Burden on the taxpayers Manitoba First Nations pump 9B into provinces economy

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsIndigenous leadership gathered on an urban reserve in Winnipeg to release a report that challenges the notion that First Nations people in the province are a burden on taxpayers.According to the report Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy, First Nation peoples added $9.3 billion into the province’s economy in 2016.The report is a collaboration between the Southern Chiefs Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi and the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says it was important to implement this analysis.“We want to bring clarity – you know there’s a lot of misconceptions and people don’t really have a good understanding of the reality that’s really happening,” said Daniels.“This is an opportunity for us to state for the record that Indigenous peoples are creating huge impacts on the economy and they’re going to continue to do so with the growing trend of workforce and business going forward.”The report says – the Indigenous economy added $2.3 billion to the provincial gross domestic product (GDP).That represents 3.9 per cent of Manitoba’s GDP – more than manufacturing, accommodations and food services, mining or oil and gas extraction.Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee says this is a historical day and this is only the beginning.“Now it is incumbent upon us to invest in training and education so the youth – the demographic of the youth is exploding and in the future that is what we have to work with,” said Settee.“We must invest in education and training to allow the youth to continue to be stronger participants.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

UN Goodwill Ambassador Zidane to highlight antipoverty successes in Mali

13 October 2011The soccer ace and Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Zinédine Zidane, will travel to Mali next week to highlight the country’s progress in the effort to alleviate poverty. “Today I want to help,” said Zidane, who has been UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador for 10 years. “Ending poverty takes each and every one of us. I, too, lived in difficult places where we had very little,” said the Frenchman, who retired from professional football in 2006 and is now Director of Sport for Real Madrid FC.Zidane’s trip to the West African country, which will include visits to women’s and youth empowerment projects, as well as income-generating initiatives among some of Mali’s poorest populations, will coincide with the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which is marked on 17 October.He will meet women in the Malian capital, Bamako, who are involved in a cooperative that makes shea butter products, as well as others who manage a multi-use engine that powers machines, including a grinding mill and battery charger, thus reducing the amount of time local women spend on household chores.Mr. Zidane will also participate in a discussion with young people on the role they can play in community development and visit an environmental protection project that promotes sustainable farming techniques.Mali has made significant progress in poverty reduction in recent years under the eight internationally-agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include action against hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, gender inequality and environmental degradation.Primary school enrolment has risen from less than half of school-age children to over 90 per cent during the past decade, and more than 69 percent of Malians now have access to clean drinking water. Between 2001 and 2006, the HIV/AIDS prevalence rate dropped from 1.7 to 1.3 per cent.Despite these achievements, challenges remain in nutrition, youth employment, sustainable development and maternal and child health.“Zinédine Zidane’s visit to Mali is significant to draw attention to what is possible when different actors come together with a common goal,” said Maurice Dewulf, the acting UNDP Resident Representative in Mali. “It’s a global message of encouragement to all those who struggle daily against poverty.” read more

Kodak reaches deals for up to 895 million in postbankruptcy financing

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Kodak on Thursday said it has secured as much as $895 million to fund its operations after it emerges from bankruptcy protection.J.P. Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays will supply senior secured term loans of up to $695 million.The banks also will arrange a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility of up to $200 million. They’ve agreed to provide $130 million of that facility.Kodak said the financing will allow it repay loans that funded operations while under bankruptcy protection, finance its exit from Chapter 11 and fund its post-bankruptcy working capital, as well as provide cash.The agreements are subject to court approval.Kodak also said Thursday that a court approved its previously announced settlement with its U.K. pension plan, which is its single largest creditor under its bankruptcy protection planning.The agreement, first announced in April, will spin off Kodak’s personalized imaging and document imaging businesses to the pension plan. The company said that the court approving the agreement said that it is critical step forward in Kodak’s effort to complete its plan of reorganization. The arrangement will give the pension fund two profitable businesses that will provide ongoing income.Based in Rochester, N.Y., Eastman Kodak Co. was founding in 1880 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of cost-cutting efforts failed to save the company.It has shed most of the businesses that turned it into an American icon and has said it plans to exit bankruptcy protection by the end of September with a focus on commercial imaging and printing. Kodak reaches deals for up to $895 million in post-bankruptcy financing by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2013 8:32 am MDT read more

DAngelo Russell verbally commits to Ohio State mens basketball team

Thad Matta and the Ohio State men’s basketball team are already in the process of assembling a strong class for 2014, less than two months removed from this year’s National Signing Day for men’s basketball recruits. That class became stronger Friday night, when D’Angelo Russell verbally committed to the Buckeyes.Russell confirmed the commitment, which was first reported by Rivals.com, on his Twitter.Russell, a native of Louisville, Ky., is a shooting guard from Montverde Academy (Fla.). He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds by Rivals.Russell is ranked as the nation’s No. 11 overall recruit by Scout.com, No. 22 by Rivals and No. 24 by ESPN.com. Russell is rated as a 5-star recruit by Scout and a 4-star recruit by both Rivals and ESPN.With Russell’s commitment, the Buckeyes already have four verbal commitments in the class of 2014. Keita Bates-Diop, a forward from Normal, Ill., is rated as a 5-star recruit by both Rivals and ESPN. The Buckeyes also have commitments from Jae’Sean Tate, a 4-star forward from Pickerington, Ohio, and David Bell, a 3-star center from Garfield Heights, Ohio.The Buckeyes have two incoming recruits, both rated as 4-star recruits by Scout, Rivals and ESPN, for the 2013 season. Power forward Marc Loving is a two-time state Division I Player of the Year from Toledo, Ohio, while shooting guard Kameron Williams comes to the Buckeyes from Baltimore, Md.Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle was the only member of the Buckeyes’ 2012 recruiting class. read more

Cars seized and court ordered for drivers found speeding texting and with

first_img Kildare Traffic Athy Traffic Unit stopped this car today no tax and a false insurance disc displayed. Vehicle seized.Court to follow pic.twitter.com/1rdmF0Q1s0— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 15, 2017 Share Tweet Email3 And in Limerick, five cars were impounded – three for no insurance, one for no tax and one for no NCT. http://jrnl.ie/3242112 Feb 15th 2017, 9:37 PM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Meanwhile, four fixed charge penalty notices were issued to drivers over children not wearing seatbelts.Gardaí said they also gave parents advice about booster seats. Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Cars seized and court ordered for drivers found speeding, texting and with no seat belts on children One driver was found texting on their mobile while driving at 157km in a 100km zone. Gardaí confirmed that summons’ would follow. Limerick Garda Checkpoint at Dooradoyle. 5 cars impounded. 3 no insurance, 1 no tax , 1 no nct . Summons to follow pic.twitter.com/mjcGiEWvMC— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 15, 2017 42 Comments Naas Gardai issue fcps to driver texting on mobile phone on theM7 while travelling 157km in 100km pic.twitter.com/UBTMJ65ssH— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 15, 2017 By Cliodhna Russell 28,346 Views In Naas, a gardaí issued a fixed charge penalty notice after a motorist was caught texting on their mobile while driving 157 kilometres per hour in a 100km zone. Mayorstone Gdai checkpoint. Advice given to parents about booster seats etc. 4 FCPNs issued to drivers for children not wearing seatbelt pic.twitter.com/Lvg2LG7rIn— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 15, 2017 Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 9:37 PM GARDAÍ WERE OUT in force on the roads today with a number of cars being seized and charges issued.In Kildare, a driver will appear in court after they were found with no tax and a false insurance disk displayed. Short URL Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitterlast_img read more

Migration Alliance backs Duttons call to review citizenship test

first_imgImmigration Minister Peter Dutton’s call to review Australia’s citizenship test has been backed by the country’s primary immigration site, Migration Alliance. Last week the minister told various media outlets that the test should move away from its current focus on Australian trivia to have more of a focus on determining whether future citizens can demonstrate sharing societal principles that have made Australia the success that it is.“Minister Dutton is proposing that the Australian government should take a low-cost, sensible and precautionary step to help ensure that the people who are allowed to take up citizenship in our so-far safe, free and egalitarian nation genuinely share the values of the vast majority,” said Migration Alliance founder Liana Allan.“The minister has made the point that in many cases, particularly when people are coming from the Middle East, country of origin records are unreliable and we must rely on the word of the individual. That means we must be more careful about our questioning, and we certainly should demand a higher level of evidence to support people’s assertions about their behaviour.”To ensure that those being granted citizenship are not past, present or future lawbreakers and “a drain on the public purse”, the Alliance believes the government should have the right to do whatever is in its power.While as much evidence as possible should be sought prior to the person’s arrival, Ms Liana said there is no acceptable excuse for not pursuing the matter even after applicants begin living in Australia.“Changing our citizenship test, as Dutton suggests, would threaten only those who it seeks to identify: people who want to come here with a view to damaging or exploiting Australia’s way of life,” Ms Allan added. “It is, just like the Abbott government’s prosecution of the highly-successful Operation Sovereign Borders, simply a modern echo of former prime minister John Howard’s 2001 assertion that Australia should decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come. “That’s the right approach, and one which should have the backing of both sides of parliament.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Pas de risques avec la batterie de lIpad 3

first_imgPas de risques avec la batterie de l’Ipad 3 ?Problème de surcharge, autonomie réduite…Les suspicions liées à la batterie du Nouvel Ipad sont nombreuses sur la Toile. Des journalistes de MacWorld, qui ont demandé l’expertise de professionnels, ont mené leur enquête. Leur conclusion lève les derniers doutes que l’on pouvait avoir sur le module d’autonomie de l’Ipad 3.Plus puissante, car devant alimenter un écran Rétina à la définition plus élevée, la batterie du nouvel Ipad, ou Ipad 3, est l’objet de nombre de questions sur la Toile.Des problèmes de surcharge ou d’autonomie à l’affichage singulier ou ne respectant pas les spécificités énoncées par le constructeur ont été pointés du doigt, comme le cas d’espèce soulevé par Raymond Soneira, Président de DisplayMate Technologies, relevé par Le Monde informatique.Les journalistes de MacWorld (lien non disponible) ont demandé à Carl Howe, vice président pour les recherches concernant le marché mobile, du cabinet The Yankee Group, d’éclaircir ces points. Et ses conclusions sont sans appel : il n’y a pas de problème avec la batterie de l’Ipad 3.Concernant l’affichage de la rechargeÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il indique que de charger et de decharger complètement la batterie au moins une fois par mois permet d’étalonner l’ensemble et de préserver le bon fonctionnement de l’Ipad. L’autonomie s’établit bien à 10 heures en fonctionnement, mais sa batterie, qui a besoin de plus de capacité que celle des Ipads antérieurs (42,5 watt/h contre 25 watt/h), se charge plus lentement de fait…L’utilisateur d’Ipad 3 devra donc être plus patient que celui qui manipule un Ipad 2.Concernant la chargeSur la charge proprement dite, Carl Howe explique qu’il n’y a pas de danger lié à un prolongement de la durée de raccordement à une prise électrique, ni de risque de dommage matériel. La tablette intègre un circuit de charge interne modulant la prise d’énergie par rapport au temps de charge. Ce dernier effectue une “charge de maintien”, qui “verserai” un goutte à goutte d’énergie jusqu’à atteindre les fameux 100%. Et après ? Cela ne poserait pas de problème et le système serait capable de gérer le surplus comme une sorte de bonus ! Les heureux possesseurs pourraient donc désormais dormir sur leurs deux oreilles, rechargeant leur tablette fétiche, et sachant qu’ils la récupèreront en pleine forme le lendemain matin.Le 29 mars 2012 à 09:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Researchers Have Invented a Quieter Less Terrifying Airplane Toilet

first_imgStay on target Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how loud airplane toilets could be. Flushing could produce a noise so terrifyingly loud, it almost seems like the whole lavatory is being sucked out through that tiny hole.But changes might be coming: Researchers from Brigham Young University have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.“People have told us they don’t want their kids to be scared to use the bathroom on a flight,” said lead researcher Kent Gee, BYU professor of physics. “So, we’ve used good physics to solve the problem.”While aviation tech has developed, the airline industry hasn’t been able to improve vacuum-assisted toilets over the last 25 years. That’s because getting airplane toilets to flush with very little water requires a partial vacuum, which at 38,000 feet, pulls air at nearly half the speed of sound. When things move at that speed, any disturbance at all to the flow — like the bend of a pipe or a valve — generates significant noise.And with cabins now quieter than ever due to newer airplanes, toilet flushes reverberate much more throughout the cabin.“Airline companies have always had standards for the toilet noise, but they’ve never met those and there has never been much pressure to do so,”said Scott Sommerfeldt, BYU professor of mechanical engineering. “Now with the reduced cabin sound levels, the sound of the toilet flushing is more noticeable and customers are pushing back.”To solve the problem, the BYU team focused on three valve conditions during the flush cycle: the initial noise level peak associated with the flush valve opening, an intermediate noise level plateau associated with the valve being fully opened and the final noise level peak associated with the flush valve closing.The researchers added additional piping to increase the distance between the toilet bowl and the flush valve and made the pipe attachment at the bowl more of a gradual bend as opposed to a sharp 90-degree angle.Tests of the new contraption show aeroacoustically-generated noise dropped up to 16 decibels during the flush valve opening and about 5 to 10 decibels when the valve is fully opened.“It’s a great mix between physics and engineering,” said grad student Michael Rose, lead author on the team’s paper published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. “The toilet is much quieter and now kids won’t think they’re going to get sucked out.”The researchers have filed three patents on the new toilet and are now working with an industry partner to bring it to market. The invention works with existing airplane toilets — only the elbow need be removed during a retrofit, while the valve and the bowl can remain where they are.The vacuum-assisted tech could also be used for toilets on cruise ships and trains and even in green building projects where housing units are looking at ways to reduce water usage.More on Geek.com:This $5 Million Solar-Powered Yacht Cruises in ‘Pure Silence’Watch How Virgin Atlantic Engineers Change a Wheel on a Boeing 747This Embraer Shark Plane Has No Dreaded Middle Seatslast_img read more

Safe Walkways submits safety proposals to Mayor Faulconer on electric scooters

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 2, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- A local group of San Diegans submitted its proposals to Mayor Faulconer to address the safety issues over electric scooters.The group is called Safe Walkways and joining KUSI to talk more about their campaign is Dr. Jonathan Freeman.Their public discussion group for people concerned about walking in safety, The Promenaders, is at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1696755990372675For further information send an email to SafeWalkwaysSD@Gmail.com. KUSI Newsroom, January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Safe Walkways submits safety proposals to Mayor Faulconer on electric scooterslast_img read more

Lions Tigers Bears Wild in the Country

first_imgLions Tigers & Bears: Wild in the Country April 22, 2019 Posted: April 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsALPINE (KUSI) – Lions Tigers & Bears is invited people to attend its biggest fundraising event of the year in May.The annual Wild in the Country event features incredible animals, live music, dancing, dinner, family-friendly activities, incredible auction items and of course all the proceeds will support life-saving rescues and life-long care for rescued animals.This fundraiser is a unique opportunity for animal lovers to support our mission of providing a safe haven to abused and abandoned exotic animals, while inspiring an educational forum to end the exotic animal trade, according to LT&B.Lions Tigers & Bears – Wild in the CountrySaturday, May 182 p.m. to 6 p.m. VIP Reception 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.www.lionstigersandbears.org KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

A Quiet Year for Magazine Media MA

first_img A slowdown in M&A activity was most evident in the exhibitions and conferences space, where JEGI tracked 66 deals worth a cumulative $3.3 billion, down 23 and 12 percent year-over-year, respectively. Unsurprisingly, UBM led the way with a string of acquisitions culminating in a $485 million December purchase of Allworld Exhibitions, a trade show organizer operating in Asia and the Middle East. On the consumer side, volume was also relatively flat, down 3 percent to 194 deals in 2016 — from 201 in 2015. Deal value tumbled 39 percent to $16.4 billion, which JEGI attributes to the absence of “mega-deals” like those observed in 2015 — including Media General’s $3.1 billion takeover of Meredith Corp., an agreement that ultimately deteriorated in January when Media General chose to merge with Nexstar instead. Notably absent from the JEGI report are any deals of major consequence in the magazine industry, especially on the consumer-facing side. Complex Media was still in the game when Hearst and Verizon acquired it for a reported $250 million in April, but alas, the brand’s new owners left its print edition behind in 2016. The overall volume and cumulative value of mergers and acquisitions on both the consumer and B2B sides of the media and technology sector remained mostly steady in 2016, according to investment bank JEGI’s annual M&A overview.  With a plethora of “inside sources” stoking the rumor mill with whispers of a potential Time Inc.-Meredith Corp. merger on the horizon, however, that could all change in 2017. JEGI tracked 88 mergers and acquisitions in the global B2B media and technology sector last year, a slight decrease from the 93 deals completed in 2015. Added up, deal volume jumped exponentially — from $6.2 billion in 2015 to $32.9 billion last year, according to the report — but that figure is overwhelmingly skewed by Microsoft’s $29 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, completed in December. Another major deal in the B2B space was Informa’s $1.56 billion purchase of Penton, in September. Looking forward, JEGI anticipates an increase in M&A across most tech and media sectors, citing an uptick in the Consumer Confidence Index, financial markets’ favorability to a one-party sweep of the House, Senate, and White House, as well as historical leniency on the part of Republicans in approving mergers.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Nov 2 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen Now Abortion ruling at center of justices’ retention battleAndrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageVoters will decide whether to keep two Alaska Supreme Court justices on Election Day. Alaska Family Action, which describes itself as focused on advancing biblical principles, opposes retaining the judges. But advocates for keeping them say the group’s opposition could harm the state’s tradition of selecting and maintaining judges based on merit.Alaska’s top oil companies adjusting to low pricesElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe big three oil majors that operate in Alaska — BP, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil Corp. — all released third quarter earnings results in the past week.Search continues for downed pilot in Lake Clark National ParkAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamIt’s been five days since Anchorage pilot David McRae’s plane went down in Lake Clark National Park last Friday. With a window of slightly better weather this morning, the Alaska Air National Guard continued search efforts by helicopter and C-130.Mushers await release of documentary criticizing the sportEllen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska mushers are waiting for the release of a Canadian-made documentary film that is purportedly damaging to sled-dog racing. Parts of the film were made with the help of Iditarod resources, yet early reports of the film’s content indicate it is actually an indictment against the sport.Unlawful ‘free samples’ postpone Anchorage’s first pot shopZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn an unexpected move, the Anchorage Assembly has put a stop on what would have been the first retail marijuana business in Alaska’s largest city. At least for now.‘Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge’ speaks in Anchorage about suicide preventionAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageRetired Sgt. Kevin Briggs is known as the Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge. For years he patrolled the iconic San Francisco landmark and spoke with people who were considering suicide.Ask a Climatologist: Arctic sea ice at record low for the seasonAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThis late in the fall, Arctic sea ice should be forming near the community of Barrow. Instead, the ocean is open for hundreds of miles. Barrow also shattered its record for the highest average temperature for October.Bering Strait School District unveils Fab Lab course in UnalakleetDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeAt the Unalakleet School, a new class has been added to the curriculum for students that currently no other school in the Bering Strait School District offers. It’s called Fab Lab.last_img read more

Nestle Withdraws Maggi Noodles Stock Maintains its Safe

first_imgNestle India early on Friday said it was withdrawing Maggi noodles in the country amid nation-wide scrutiny over more-than-permissible limits of lead, but continued to maintain it was safe and that it would be back on store shelves soon.”Maggi noodles are completely safe and have been trusted in India for over 30 years. The trust of our consumers and the safety of our products is our first priority,” the company said in a statement in the early hours of Friday.”Unfortunately, recent developments and concerns about the product have led to an environment of confusion for the consumer, to such an extent that we have decided to withdraw the product off the shelves, despite the product being safe,” it said.”We promise that the trusted Maggi Noodles will be back in the market as soon as the current situation is clarified.”Some governments like in Gujarat, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir had banned Maggi for 15-30 days and several others had called for tests on the popular noodles after a batch in a small town in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly found to contain higher-than-permissible levels of lead.Following the concerns, a host of retailers — from neighbourhood mom-and-pop shops to larger ones like Big Bazaar and WalMart — withdrew it from their shelves.last_img read more

Suicidal man steals crashes empty plane in US

first_imgPlanes sit on the tarmac at Sea-Tac International Airport after service was halted after an Alaska Airlines plane was stolen on 10 August in Washington. Photo: APTwo military F-15 jets were scrambled late Friday after a “suicidal” airline worker stole and later crashed an empty passenger plane from the Seattle-Tacoma airport, local officials said.Local authorities quickly ruled out terrorism as a motive for the incident, and said the F-15s “were not involved in the crash.”An airline employee “conducted an unauthorized takeoff” of an airplane carrying no passengers at the major airport in the northwestern US state of Washington, airport officials said on Twitter.The aircraft “crashed in south Puget Sound,” Sea-Tac Airport said, adding that normal operations at the transport hub had resumed after a pause.“This is not a terrorist incident. Confirmed info… this is a single suicide male. We know who he is. No others involved,” the Pierce County Sheriff said.The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old Pierce county resident who “acted alone,” the sheriff’s office added, confirming that there were “no passengers on the plane” when it crashed.Video taken by a bystander showed the airplane making a loop, then flying low over a body of water.Alaska Airlines on Twitter said the airplane was a turboprop Q400 airplane belonging to its sister carrier Horizon Air.Local media described the man who stole the plane as a mechanic.last_img read more

High Court directs not to use word fake before freedom fighters

first_imgHigh-CourtThe High Court on Tuesday urged all, including government officials and media, not to use the word “fake” before freedom fighters, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader issued the order following a writ petition filed by a freedom fighter of Cumilla district.The court also said it can summon anyone if there is any violation of its order, fixing 19 May for the next hearing.The National Freedom Fighter Council Act-2002 stipulates that if any person collects fake certificate through fraudulence means, it is his/her fault and for which the freedom fighters, the best sons of the nation, should not be addressed “fake freedom fighters”.Deputy attorney general Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar said the authorities concerned can take necessary action against those who collected fake freedom fighter certificates.According to section 7 (i) of the National Freedom Fighter Council Act-2002, the authorities concerned will recommend making the list of genuine freedom fighters, providing them with certificates and cancelling fake certificates of freedom fighters.The Council sent a notice to Abdul Aziz Khandaker, a freedom fighter of Homna upazila in Cumilla, saying his certificate was found to be fake.On 7 May, Abdul Aziz filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of the notice.last_img read more

Rifat Farazi put on 7day remand in Barguna murder case

first_imgRifat SharifA Barguna court on Wednesday placed Rifat Farazi, an accused in Rifat Shairf murder case, on a 7-day remand, reports UNB.Rifat Farazi, son of a certain Dulal Farazi of Dhansiri area in the municipality, is one of the main accused in the sensational murder case.Senior judicial magistrate of Barguna, Md Sirajul Islam Gazi, passed the order when Md Humayun Kabir, sadar police station Inspector and the investigation officer of the case, sought a 10-day remand for interrogating him.In the early hours of the day, a police team arrested Rifat Farazi from the municipality area.The main accused, Sabbir Ahmed alias Nayan Bond, was killed in a reported gunfight with police in the Sadar upazila on Tuesday.Rifat Sharif, 22, was hacked to death by miscreants in front of his wife Ayesha Siddika Minni in broad daylight in the district town on 26 June. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.Nine people, including six accused mentioned in the FIR, have so far been arrested in this connection.On Monday, two accused — Mohammad Oli and Tanvir Hossain — reportedly confessed before a Barguna court to their involvement in the killing.last_img read more

Are Paid Sick Leave Laws Bad For Businesses

first_img 00:00 /03:54 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A bill that would have overturned city ordinances mandating paid sick leave died in the Texas Legislature this week, despite concerted efforts by the state’s business community to get it passed.San Antonio and Austin have recently passed such ordinances, although they are not in effect yet.There’s also a court challenge against Austin’s policy, so whether these ordinances ever become law is questionable.But would a paid sick leave law really be hurtful to businesses?Joyce Beebe, a public finance fellow at Rice University, said it would make life harder for small companies.“If my business only has six employees, one person goes on sick leave, the other people, the remaining employees who did not go on sick leave, will have to shoulder a lot more responsibilities, for example,” Beebe said. “And I will have to also expend more resources, for example find somebody to replace that person during a day or two, and my margin may be harmed as a result.”On the other hand, she said, as the U.S. population is aging – due to a low birth rate – there is a concern that workers are needing more time to take care of family.“The overall longer work hours, it’s not necessarily more productive for the workers from that perspective,” Beebe said. “So a lot of people were saying, maybe it’s true we think about our work-life balance and look at other countries and they’re not really working as much, and they’re happier and they’re healthier.”She also said women’s participation in the workforce has been stagnant since the 1990s, and some say paid leave laws could change that.The United States is fairly alone among developed nations with no federal law that guarantees paid leave for sickness, maternity/paternity, vacation or holidays.Click on the audio above to listen to the full interview. Xcenter_img Listen Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaJoyce Beebe is a fellow in public finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Sharelast_img read more

Over 500 compete in Kolkatas first interorphanage fest

first_imgKolkata: Around 500 underprivileged children participated in multiple activities related to literature, art and culture during an inter-orphanage talent festival held for the first time in Kolkata, the organisers said on Monday. The festival “Nakshatra” brought together the children from various rainbow schools and shelter homes, who had a memorable seven hours of fun and smiles at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum auditorium on Sunday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOrganised by Bhumi, one of India’s largest independent volunteer non-profit organisations, the fest saw the children showcase their talent in quiz, story writing, paper modelling, pot painting, recitation, singing and dance competitions.”I like to paint. So, when I was told about this event, I knew that I had to participate. This is the first time that I am participating in this big an event.” said Nafisa Ali, who competed in the pot painting category. Riya Saha, a standard XI student of Loreto Rainbow Home, could not hide her excitement. “I am very excited about performing in an auditorium. I dance well and have participated in many events organized between the Rainbow schools, but this is my first performance in the auditorium.” One hundred and twenty volunteers oversaw the smooth conduct of the event, which was earlier held in Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.last_img read more

JMB terrorist accused in Bodh Gaya blast arrested in Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a member of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) a terrorist organisation, from Katwa in east Burdwan on Monday evening.According to STF officials, the terrorist identified as Abdul Rahim of Dhuliyan at Shamshergunje in Murshidabad is one of the prime accused of Bodh Gaya blast which took place during January 2018. According to STF sleuths, Rahim is a member of (JMB) and was associated with JMB leaders like Abdul Wahab and Moulana Yousuf who were arrested earlier. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHe was an active member of JMB’s Dhulian module in Bengal. During 2018 Bodh Gaya blast, members from Dhulian module took effective part and responsible. Rahim used to recruit members in the module and provided logistics support. Since the blast, he was absconding since January 2018. On Monday, STF got hold of an information that Rahim was seen in Katwa. Immediately a team went to Katwa’s Bajepratappur Charkhumbha as per the information provided by the source. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAround 7:20 pm, sleuths saw Rahim at the Bajepratappur Charkhumbha bus stoppage and surrounded him. Later, he was arrested and brought to Kolkata. Earlier on June 23, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has brought Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorist Habibur Rehman Shaikh alias Habibur Shaikh to Kolkata, who is an accused in Khagragarh blast case in Burdwan. He was arrested from Dodabalpur in Bangalore in Karnataka. According to NIA, a chargesheet was submitted before the NIA court accusing Habibur for his involvement in the Khagragarh blast in 2015. It is alleged that Habibur was involved in an conspiracy by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh to wage war between India and Bangladesh. Habibur used to be a close associate of senior Jamaat-ulMujahideen leader Jahidul Islam alias Kausar. He was also associated with JMB leaders Rahamatullah Shaikh alias Sajid and Moulana Yusuf. Habibur was also an active member of JMB, Bolpur Module in Bengal. He had attended a number of training camps conducted by senior Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh leaders.last_img read more