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8 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talks

first_imgMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn’t use the restroom because he wasn’t a paying customer.He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.A few minutes later, they hardly noticed when the police came into the coffee shop — until officers started walking in their direction.“That’s when we knew she called the police on us,” Nelson told The Associated Press in the first interview by the two black men since video of their April 12 trespassing arrests touched off a furor around the U.S. over racial profiling or what has been dubbed “retail racism” or “shopping while black.”Nelson and Robinson were led away in handcuffs from the shop in the city’s well-to-do Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood in an incident recorded on a white customer’s cellphone.In the week since, the men have met with Starbucks’ apologetic CEO and have started pushing for lasting change at the coffee shop chain, including new policies on discrimination and ejecting customers.“We do want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anybody again,” Robinson said. “What if it wasn’t us sitting there? What if it was the kid that didn’t know somebody that knew somebody? Do they make it to jail? Do they die? What happens?”On Thursday, they also got an apology from Philadelphia police Commissioner Richard Ross, a black man who at first staunchly defended his officers’ handling of the encounter.“I should have said the officers acted within the scope of the law, and not that they didn’t do anything wrong,” Ross said. “Words are very important.”At a news conference, a sombre Ross said he “failed miserably” in addressing the arrests. He said that the issue of race is not lost on him and that he shouldn’t be the person making things worse.“Shame on me if, in any way, I’ve done that,” he said.He also said the police department did not have a policy for dealing for such situations but does now and it will be released soon.Nelson and Robinson said they went to the Starbucks to meet Andrew Yaffe, a white local businessman, over a potential real estate opportunity. Three officers showed up not long after. Nelson said they weren’t questioned but were told to leave immediately.Yaffe showed up as the men were being handcuffed and could be seen in the video demanding an explanation for the officers’ actions. Nelson and Robinson did not resist arrest.“When you know that you did nothing wrong, how do you really react to it?” Nelson said. “You can either be ignorant or you can show some type of sophistication and act like you have class. That was the choice we had.”It was not their first encounter with police. But neither had been arrested before, setting them apart from many of those they grew up with in their gritty southwest Philadelphia neighbourhood.Nelson and Robinson spent hours in a jail cell and were released after midnight, when the district attorney declined to prosecute them.Nelson said he wondered if he’d make it home alive.“Any time I’m encountered by cops, I can honestly say it’s a thought that runs through my mind,” Nelson said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”Starbucks has said the coffee shop where the arrests occurred has a policy that restrooms are for paying customers only, but the company has no overall policy. The men’s attorney, Stewart Cohen, said they were illegally profiled.The arrests prompted protests at the Starbucks and a national boycott. Kevin Johnson, CEO of the Seattle-based company, came to Philadelphia to meet with the men, called the arrests “reprehensible” and ordered more than 8,000 Starbucks stores closed on the afternoon of May 29 so that nearly 175,000 employees can receive training on unconscious bias. Starbucks has not identified the employee who called police.Robinson said that he appreciates the public support but that anger and boycotting Starbucks are not the solution.The men said they are looking for more lasting results and are in mediation with Starbucks to make changes, including the posting in stores of a customer bill of rights; the adoption of new policies on customer ejections and racial discrimination; and independent investigations of complaints.“You go from being someone who’s just trying to be an entrepreneur, having your own dreams and aspirations, and then this happens,” Nelson said. “How do you handle it? Do you stand up? Do you fight? Do you sit down and just watch everyone else fight for you? Do you let it slide, like we let everything else slide with injustice?”___Whack is The Associated Press’ national writer for race and ethnicity. Follow her work on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelouslast_img read more

Modis rallies in Kolkata Siliguri on April 3

first_imgKolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies – one at north Bengal’s Siliguri and other at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground — on April 3 ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a party leader said on Sunday. “His first public meeting will be in Siliguri at 1 p.m. and then he will attend a rally at Brigade Parade Ground at 3 p.m.,” BJP leader Mukul Roy told reporters. He said no political party had earlier shown the courage to organise a Brigade rally as well as a rally in North Bengal in one day. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We will successfully organise both the rallies in the time frame of just 10 days. People of north Bengal will come to Siliguri while supporters and activists will join the Brigade rally,” he said. Modi held three rallies in Bengal’s Thakurnagar, Durgapur and Jalpaiguri in February where he launched a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, blaming it for violence, corruption and extortion. Permission for party’s “Save Democracy” programme was denied by West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and a planned rally at the iconic Brigade could not be organised earlier because it was initially part of the Save democracy programme, Roy said. The Bharatiya Janata Party holds two Lok Sabha seats in the state and hopes to win at least 22 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. West Bengal will see seven-phased polling from April 11 to May 19.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer team returns home for match against another ranked

Then-sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom (25) kicks the ball during a game against Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 9 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoComing off a three-week road swing, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will prepare to host its first conference game this weekend.After playing to a 3-3 double-overtime draw against in-state rival No.11 Akron on Wednesday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on another ranked opponent in No. 13 Penn State at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Before its game against Akron, OSU was on a four-game losing streak, trying to find its momentum. Despite the team’s disappointing start to the season, it did not let it affect its mindset going into Wednesday’s game as the Buckeyes came from behind to tie the game against Akron.“We would have liked to get the win,” senior midfielder and co-captain Zach Mason said. “But I think it showed a lot about the heart this team has and the character to bounce back from a tough stretch and play a ranked opponent toe-to-toe; so I think we’re headed in the right direction.”OSU proved to be able to keep up with a ranked competitor, but the Buckeyes will face another heavy challenge as they prepare to face No.13 Penn State.“They are very solid and organized all over the pitch, and they have a few attacking plays where they can unlock the door and score a goal,” senior defender and co-captain Liam Doyle said. “So as hard as they are to beat, they’re also dangerous at getting a goal or two, so we have to be on our game against them.”Mason said that the team would really have to take its chances this weekend because it is going to be a 90-minute battle.Despite the challenge OSU will likely face, Doyle said the team would like the fans to come out and support the team on Sunday.“I think Ohio State and Penn State have a rivalry in a lot of sports and what else is there to do on Sunday afternoon a 3 p.m.?” Doyle said. “Might as well come out in the nice weather and enjoy the game.”About the Nittany LionsPenn State comes into Sunday’s game after defeating 10th-ranked Indiana 1-0 on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State stands at 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in Big Ten play. Freshman forward Marc Curran leads the team with six goals, while senior midfielder Brian James has three goals and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano is 4-1-1 overall with a 0.48 goals against average and .880 save percentage and has played a total of 470 minutes.What’s next?Following Sunday’s action, the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Dayton at 7 p.m. on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Deschamps has prepared France for Cavani

first_imgFrance boss Didier Deschamps insists that he has prepared his side for facing Edinson Cavani ahead of their quarter-final clash with Uruguay, regardless of whether he plays or notThe Paris Saint-Germain forward was the hero for Uruguay in their previous knockout round against Portugal, where his stunning goals proved to be the difference in the 2-1 win over the European champions.However, Cavani’s heroics came at a price and he was seen limping off the pitch towards the end of the game with a calf injury with some assistance from Cristiano Ronaldo.Since then, Cavani had missed three consecutive training sessions with the Uruguay squad as of Wednesday and did some minor work on Thursday.Although he still appears to be a likely doubt for their last-eight match against France.But Deschamps is not taking that for granted.Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-GermainKylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.“I am preparing my team for Cavani. Whether he plays or not, we will know tomorrow. If he doesn’t play, (Oscar) Tabarez has other options. I have prepared my team keeping different options in mind,” said the French coach, according to Hindustan Times.The 49-year-old feels that France must put their thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina behind with Uruguay set to be an entirely different challenge altogether.“This Uruguayan side has a different profile from Argentina. We have to be very patient. They are extremely well organised in defence,” he said.“If they need 10 players to defend, they will do that. When they don’t have ball possession, they know what to do; everybody defends, even the striker defends.”But Deschamps knows there is more to Uruguay than their defence, he added: “They can counter-attack very quickly. We must also bear in mind that this is a team that knows how to take advantages of set-pieces.”Uruguay and France will face off at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium today at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

Rodgers not too disappointed after draw

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he wasn’t too despondent at his team’s inability to record a win against Livingston in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.The first draw in six league games for the champions was still enough for them to reclaim top spot in the Premiership for the first time this season.“I thought it was a good game and credit to both teams.” Rodgers said, according to Daily Mail.“We did the basics very, very well. Livingston test you with how they play with throw-ins, deep free-kicks and I thought we stood up that really well.”Generous in his praise for the performance of Livingston keeper Liam Kelly, the former Liverpool manager continued:“We had chances and their goalkeeper was man of the match.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He made three fantastic saves and I have no complaints. My team has given everything over the last seven weeks and we have to give credit to Livingston. They are a tough team to break down and they have been up at the top.”“The season started slowly for us. But I’ve been so pleased with the last seven weeks or so – the performance level.”“We were never going to reach top level today in terms of goals and creativity as the surface is really difficult for that.”“You add to that a team which defends really well and it was always going to be difficult for us. It’s a good point here on the back of all the games we’ve had.”“So we’ll take the positive from it of which there were a lot.”“Our form and our rhythm has been really positive. We hope they all come back from international duty fresh and fit and we’ll look forward to a busy but exciting period between now and the mid-season break. So it’s looking really good for us.”last_img read more

Police reports on an attack on Sweet ts Employee on stolen items

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA Sweet T’s restaurant worker was attacked and hospitalized after two masked men entered the restaurant demanding cash.Both men fled the scene before the police arrived. The woman was treated for her injuries and released. Also, police report that a home under construction was broken into and nine rolls of paint steel and a gallon of gas were stolen … and a home in Five Cays lost a television set, a DVD player and a cell-phone at the arms of robbers. The Police is also investigating a Malicious Damage to Property incident in the Long Bay area, where it was discovered that the wires in a breaker box were cut.last_img read more

Logos Hope comes to Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 14th 2017: If you’re looking for a good book to read or something different to do this summer vacation with family, you might be interested in checking out the Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, set to anchor at the Freeport Harbour in Grand Bahama, from July 29th for a week until August 6th. The Logos Hope boasts of over Five thousand affordable books for purchase, and offers a wide array of fun filled events onboard.The ship’s team met with Ian Rolle, President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority for advanced planning and discussed their upcoming visit, and the potential unique opportunities its arrival will bring to Grand Bahamians. Logos Hope project coordinator Filipe Leite, says “The crew of the Logos Hope is very unique because we are all Christians. We all believe in Jesus as our savior and we join as volunteers for the period of two or three years.”He went on to describe the organization’s motto of “bringing knowledge, help and hope” and explained their initiative to provide easy and affordable global access to literature.Logos Hope is operated by GBA (Good Books for All) Ships, an international charitable organization registered in Germany. Since its launch in 1970, the organization has welcomed over 45 million visitors in more than 150 countries worldwide.And if you want to learn more, you can visit the Facebook page, “Logos Hope visits The Bahamas.”last_img read more

Consumer Advertising Pages Decline Again Falling 266 Percent in Q3

first_imgConsumer ad pages fell for the ninth out of 10 quarters since the Publishers InformationBureau began reporting on a quarterly basis in mid-2007, according to the group’slatest figures, released late Friday.During the third quarter 2009, pages fell 26.6 percent compared to the same period last year. Estimated ad revenues for the third quarter closed at $4.53 billion, down 18.6 percent.Ad pages increased 0.1 percent increase during the final three months of 2007, according to PIB. Through the first nine months of 2009, ad pages dropped 27.2 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Estimated ad revenue, meanwhile, decreased 20.3 percent to $13.66 billion.Of the 12 advertising categories tracked by PIB, Food & Food Products saw an increase in ad pages—3.9 percent compared to the same period last year. Automotive (-46.1 percent) and Financial, Insurance and Real Estate (-43.1) continued to see the biggest ad page losses.“Those gains [in Food and Food Products] suggest that marketers are adjusting their approach to economic conditions, for example, by trying to appeal to consumers who are choosing to dine and entertain at home,” Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and CMO Ellen Oppenheim said in a statement.Fiften magazines during the third quarter reported ad page declines of 50 percent or greater. U.S. News & World Report—the former newsweekly that went to biweekly then to monthly circulation—saw the steepest declines, falling 91.2 percent to 27 ad pages, compared to 305.93 during the same period last year. Sport Fishing saw ad pages fall 73.6 percent and Sound & Vision’s pages fell 61.1 percent during the period.National Geographic Kids was the biggest gainer during the period, with pages increasing 76.3 percent. Rounding out the top three were AMI’s Country Weekly (42.5 percent) and Family Circle (31.5). Other notable gainers include Saturday Evening Post (22.8 percent), Scholastic Parent & Child (16.8), OK! (13.5), The Week (12.8) and Life & Style (8.4).Through the third quarter, U.S. News & World Report saw pages decline 75.6 percent. A number of boating magazines also had a difficult first nine months, including Power Cruising (-85.3 percent), Boating Life (-63.1), Power & Motoryacht (-56) and Boating (-50.6).In October, Condé Nast shuttered four magazines which all saw significant losses through the first three quarters: Cookie (-18.2 percent), Elegant Bride (-39.2), Modern Bride (-24.2) and long-running Gourmet (-44.4).The biggest gainers through the first nine months included Country Weekly (18 percent), OK! (15.5) and Family Circle (15.4).last_img read more

VA Expands Private Sector Care Eligibility

first_img ADC AUTHOR More veterans could access private sector health care under new guidelines the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday and which will be put in place by June.Veterans who live more than 30 minutes from a VA clinic or who are waiting more than 20 days for appoints would have more options to get care outside the system, according to Military Times. The current standards are for 40-minute drives and 30-day waits.Congress mandated that the VA establish new standards for who can access outside care.“The future of the VA health care system will lie in the hands of veterans, exactly where it should be,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for November 13 Truck Does 15K In Damages Vehicles Egged

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, November 13, 2018:2 vehicles were involved in a crash in front of Starbucks on Main Street. No injuries noted. Airbags deployed. Both vehicles towed. (6:42am)Police conducted an ALICE drill at the Shawsheen Elementary School. (9:10am)Police received report that on Friday, October 26, a Waste Management Co. truck backed into a sign in the parking lot of Super Petroleum, causing $15,000 in damage. (3:26pm)A Shady Lane Drive caller reported her vehicle has been egged multiple times overnight. No permanent damage done. Caller requested a log entry be made and extra patrols in the neighborhood. (3:36pm)A party found a shotgun shell in their attic while cleaning. Police retrieved for destruction. (5:29pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 12: 2 Drivers Issued Summonses; Drone FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Nintendo Switch sales hit nearly 37 million but companys profits are down

first_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Nintendo Switch sold 36.87 million units by the end of June. Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET Even though the Nintendo Switch hit 36.87 million units sold by the end of June, Nintendo on Tuesday reported a 10% decline in its quarterly profits. Despite revenue of 172 billion yen ($1.6 billion), the Japanese company said “foreign exchange losses of 12 billion yen and other factors” resulted in 16.6 billion yen profit for the quarter.In the same quarter last year, Nintendo’s operating profit was 30.5 billion yen, and its revenue was 168 billion yen, so its profit fell 45.7% year over year. See It Now playing: Watch this: However, strong Switch sales (2.1 million for the quarter) are bringing that device closer to the SNES, which sold 49.1 million in total, and Super Mario Maker 2 managed to sell 2.42 million copies in three days — it came out June 28.Nintendo’s aiming to sell 18 million Switches for the year ending March 2020, with the cheaper Switch Lite revision coming out Sept. 20. It’s no doubt hoping big releases like Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield will bolster sales. Walmart See it Share your voice Post a comment 29 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 Amazon $299 Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) $299 See It News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? $289 Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions Nintendo Switch $299 8:34 Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Nintendo Consoles Gaming The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch 0 Tags Best Buy See Itlast_img read more

Dharwad tragedy forgotten 12 girls yet to be rescued even after 48

first_imgDharwad building collapsetwitterThe death toll in the Dharwad building collapse in Karnataka has risen to seven with reports coming in that 12 college girls, along with several others, are still trapped under the debris even after 48 hours of the tragedy.The incident took place at Kumareshwara Nagar in the district on Tuesday and nearly 100 people were reported to be trapped in the rubbles. Now the question that arises is – with the nation facing Lok Sabha elections, is this incident being forgotten?It is felt that the issue has not been given the importance that it deserves or is being ignored by the mass despite the negligence of the contractors and local authorities.What led to the collapse?According to reports, the collapse took place due to a weak foundation of the commercial complex and the use of substandard material for the construction of the four-storied building in a 60×80 plot. The building was under construction from the past two years.The building is owned by Congress leader and former Karnataka minister Vinay Kulkarni’s father-in-law Gangadhar Shintre, Mahabaleshwar Shivappa Puradagudi, Basavaraj Demappa Nigadi and Ravi Basavaraj Sabarad. The first and second floor of the building was already rented out.Police have filed an FIR under section 304 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the building owners.Rescue operationsThe local police and fire personnel had initiated the rescue operations. On Wednesday, another team of 110 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officers from Ghaziabad were deployed to Dharwad and did the rescue operations along with 45 Bengaluru NDRF personnel.The rescue operations are being jointly conducted by NDRF and State Disaster Relief Response (SDRF). A total of 54 people have been rescued and seven bodies have been retrieved.The deceased are identified as Ashit Hiremath (28) from Dharwad, his father Mahesh Hiremath (62), Shivashakti Colony, Hubballi, Salim Makandar (35) of Hubballi, Maboobsab Raichur (48), Mehboobsab Desai (55) of Hubballi and Aslam Sheikh (50).College girls trapped in the rubbleThe officials received information from Prakash Kudatarkar who runs a cyber café in the building that 12 girls from the north Karnataka region and his son Anup were feared trapped under the rubble, reported Deccan Herald.Officials also said that during the rescue operations, they could hear some girls calling out for help. Due to the thick concrete slabs that had fallen on the girls, it took the team nearly five hours to gain access to the girls from under the debris after clearing the slabs.The rescuers had provided the girls with water and glucose in the morning through an opening, but the tension heightened as time went by as they could no longer hear any voices from the trapped girls.The government reaction Revenue Minister RV Deshpande meets the victims of Dharwad building collapsetwitterThe Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted about the tragedy and the rescue operations, “The rescue work at Dharwad building collapse site is on. I spoke to the Revenue Minister who is on site and the DC and took stock of the progress in rescue operations. I have told the Chief Secretary to make a detailed inquiry into the accident,” he said. He will visit the spot on Thursday.Karnataka Revenue Minister RV Deshpande said that an enquiry will be conducted over the incident and stern action will be taken against the guilty. Those injured will be treated free of cost.last_img read more

Meghan Markles controversial politics angering the Royal Family

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is known for her vocal opinions. Especially when it comes to politics. The Duchess of Sussex made it quite clear how she feels about U.S. President Donald Trump. Even refusing to meet him when he came over to the U.K.Reportedly, Meghan has been warned her activism through her work as Duchess of Sussex may create “problems” for the Royal Family. It is being reported that after the Duchess of Sussex was revealed as a guest editor for Vogue issue focused on promoting female trailblazers, Meghan was warned against diving too close to the “political sphere.” Journalist Toby Young claimed the Duchess has been trying to make the Royal Family more aware of specific social issues.  Meghan Markle was a popular actress in the US before her weddingAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesSpeaking to talkRADIO, Mr. Young said: “The problem is his wife clearly has a particular political agenda – she is the woke Duchess and she sees it as her life’s work to make the Royal Family woke…..For a member of the Royal Family to take such an inadvertently political stance is always a bad idea because they are funded by the taxpayers and therefore they have an obligation to remain above the political sphere.”The Royal Family has to be neutral, especially when the country is in such turmoil. The Queen herself has been decisively detached, even when it came to her thoughts on Brexit. However, Meghan Markle isn’t the first Royal to show an interest in politics. Prince Charles has tried his hand at politics too. But Meghan isn’t trying to be a politician, she is already a Royal. But perhaps, she needs to use a lighter touch when spreading awareness. She is a member of the Royal Family after all. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Stakeholders recall Rana Plaza tragedy

first_imgA relative (C) of a victim killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse reacts as she and others mark the fifth anniversary of the disaster at the site where the building once stood in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on 24 April 2018. AFPFive years after the Rana Plaza collapse that claimed more than 1100 lives, survivors and families of the victims are still waiting for justice.The 2013 incident had exposed the weakness of safety in the country’s major export-earning readymade garments factories.On the fifth anniversary of the tragedy being recalled at home and abroad, there are reports that more than a 1,000 factories are yet to ensure adequate safety measures for the workers.The owners of the garment factories those were housed in Rana Plaza have been freed on bail.However, the sector made certain progress in terms of compliance with various standards required for running the factories and employing workers.Alongside local players, global brands that used Bangladeshi factories for outsourcing their jobs, had joined efforts to improve the conditions in factories but their commitment and contributions are still being questioned in the media outlets around the world.Bangladeshi activists chant slogans as they mark the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse at the site where the building once stood in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on 24 April 2018. AFPBangladesh-born British MP Rushanara Ali has described the Rana Plaza tragedy as “not an accident” but “a man-made disaster”.She made the observation during a panel debate in British parliament on Monday that focused on improvements for women workers in the fashion industry, according to The Guardian.Marking the Rana Plaza anniversary, leaders and activists of different workers organisations placed wreaths in front of the site on Tuesday morning.A protest rally was held on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.UNB reports: The family members and relatives of the victim broke into tears and demanded capital punishment of Rana plaza owner Sohel Rana.Md Enamur Rahman, member of parliament from Savar, also placed wreaths at the site remembering the victims.A milad mahfil was held at Adhar Chandra High School field.On this day in 2013, Rana Plaza, an illegally constructed building at Savar housing five garment factories, came down crashing, killing 1,175 people and injuring over 2,000 others.On Monday, different workers’ bodies lit candles in front of the Rana Plaza site commemorating the victims.last_img read more

Saudi Canada row ramps up as Saudia suspends flights

first_imgIn this file handout photo taken on 15 April 2018 and released by the Saudi Royal Palace Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attends the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. AFPSaudi Arabia and Canada on Monday showed no signs of backing down in an escalating row over human rights, after Riyadh abruptly cut ties over Ottawa’s vigorous calls for the release of activists jailed in the kingdom.The Saudi government expelled Canada’s ambassador, giving him 24 hours to leave the country, and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa, while freezing all new trade over what it slammed as “interference” in its internal affairs.Ottawa did not give any ground over the shock expulsion of the envoy, Dennis Horak, with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland saying Canada would continue to defend human rights around the world.The rupture, which underscores a newly aggressive foreign policy led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, comes after Canada denounced a new crackdown on women and human rights campaigners in the kingdom.“The kingdom announces that it is recalling its ambassador to Canada for consultation. We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours,” the Saudi foreign ministry tweeted early Monday.The ministry also announced “the freezing of all new trade and investment transactions with Canada while retaining its right to take further action”.Later Monday, the row appeared to escalate as Riyadh said it will relocate thousands of Saudi students studying in Canada to other countries, and state airline Saudia announced it was suspending flights to and from Toronto.A pro-government Saudi Twitter account provoked outrage when it posted-and then deleted-a 9/11-style digitally altered image showing a plane flying towards the Toronto skyline.The account later apologised and the image was reposted with the plane removed, but screenshots of the original tweet spread quickly. Saudi Arabia’s media ministry said it was investigating the incident.Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Saudi Arabia “will deal with any interference decisively”, dismissing Canada’s position as “built on misleading information”, in a statement carried by state media.Last week, Canada said it was “gravely concerned” over the new wave of arrests of rights campaigners, including award-winning gender rights activist Samar Badawi, and called on Riyadh to “immediately release them.”Canada doubled down on Monday.“Canada will always stand up for human rights, in Canada and around the world, and women’s rights are human rights,” Freeland told an audience in Vancouver.‘Unprecedented crackdown’Samar was arrested along with fellow campaigner Nassima al-Sadah last week, the latest victims of what Human Rights Watch called an “unprecedented government crackdown on the women’s rights movement”.Samar’s brother, blogger Raif Badawi, was arrested in 2012 and sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for “insulting Islam” in a case that sparked an international outcry.The latest arrests come weeks after more than a dozen women’s rights campaigners were detained and accused of undermining national security and collaborating with enemies of the state. Some have since been released.Prince Mohammed, heir to the region’s most powerful throne, has introduced a string of reforms such as lifting a decades-long ban on women drivers in a bid to overhaul the kingdom’s austere image.But the 32-year-old has simultaneously pursued a combative foreign policy-including leading a blockade of neighbouring Qatar and a bombing campaign against Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen-while cracking down on dissent at home.The United Arab Emirates, a strong regional ally, supported the Saudi response to Canada, with a senior government official calling Ottawa’s behavior “unacceptable.”Defence contract in peril?In April, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “serious concern” over the continued jailing of Raif Badawi to Saudi King Salman.Badawi’s wife Ensaf Haidar has been granted asylum by Canada, where she is raising their three children.“It is now time for other governments to join Canada in increasing the pressure on Saudi Arabia to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally,” said Samah Hadid, Amnesty International’s Middle East campaigns director.But Riyadh’s singling out of Canada is aimed at strongly discouraging other critical Western governments from speaking out, observers say.“Canada is easier to cut ties with than the rest,” Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo, told AFP.“There isn’t a strong bilateral trade relationship and poking the Trudeau government likely resonates with Saudi’s hawkish regional allies. At jeopardy are the… thousands of Saudi students in Canada.”Bilateral trade amounts to CAN $3-4 billion (US $2.3-3.1 billion) a year, according to Thomas Juneau, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.But the damage could be more significant if a $15 billion deal agreed in 2014 for Canada to sell Riyadh light armoured vehicles is scrapped, as thousands of jobs in Canada could be lost, Juneau said.When asked about the contract, Freeland said the government “looks forward” to hearing from Riyadh about the future of the deal.last_img read more

China to expel exInterpol chief from advisory body

first_imgNTERPOL president Meng Hongwei poses during a visit to the headquarters of International Police Organisation in Lyon, France, on 8 May 2018. Reuters File PhotoChina will expel former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei from a high profile though largely ceremonial advisory body to parliament, state media reported, after the Chinese government put him under investigation for bribery and other violations.Under president Xi Jinping, China has been engaged in a sweeping crackdown on official corruption.Earlier this month, Interpol, the France-based global police coordination body, said that Meng had resigned as its president, after French authorities said the Chinese official had been reported missing by his wife after travelling to his home country.It is unclear where Meng is being held and it has not been possible to reach him for comment. It is also unclear if he has been allowed to retain legal representation.In the latest move by the Chinese government against Meng, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which advises parliament though has no legislative powers, has decided to dismiss him from the body, state media said late on Friday.The decision still needs formal approval from the body’s standing committee, the official Xinhua news agency said, though this will only be a formality.Meng had been a member of the body’s foreign affairs committee.Members of the advisory body do not enjoy immunity from prosecution, unlike members of China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament.Meng, 64 and a deputy minister of public security, became president of the global police cooperation agency in late 2016 amid a broader effort by China to secure leadership posts in international organisations.His appointment prompted concern at the time from rights groups that Beijing might try to leverage his position to pursue dissidents abroad.last_img read more

BSTI cancels licences of 2 more companies

first_imgBSTIBangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) on Thursday cancelled licences of two more companies for producing substandard products, reports UNB.Licences of S M Consumers Products, Chattogram and Kiron Traders of Naogaon were cancelled through a BSTI notice.Besides, it suspended license of 25 other companies.It cancelled the licence of seven products and suspended the license of 18 food products of different companies on Wednesday for the same reason.BSTI recently tested 406 food samples by a surveillance team. Among those 52 food samples were found to be substandard and adulterated.BSTI ordered stopping of production, supply, sale and advertisements of these products within 24 hours.The 25 companies which licences were suspended by BSTI are Ghee of Baghabari Special Ghee, Dakksin Goran Dhaka, Semolina of Nishita Foods, Sylhet, Turmeric Powder of Manjil Foods and products, Sylhet, Honey of Green Lands Milk Products, Khulna, Turmeric Powder of Shan Food, Kushtia, Salt of Madhumati Salt Industries, Khulna, vermicelli of Jedda Food Industries, Jhalakathi, Salt of Noor Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, vermicelli (LacchaSemai) of Amrita Food Products, Barishal, salt (Ayodinjukto Laban) of New Jhalakathi Salt Mills, Jhalakathi, salt of Quality Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Lucky Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, salt of Taj Salt Industries, Jhalakathi, chili powder of Kashem Traders, Rajshahi, Turmeric power (Holudergura) of Kashem traders, Rajshahi, chili powder of Amirul Traders, Rajshahi, Vermicelli of Madhuful and Products, Sylhet, Vermicelli of Mithai Sweets, Chattogram, flour of K R Food Industries, Chattogram, vermicelli of Well Food and Beverage, Chattogram, fermented milk of Rupsa Food Products,Chattogram, biscuit of Imtiaz Bread and Food Products, Chattogram, vermicelli of Misti Mela Food products, Chattogram, chanachur of Taiyeba Food Products, Chattogram and vermicelli of Madhuban Bread and Biscuit, Chattogram.last_img read more

Get ready for spring shopping

first_imgThe event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look.  Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwaitlast_img read more

Shades of Buddha

first_imgCafe and Art Gallery is presenting a solo painting exhibition, The Buddha by M Lokseswara Rao IFS whose work has been inspired by eight important symbols of Buddhism such as conch, lotus, unending knot, dharma chakra among others. The exhibition will be held at Studio 55, Café and Art Gallery, 55, Sunder Nagar in the Capital on December 27 to January 5.Ever since M Lokeswara Rao was a little child he had this different inclination towards drawing and sketching. He always had a different way to look into things with an altered perspective with a different perceptive ability. Imagination has no barrier. It is stronger than anything known to man, faster than the speed of light, deeper than the ocean of thoughts. It is the seed for the basic intellect of creativity and innovation.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rao belongs to 1983 batch of Indian Forest Service(IFS) working as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Head of the Forest Force, Nagaland. Never before has the need been greater for all of us to remember that the immortal message Lord Buddha, the greatest and noblest of the sons of India gave to us, and to you and to the all the world. He is also practicing this ancient art Tanjore paintings for the past several years and contemporary art and digital paintings.last_img read more