 is National Science Fiction Day, so why not celebrate with some eerie novels?On Wednesday, sci-fi fans worldwide will celebrate the holiday, which corresponds with the birthday of Isaac Asimov, a famous sci-fi author. Asimov is known for his books the Galactic Empire Series, the Foundation Series, and the Robot Series. According to the Richard Dawkins Foundation, Asimov would have celebrated his 99th birthday today.#OTD 1/2/1920 Isaac Asimov, atheist & humanist, was born. He was a prolific sci-fi author best known the “Foundation”, “Galactic Empire”, & “Robot” book series.“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”-I.A.— Richard Dawkins Foundation ⚧ (@rdfrs) January 2, 2019In honor of National Science Fiction Day, we’ve rounded up the best sci-fi novels that deserve a spot on your bookshelf. From power-hungry animals to creepy climate change, here are our top eight sci-fi novels.The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, a pair of friends explore space with the ultimate squad: Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie, Trillian, an old romance interest from another time zone, Marvin, a clinically depressed robot, and Veet Voojagig, a former student obsessed with ballpoint pens.Buy it HereAmerican Gods‘American Gods’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Shadow, a former prisoner, is trying to get his life back on track after a horrible tragedy. When he decides to accept employment from a stranger dubbed Mr. Wednesday, he realizes that America has another fantasy dimension. American Gods follows Shadow’s journey through a magical U.S. landscape.Buy it HereStranger In A Strange Land‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Valentine Michael Smith isn’t your typical young adult. Formerly raised by Martians, Smith leaves Mars and travels to Earth to learn how to be human. In Stranger In A Strange Land, Smith’s arrival stirs up trouble on the planet and might change its inhabitants forever.Buy it HereNecrotech‘Necrotech’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Riko, a street thug, has a lot on her plate: She’s lost her memory and her girlfriend was turned into a tech-fueled zombie. Necrotech puts Riko to the ultimate test, as she has to come face-to-face with a huge conspiracy that might alter humankind with tech and flesh.Buy it HereAnimal Farm‘Animal Farm’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)George Orwell makes all our nightmares come true in Animal Farm. A pack of barnyard animals decide to rebel against their inhumane master, but they soon realize that they’re the real monsters in the situation.Buy it HereWildcard‘Wildcard’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)Sometime in the future, Emika Chen has to fight against the man she loves. When she learns about Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can’t trust his sinister motives. Will Emika and the Phoenix Riders stop Hideo’s evil plans before it’s too late? You’ll have to read Wildcard to find out.Buy it Here2001: A Space Odyssey‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)The crew of the Discovery spacecraft has the ultimate showdown with HAL 9000, an strange computer that controls their vessel in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Once they leave Earth’s borders, their intergalactic journey begins to take a horrific turn.Buy it HereBlackfish City‘Blackfish City’ (Photo Credit: Amazon)When a strange woman arrives in Qaanaaq, a floating Arctic city, she brings an orca and a polar bear with her for the ride. Will she alter humanity, which has been destroyed by extreme climate change? Blackfish City shows a hellish perspective on dramatic environmental changes.Buy it HereMore on Wednesday: Amsterdam Cheese Museum Is a ‘Grate’ Attraction WTF? Wednesday: ‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food MuseumWTF? Wednesday: Feast Your Eyes on the World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

Citations for driving with phones up sevenfold

first_imgOLYMPIA— One year after using handheld cellphones while driving became a primary offense in the state, citations for violating the law have increased more than sevenfold in Southwest Washington.As of today — the one-year anniversary of the amped-up law — the Washington State Patrol reports handing out 647 citations in the past year in Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Klickitat counties for handheld cellphone use while driving.The law deems illegal merely holding a phone up to one’s ear while driving, but troopers could not pull anyone over specifically for this violation the previous year. That year, troopers in the area issued 91 citations to drivers chatting on cellphones.Far more drivers in the area also received warnings for violating the law. That number shot up from 366 last year to 1,155 this year. Whether to issue a warning or a citation when pulling a driver over is entirely up to individual officers, WSP spokesman Bob Calkins said. “Some troopers will decide before they ever get out of the car,” Calkins said. “Others will wait until they hear the person’s story.”last_img read more

Virgin Galactic astronauts will suit up in Under Armour in space and

first_img $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Sarah Tew/CNET Tags See It Read the AirPods review Best Buy The Cheapskate $520 at HP Turo Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See at Turo Post a comment Rylo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 0 VSS Unity during an April 2018 test flight.  Virgin Galactic For Virgin Galactic astronauts, the answer to the question of “What does one wear in space?” will be Under Armour. That means both spacesuits and boots, as well as uniforms for those back on Earth, according to a blog post from the companies Thursday.”The custom-fitted Under Armour spacesuits will inspire confidence through comfort and practicality without compromising the natural desire of every Virgin Galactic astronaut both to feel good and look good during this unparalleled life experience,” the post said. The full line of space apparel will be out later in the year, in advance of Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight. In December, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space plane, the VSS Unity, skimmed the edge of space (at 51.4 miles, or 82.7 kilometers) during a crewed test flight. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Sci-Tech Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.center_img DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Virgin Galactic,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $6 at Tidal Boost Mobile $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Comments Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET $210 at Best Buy 7 Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Amazonlast_img read more

House erected encroaching on Ichhamati

first_imgThe two-storey building is seen in Dhaka’s Nawabganj upazila. Photo: Prothom AloA powerful man has built a two-storey house, grabbing land that is part of Ichhamati river in Shikaripara of Nawabganj upazila in Dhaka.According to allegations, a certain Mazedur Rahman with help of Shikaripara union parishad chairman Alimur Rahman has recently made the house encroaching on 15 per cent of the riverbed of Ichhamati in the area.Mazedur Rahman, who is a manpower exporter, claimed that he constructed the house on his own land that he bought recently.But local people alleged that the building was on the land of the Ichhamati river.According to the local people, one late Akkas Ali, of Shikaripara union, was the owner of a piece of land measuring 8.5 decimal on the bank of Ichhamati river. The land disappeared into the river in 2001.Later in 2012, according to Mazedur, he bought the land from Akkas Ali’s family. In the beginning of 2017, Mazedur started constructing the building there.According to law, when a piece of land disappears into river, the government becomes the owner of the land when it reappears.Accordingly, this piece of land, being used by Mazedur, is owned by the government.Also, more than one members of a local crematorium committee accused Mazedur of grabbing 15 per cent of their crematorium there.The committee members said Mazedur got angry when they protested at the construction.When the local UP chairman, Alimur was informed about the matter, and requestd to resolve the issue, he rather helped Mazedur to continue the construction work, according to allegation.Local man Nripen Haldar said, “Mazedur has 8.5 decimal land on the bank of the river, but he erected the building grabbing the land of the river and crematorium. We seek the government’s intervention in this regard.”Defending the accused, the UP chairman Alimur said, “Mazedur neither grabbed the river’s land nor did I help him in this regard.”“The width of the river was 80 feet, but it has recently been expanded to 300 feet. So, it’s Mazedur’s land,” he argued.“If I’ve grabbed the river, BIWTA (Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority) will look into the matter. Why will I reply to your questions?” Mazedur told this correspondent.last_img read more

18 dead in Mogadishu Shabaab restaurant assault

first_imgSomali security forces patrol at the site of a terror attack outside the Pizza House restaurant in Mogadishu. Photo: AFPA suicide car bombing and armed assault by six Shabaab militants on two neighbouring restaurants in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu ended Thursday morning with at least 18 dead, the government said.“The operation is over now and the gunmen were killed by the security forces,” said Mohamed Ahmed Arab, spokesman for Somalia’s security ministry.He said the six attackers-one suicide bomber and five gunmen-“attacked business places and killed innocent civilians: 18 civilians were killed, including a Syrian national, and more than 10 others were wounded.”The attack began at around 8pm (1700GMT) on Wednesday evening with a suicide car bombing at the Posh Treats restaurant and club, after which gunmen stormed inside the nearby Pizza House restaurant. The Syrian national is believed to have been a chef at Pizza House.Both venues are popular with affluent, young and diaspora Somalis and were busy as customers broke the Ramadan fast.Islamist attacks often increase in tempo during the holy month but Wednesday’s was the first major assault by the Shabaab this Ramadan.‘I could not stop my tears’ The gunmen spent the night roaming the restaurant killing those they found trapped before they were eventually killed by security forces whose operation had been slowed by the darkness.Survivors and witnesses described chaos after the bomb went off.“I was about to have dinner when the blast threw me to the ground,” said Abdikarim Ahmed, a customer at Posh Treats. “I rushed to the nearby exit and went out. I could see the chaos caused by the blast and shrapnel everywhere.”Abdukadir Mohamed, who was close by, said it was the loudest blast he had ever heard in years living in Mogadishu. “It was very close. I could see the huge fire it caused, the dust, destruction, everything. Both Pizza House and Posh Treats were on fire. The whole area looked like a different place,” he said.Others spoke of finding dead relatives and friends. “One of my neighbours was among the dead, a young innocent girl. When I saw her body this morning I could not stop my tears,” said Abdiwahid Ali.Worshippers in a neighbouring mosque were thrown to the ground and felt the walls shake and windows shatter.“You cannot recognise this area,” said Hawa Ahmed, a local resident and a regular at Pizza House, who had opted not to visit last night.“Where there were two beautiful restaurants, this morning there is complete devastation and death, blood and body parts everywhere.”‘Nightclub’ targetedThe Shabaab, an al-Qaeda aligned militant group that carries out regular suicide bombings and raids in the capital against civilian, government and military targets, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted a “nightclub” frequented by “foreigners, government and intelligence officials”.Pizza House, where most of the civilian victims were killed, is a popular outdoor spot for iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast.Posh Treats in a converted villa across the road is a liberal hangout with shisha pipes and a disco, a rarity in Mogadishu.The austere Shabaab group, which wants to impose a Taliban-style rule on Somalia, has been fighting for the last decade to overthrow successive internationally-backed governments in Mogadishu and has also launched attacks in Kenya and Uganda, both contributors to a 22,000-strong African Union force in the country.Although pushed out of the capital in 2011 the group still controls parts of the countryside, where a drought threatens to tip into famine this year.last_img read more

WestJet is Karismas Preferred Partner for October

first_img Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Sharecenter_img WestJet is Karisma’s Preferred Partner for October Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts, WestJet MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts has teamed up with WestJet Vacations, naming the Calgary-based tour operator as its Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of October for the Canadian market.The Karisma Preferred Partner program highlights a different partner from Canada and the U.S. each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive bookings while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.With October’s promotion WestJet clients will receive savings of up to 55% off plus up to US$1,000 in resort credit. Kids stay free when staying with two adults at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. These offers are available for clients booking by Oct. 31, 2017 for travel from Oct. 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018. It is not combinable with other promotions and is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights, valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Generations Riviera Maya and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthKarisma’s Preferred Partners also get a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal for the month, and dedicated social media and press outreach.last_img read more

Israel strikes Hamas post in Gaza after rocket attacks

first_img Sponsored Stories A Jihadist Salafi group that supports the Islamic State took responsibility for the rocket attack toward Israel, the second time it has done so in a week.Hamas, which has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since 2007, sees the radical group as a threat. The group said the attack was to retaliate the killing of one of its members at the hands of Hamas. A day before that killing the group gave Hamas a 48-hour ultimatum to end its crackdown on the Salafis.Even so, Israel considers Gaza’s Hamas rulers responsible for any attacks originating from the area it controls.“When the sirens sounded this evening in Israel more than 140,000 Israeli lives were at jeopardy. Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live normal lives but instead Hamas chooses to use the Gaza Strip as a launch pad for rocket attacks,” said military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. “The IDF will act against the aggression, will act against those that wish to terrorize Israel and will act to protect Israelis in the line of indiscriminate Gaza rocket fire.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Top Stories JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas training sites in Gaza early Thursday in response to earlier rocket fire toward Israel from the strip, the Israeli military said. Gaza’s militant Hamas group said there were no casualties in the attack after they had evacuating their posts earlier in anticipation of the Israeli retaliation.Rocket fire has mostly subsided since last summer’s war between Hamas and Israel but there has been some occasionally. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Sunshine Coast offers Azamara a calm port amidst Cyclone Debbie storm

first_imgCruise passengers from Azamara arrive are greeted by Visit Sunshine Coast volunteers at MooloolabaSunshine Coast offers Azamara a calm port amidst Cyclone Debbie stormSunshine Coast’s port of Mooloolaba offered sunny skies and a warm welcome for 600 cruise passengers on board the Azamara, which made a surprise stopover (yesterday 27 March) after the ship was forced to re-jig its scheduled itinerary in the wake of Cyclone Debbie’s destructive path in north Queensland.Originally scheduled to sail to the Whitsundays enroute to Singapore, passengers were able to enjoy perfect conditions on the Sunshine Coast, with Visit Sunshine Coast volunteers and staff co-ordinating tour activities for the passengers to explore the region.The Whitsunday’s loss was estimated to provide a $250,000 gain to the Sunshine Coast’s tourism economy.Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said a team of volunteers had quickly assembled to welcome the guests, and while the stopover was unscheduled, the passengers had been very thankful they were greeted so warmly.“You’ve got to make hay while the sun shines,” Mr Latchford said.“It provided a great opportunity for people from southern Australian cities, Asia, and Europe to have a look at what we offer on the Sunshine Coast, and they were very happy with what they experienced. Hopefully they will return for a longer visit in the future.“It’s great for Mooloolaba, which has gone out of its way to establish itself as an attractive port for cruise vessels over the past few years.”Source = Visit Sunshine Coastlast_img read more

Globus family of brands has confirmed the resignat

first_imgGlobus family of brands has confirmed the resignation of Troy Ackerman, General Manager New Zealand, effective 9 August 2019.Mr Ackerman joined Globus in Sydney in 2009 and transferred to Auckland to lead the company’s New Zealand business in 2014.“We would like to thank Troy for his significant contribution over the past 10 years, both in Australia and further developing the Globus family of brands in New Zealand. He will be sadly missed, and we wish him every success for the future,” Managing Director Australasia Gai Tyrrell said.Ms Tyrrell confirmed that Globus would commence the search for a new leader for New Zealand following Mr Ackerman’s departure in August. GlobusGlobus family of brandsNew Zealandlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. – Ask Chandler Jones about his season, in particular his recent run of success, and the sixth-year linebacker quickly downplays his performance.For him, there’s always room for improvement.His coaches and teammates, however, rave about his play.“He’s playing at a, not a Pro Bowl level, not just an all-pro level, he’s playing at a Defensive Player of the Year level,” defensive coordinator James Bettcher said. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates a defensive stop against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 4 Comments   Share   “Bloody is a great word,” Jones said, when told of Bettcher’s comments. “Physical means bloody. I feel like if you put the fear, or you let the opposing player across from you know that they’re aware of your strength and your power, I feel like they’ll think about it the whole game and I feel like I utilize it a lot, especially in the fourth quarter.”Aside from talent, Jones’ success this season can largely be attributed to two things: 1) comfort and 2) weight loss.Jones is in his second year with the Cardinals, so not only has he become more familiar with his teammates but them with him. Coaches, too, as they recognize where to put him in the best positions to make plays.Jones is also lighter. His current playing weight is 255 pounds, a good 10-20 pounds lighter than a year ago; something he credits to offseason training with his brother, Jon Jones, an accomplished MMA fighter. Jones believes the weight loss has helped increase his stamina, allowing him to maintain a high level of play even into the fourth quarter.The proof is in the numbers.Not only does Jones lead the league in sacks but his 20 tackles for loss and 25 quarterback hits are also tops in the NFL. “If there was a stat for disruption, he’d be leading the league in that stat, too. There’s no question,” Bettcher said. “A disruptive play on any down and distance, whether it’s affecting the quarterback, affecting the run game. You go talk to offensive coaches, they got to gameplan for him. They have to. He’s playing at a really high level right now.”Disruptive is a good description for how Jones played against the Jaguars, especially against the run. Three of his tackles for loss were wrapping up Fournette behind the line of scrimmage, while his five total TFLs were more than any player has had in a game in the last two seasons.Jones, though, wants to hear none of that. His focus is on the Los Angeles Rams.“I always feel like I can play better, and I know you guys are saying I’m being humble but this isn’t my best football,” he said. “I have to play perfect football in order for this team to win so hopefully we can get that done on Sunday.” “Chandler is playing out of this world right now. We riding his wave right now,” linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He making it look real easy, I’ll tell you that much.”So, too, can the Jacksonville Jaguars.Last Sunday, Jones spent nearly as much time in the Jaguars’ backfield as quarterback Blake Bortles and running back Leonard Fournette. Jones finished the game with six tackles, two sacks, a career-high five tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed.It was Jones’ third two-sack game of the season, giving him 12 on the season, one more than 2016 and leaving him a half-sack shy of matching his career-high.Again, though, ask Jones about his sack total, which is tops in the NFL, tied with Minnesota’s Everson Griffen, and he’ll bring up the ones he’s missed. Jones reasons he missed two sacks last week and should’ve had two more—he had one—at Detroit, back in Week 1.“Even talking about it hurts me so I don’t want to talk about missing sacks. How about we end that convo,” he said, smiling, Thursday.Bettcher, who likes to move Jones up-and-down the defensive line and even drop him into coverage, said Jones brings a “bloody element to the game” of football. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

Court allows submission of potentially key evidence in doublemurder trial

first_imgThe criminal court on Thursday allowed the submission of a potentially key piece of evidence in the trial of four suspects for the double murder of a couple that took place in Nicosia in April last year.The court rejected a defence motion to prevent two notebooks belonging to the main suspect, 33-year-old Loizos Tzionis, from being presented in court.Tzionis, believed to be the mastermind of the crime, his half-brother Lefteris Solomou, 23, girlfriend Sarah Shams, 21, and Marios Hadjixenophontos, 22, have been charged with the premeditated murder of Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 60, and his wife Dina Sergiou, 59.The four had planned to rob the coupleInvestigators found a notebook in a car belonging to Tzionis’ grandfather, in which the defendant allegedly wrote all the facts relating to the case. Tzionis had used the car after the crime. Police had told the court previously that his girlfriend had also written in the notebook.The defence claimed police obtained the notebook illegally, without having first securing a search warrant. It had asked the court for a trial within a trial to decide the matter, arguing that Tzionis couldn’t have given permission to search the vehicle because it was not his.The criminal court rejected the defence’s position, noting that the vehicle had been seized by police a week after the murder, on April 25, and it remained in custody as part of the investigation. On May 4, it was searched and the notebook in question was found, the court said.“The exhibit (car), which is in the possession of the police legally as part of the investigation, can undergo any treatment within reason, without the prior order or approval of the court,” the court said. “Something like this can be done irrespective of who the owner is.”The court went on to add that the police had every right to open and search the vehicle every time there was suspicion that evidence could be found that would help resolve the case.“This could be done without obtaining a search warrant before and without the explicit permission of either the owner or the user.”It would be unreasonable for a warrant to be issued each time a new search of a legally seized exhibit was needed, the court said.The court adjourned for January 23 when it is scheduled to conduct a walkthrough of the crime scene on Zalongos Street in Strovolos.The couple were found in their bedroom stabbed multiple times.All four had admitted their involvement in the crime, according to police, with Tzionis being the mastermind and the person who killed the couple.The couple’s son, 15, was inside the house at the time but the perpetrators didn’t hurt him.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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