Take Rohingya issue to UN BNP asks govt

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirAccusing the government of having failed to take any step to resolve the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday urged it to raise the issue at the United Nations.”Foreign ministers from Indonesia and Turkey are arriving here over the Rohingya crisis. The United Nations has issued a statement to stop persecution on them immediately. But, our government didn’t send any envoy anywhere and it still didn’t take any step to take the issue to the United Nations,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “From this meeting, I strongly demand the government immediately raise the issue at the United Nations and take proper steps to resolve the problem.”The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion programme arranged by Dhaka North city unit BNP at the National Press Club, marking the 10th ‘jail release’ day of BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.Fakhrul said the government has failed to give shelter to thousands of Muslim and Hindu Rohingyas who are fleeing their country in the face of mass killing and persecution by the Myanmar army.”The current government has also failed to force the Myanmar authorities to take back the Rohingya refugees ensuring their rights and dignity through diplomatic efforts,” he observed.The BNP secretary general alleged that the current government is again trying to hold a lopsided election like 5-January 2014 one.He warned that the country’s people will not allow the ruling party to hold any lopsided election. “The 11th parliamentary elections must be held under a neutral election-time supportive government conducted by an impartial Election Commission.”Fakhrul said the government is killing people and making them disappeared as it has no accountability.He called upon BNP leaders and activists to get united to get rid of the ‘misrule’ of the current regime through putting up a strong resistance at every locality.last_img read more

So Many Babies In There Church Shooting Claims 8 Children

first_img Share Twitter via @ABCShrine to the victims of the Sutherland Springs shootingBy the time Paul Brunner rolled up in his ambulance to the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the First Baptist Church was a chaotic triage scene. Parents cried and kids screamed, and nearly all the victims appeared to have been hit more than once.Two of the first four patients the burly volunteer medic loaded into ambulances were children.“Our inclination is to protect children. The thing is, that wasn’t his inclination,” Brunner said, referring to the gunman. “He wasn’t separating going: ‘I’m not going to hurt the kids. I’m going to go after whatever adults wronged me.’”When gunfire tore through the church in tiny Sutherland Springs, killing more than two dozen, the bullets claimed eight children and teenagers who were sitting through Sunday services with their families. It was the largest number of children killed in a mass shooting since 20 died at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.Like that massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the fact that the assailant slaughtered defenseless children compounded the anguish. Nearby schools quickly added grief counselors.The shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, had a turbulent and violent past that included a court-martial while serving in the Air Force on charges that he assaulted his then-wife and hit her child hard enough to fracture the boy’s skull. Kelley, who had a rifle and left behind at least 15 empty magazines holding 30 rounds each, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was chased by bystanders and crashed his car.Investigators have said the shooting appeared to stem from a domestic dispute involving Kelley and his mother-in-law, who sometimes attended services at the church but was not present on Sunday.One couple who survived the attack, Rosanne Solis and Joaquin Ramirez, said Kelley went aisle by aisle through the pews and shot crying children at point-blank range.Authorities put the death count at 26, including the unborn baby of one of the slain women and the 14-year-old daughter of the church’s pastor, Frank Pomeroy.“There were just so many babies in there. It was a church. It was families,” said Torie McCallum, the former sister-in-law of Crystal Holcombe, the pregnant woman. “Watching them take person after person after person out was so heartbreaking.”McCallum is also a volunteer medic in nearby Floresville who spent 12 hours at the scene Sunday. She identified Crystal and her three dead children — 11-year-old Emily, 13-year-old Greg and 9-year-old Megan.Another of Crystal’s children, 7-year-old Evelyn, ran out of the church to a neighbor’s house. She suffered a head contusion, which McCallum thinks may have been caused by her head hitting a pew.The kids were smart and liked church. Their father died six years earlier, but McCallum was relieved when John Holcombe entered the picture and helped raise them as his own.They called him Dad and thrived in the 4-H Club. Emily liked archery while Greg, Evelyn and Megan did karate. Crystal homeschooled the children, and the girls sang in church, where the family got a kick out of how their different voices harmonized.McCallum said the kids were excited for a new sibling and decided that the baby’s name, whether a boy or girl, should be Billy Bob Wigglebottom — which they found hilarious.The official list of those killed released by Texas authorities Wednesday included Carlin Brite “Billy Bob” Holcombe.By Wednesday, an online fundraiser had collected more $72,000 for the family.“To see seasoned FBI agents and seasoned paramedics and seasoned law enforcement officers, when you see their eyes red, I feel so awful for all of the people who responded to that scene. Because they should never have to see anything like that, especially with so many children,” McCallum said.One of the wounded children, 5-year-old Ryland Ward, was hit multiple times and opened his eyes at the hospital Tuesday for the first time since the shooting, said Leslie Ward, the boy’s aunt.“Seeing the children that were killed. It’s one thing to see an adult, but to see a 5-year-old, that’s tough,” Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt said.Alison Gould, 17, returned Wednesday to the church where she had waited hours on Sunday for word about her best friend, 16-year-old Haley Krueger. She got the news she feared later that night.“I am trying my best to cope. I want to see her really bad, and it’s kind of hard because I know that I can’t,” Gould said. “Me and her mom keep thinking that maybe she’s in the hospital, and they just identified her wrong. We’re trying really hard.”Brunner, chief of the ambulance service in nearby La Vernia, had been at lunch with his own family when he heard about the shooting.“You had parents screaming about their kids. They got stuff in front of them that they never imagined they would see in their life,” Brunner said. “Not really a war zone, because at least people in a war know they’re in the middle of a war. This is just hard to describe.”last_img read more

Baltimores Clergy Response to Denigrating Remarks About Baltimore City

first_imgDr. Kevin Daniels, Special to the AfroIn light of the recent comments made about our great city, the Ministers’ Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity (MCBV) will continue to coalition build with its communities, faith-based institutions, developers, investors, as well as local and state elected officials, to make improvement in such areas as economic, education, public safety, in particular police and community engagement.  While others have chosen to speak ill of our city, for the past year MCBV has engaged the above mentioned stakeholders in a city and statewide process to develop a holistic approach and grassroots strategic action plan and movement to address Baltimore’s issues. Given that these issues did not develop overnight, we understand neither will its resolve and we intend to remain focused on building a better Baltimore, while understanding such criticism is par for the course. MCBV celebrates all citizenry and stakeholders of our great city and state that have participated in this process and would like to continue to extend an open invitation to those who would like to join us.  Dr. James L. Carter, and Dr. Kevin Daniels (Courtesy Photos)In this hour of our city’s social need and redevelopment, we are clear on the importance of the church leading and fully intend to continue leading this effort until we achieve our goals of making Baltimore a greater place to live, work, worship, and raise strong families in safe communities. To that end, MCBV looks forward to sharing more about this initiative in the near future. Dr. James L. Carter, President of Minister’s Conference (Baltimore & Vicinity), Pastor of The Ark Church.Dr. Kevin Daniels, Chair of the Civic Action Committee (Minister’s Conference Baltimore/Vicinity).*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Baltimore is a great city with a rich history. Many Baltimoreans, such as Rep. Cummings, have devoted their lives to making Baltimore the greatest city that it can be. Instead of casting aspersions and using our city as a scapegoat, the president could leverage his authority to help Baltimore improve infrastructure, education, and public health. Instead we, Baltimoreans, will continue to work together, will continue to fight, and will continue to rise.”Danielle McCray, Baltimore City Councilwoman. (Courtesy Photo)Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray – District 2*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“Once again, Mr. Trump reminds us of the embarrassment that he continues to be to the citizens of this proud nation. While challenged, Baltimore is a great American City whose contributions to our country both past and present are noteworthy and well documented. The challenges that Baltimore faces are consistent with those being confronted daily by major cities across the nation. These are real national concerns like unemployment, affordable housing, public education and the opioid crisis, all of which warrant the sober and committed attention of the nation’s Chief Executive. Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III, District 7I wonder how far we could go to address those issues if we had leadership in the White House that was more invested in building up the infrastructure of our cities rather than hanging a “curtain” across our southern border. I wonder how better off our families would be if there was leadership in the Oval Office that saw black and brown people as significant contributors to the vibrancy of our country rather than just potential employees at Mar-a-Lago.Congressman Elijah Cumming’s record of public service is beyond reproach and not even worth comparing to the undistinguished career of private frivolity exhibited by Mr. Trump. It’s worth noting that since the America that Mr. Trump wants to make great again doesn’t include the majority of black and brown U.S. citizens that call Rep. Cumming’s district home, we’ll do fine making Baltimore great again without this president’s help.”Baltimore City Councilman Leon Pinkett, III – District 7*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“President Trump’s comments and tweets reinforce what we already knew—his administration has no concern for urban cities like Baltimore. As one of the six State Senators for Baltimore City, I recognize that the real work to rebuild our cities will fall to State and Local governments. Those of us in these roles must resist the temptation to become distracted by the negative and offensive rhetoric of the Trump administration. “I am proud of the work we have already done to raise the minimum wage, restore voting rights to those who are disenfranchised, and to direct capital dollars to neglected neighborhoods. But our work is far from finished. Cory McCray is a member of the Maryland State Senate, representing the 45th District, which encompasses Northeast and East Baltimore City.(Courtesy Photo)“Our next priority is to focus on the $245 million in the state budget that Governor Hogan has refused to release. This money will provide an immediate impact to eliminate food deserts, increase green space in Baltimore, and provide more jobs for our city’s young people. “If we channel this energy and remain focused on moving our city forward, we can build on the great work that is happening in Baltimore and change the trajectory for our youth, seniors, and struggling neighborhoods.”Sen. Cory McCray – District 45*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***You are evidently Clueless about Baltimore!It is a miserable day in history when you can daily depend on the President to divide the States of America instead of Uniting the “State” of America.How can we articulate to our kids to dream big, when they wake up every morning to a nightmare produced by ego and political gamesmanship, one who cares more about Political points than Progress for the people?Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban LeagueAs a leader, I rise to add my voice to those who are proud to live in and honor Baltimore, those from Baltimore and those who credit Baltimore for assisting them to be who they are today. Mr. Trump, if you’d like to make a statement, let’s talk about strengthening the middle-class in Baltimore, merely acknowledging the lower-class in Baltimore, let’s talk about supporting those who work tirelessly on the frontlines to make our city great, let’s talk about ways the federal government can better incentivize minority owned businesses and entrepreneurs to innovate and open businesses in Baltimore. If we are going to talk about Baltimore, let’s do more than just TALK. Let’s ensure that the children have increased opportunities, mere equity in opportunities to become productive citizens, as other Baltimoreans who have changed the globe utilizing what they have cultured in “Charm City.” Charm City has ultimately made America a better and more inclusive place. Make PEOPLE the POINT not politics!Tiffany Majors, President & Chief Executive Officer Greater Baltimore Urban League*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***“I have never been more shocked or disappointed that a president representing these UnitedHouse Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-45), (Courtesy photo)States would say such horrible things about a District and area that he is supposed to be representing. His comments are unacceptable as a president and a citizen on this country I am devastated.”Del. Talmadge Branch – District 45last_img read more

JU defers English admission test to July 23

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University has decided to defer its admission test in English scheduled to be held on July 21 to July 23.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress will be observing the Martyr’s Day rally on July 21 and a huge number of people are expected to attend the rally, resulting in choking of public transport. So, the university authorities have decided to push back the dates so that those appearing for the test face no difficulty. The changed date will be notified on the varsity’s website on Monday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The English written test will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm on July 23, instead of 12 noon to 2 pm on July 21. The Bengali test is scheduled from 12 noon to 2 pm on the same day,” a source in the university said. JU authorities, in the Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday, decided that admission tests will be held in six Humanities subject in the undergraduate level- that includes Bengali, English, History, Philosophy, International Relations and Comparative Literature. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt was last Wednesday when the varsity had notified that entrance tests in the six subjects will be held from July 21 to 25 and the final merit list for admission will be prepared on the basis of 50 percent of the total marks secured in HS or equivalent examination and 50 percent of the marks secured in admission tests. Majority of the students of the university had agitated pressing for their demand to bring back admission tests. The EC had earlier decided to scrap admission tests for these subjects.last_img read more

Save Business Expenses with Netbooks

first_imgApril 21, 2009 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Enroll Now for Free By Zack SternWhy Do You Need New Systems?Can you use netbooks for business? The answer depends on your specific needs, but there’s a good chance you can with current hardware. And more powerful, upcoming hardware is even more likely to work. Don’t rely on netbooks beyond their light-use design. If you’re replacing aging desktop PCs, netbooks will likely run at similar speeds without any perceived upgrade over the old hardware. A smaller case is nice but probably nets a result of wasted money.Consider netbooks more if you’re replacing old laptops. Speed gains will still be modest at best, but the little laptops could cost a lot less than more powerful systems.Netbooks can best supplement your current laptop stable instead of putting old systems out to pasture. If you’ve added a few new employees–even temporary staff–the cheap laptops could help you ride out the tightening economy.How Will You Use the New PCs?The current crop of netbooks handles a few tasks well and is abysmal at others. Be sure that your needs fall in the former group.Consider a netbook for basic productivity tasks. Even Office applications are on the threshold of straining the systems–but I think most hardware is just fast enough. Better–and lighter–uses include web browsing and email. And if your office uses online tools in a browser, the netbooks will likely work well.Avoid netbooks for more taxing, media applications. Forget any regular graphics- or audio-creation software. Forget video editing. Even media playback can be a chore on these laptops.Pick a Netbook and ExtrasIf you’re going to buy a netbook, first choose between Windows XP and Linux. Linux can offer lighter system needs and therefore streamlined performance. However the hurdle of adjusting to a new OS and rethinking your software might be too big.Netbook hardware specs are generally similar between different brands. Most of all, check out the screen and keyboard sizes. I type poorly on netbooks with 9-inch screens because the smaller form-factor shrinks the keyboard too much. See how you handle the smaller keyboards. And check out screen resolution. You’re not likely to get a lot, but get one with a resolution of 1,024×600 or greater–the typical size.Load up on RAM; shoot for 2GB. It’ll help bolster an otherwise sluggish system. And get at least 16GB of disk storage. Anything less can be too cramped next to system and application files.You’ll need peripherals for heavy netbook use. Definitely add a full-size keyboard if you’ll be typing in an office, hotel, or other longer-term location. And dig up an old monitor–or add a cheap new one–for more constant in-office use.Upcoming netbooks could act a lot more like full laptops, although there aren’t any specific release plans yet. But if you need new hardware now, the current crop can fit into a small business if you know what to expect.last_img read more

Conor and Peter in the welding shop checking the

first_imgConor and Peter in the welding shop, checking the angle of the bench.More to come. Paolo Van Erp is grinding the welding joints of one of the benches. September 7, 2015This continues our report on the re-design of seating on the East Housing Balcony.The steel frame for the benches has been welded and put into place to make sure that they fit.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Workshop participant Conor Denison is working on one of the benches.last_img

Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman Video delivery firm

first_imgHarmonic CEO, Patrick HarshmanVideo delivery firm Harmonic has signed a binding offer to acquire compression specialist Thomson Video Networks.Under the terms of the offer, Harmonic would 100% of Thomson for roughly US$75 million in cash plus up to US$15 million in post-closing adjustments.France-headquartered Thomson said that the proposed deal is consistent with its strategy to accelerate development by giving the company “greater global scale and resources”.Harmonic CEO Patrick Harshman said that the combined company would “set the bar for video innovation globally.”Thomson’s shareholders have granted Harmonic with exclusivity while it secures financing for the deal.Both companies said they expect the deal to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.Separately, Harmonic announced yesterday its intention to offer a US$125 million convertible note offering, with plans to use US$70 million of the net proceeds to pay a portion of the costs associated with the acquisition of Thomson.Commenting on the planned takeover, Harshman said: “The combined product portfolios, R&D teams and global sales and service personnel would allow us to accelerate innovation for our customers while leveraging greater scale to drive operational efficiencies.”Harmonic said that Thomson’s regional strength in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America would enhance its global footprint and claimed there is less than 50% customer overlap between the companies.The combined business would have a video-focused global R&D organisation of more than 600 engineers, a global service organisation of more than 300 professionals and a network of over 300 channel partners, according to Harmonic.last_img read more

Roku has promoted Scott Rosenberg to general manag

first_imgRoku has promoted Scott Rosenberg to general manager of platform business and at the same time announced the departure of Steve Shannon.Scott RosenbergRosenberg was previously general manager and senior vice president of advertising while Shannon was general manager and senior vice president of content and service. Both joined the company in 2012.Rosenberg will now lead Roku’s content distribution and related services in addition to its advertising business.Roku said that the move combines the staff and resources of advertising, content distribution and related services and will accelerate Roku’s ability to build innovative platform products, drive user engagement, and monetise active accounts.“Steve joined Roku in the early days of our monetisation strategy and was instrumental in developing key advertising, content and services initiatives as well as recruiting top talent like Scott,” said Roku CEO Anthony Wood.“We are grateful for the contributions Steve made and wish him the very best as he moves on to his next great adventure.”last_img read more