Mens heads tonsured womens nails trimmed for not following rituals

first_imgJamshedpur: The Jharkhand Police has detained six people for allegedly forcibly tonsuring the heads of nine men and trimming the nails of seven women in Seraikela-Kharsawan district after they refused to perform the rituals themselves following the death of a fellow villager, police said on Monday.One of the victims, however, claimed that the accused did this as they alleged that they (victims) practise black magic. The accused were detained on Sunday after the police received information about the incident that took place in Chhota Krishnapur village on May 23. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSuperintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Sinha said a resident of the village died recently and the other villagers shaved their heads as per Hindu customs, but 16 men and women of 12 families refused to perform the ritual. The victims worship a “Guru Maa” and they neither follow Hindu rituals nor go to temples, he said. Considering their refusal inauspicious, the villagers held a meeting and directed the 16 men and women to take a bath and shave their heads so that they could be “purified”, the SP said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsWhen the victims refused to obey the diktat, the villagers allegedly forcibly tonsured the heads of the men and trimmed the nails of the women, he said. However, one of the victims, Sushila Mahato, offered a different version of the incident. “The villagers, including the gram pradhan, forcibly shaved the heads of our men and cut women’s nails alleging that we practise black magic,” claimed Mahato, who works as a cook in a government school. The victims did not inform the police directly as, Mahato claimed, they are supposed to do it through the village head. The SP said the detained people, including the gram pradhan, are being questioned. The victims have left their homes and taken shelter at the ‘Andh-Vishwas Unmulan Kendra’ (Centre for Eradication of Superstition) in Birbans village under the Saraikela police station. The centre is run with the support of an NGO, Free Legal Aid Committee (FLAC). FLAC chairman Premji demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and stringent action against them to check recurrence of such incidents. The incident stems from superstition, which still exists, particularly among the poor sections of the society, he said.last_img read more

Varun has shown a great career graph: Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher on Thursday praised his “Judwaa 2” co-star Varun Dhawan, saying he has grown into a “big hardworking star”. Varun recently paid a visit to Anupam at his acting school here. Sharing a glimpse of the meeting, Anupam took to Instagram and wrote a post for him along with a video. “I have seen my friend David Dhawan’s son Varun since he was a small child. So to see him grow into this big hardworking star/actor is such a wonderful feeling. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “He has shown a great graph from his first film to now. It was gracious of him to drop in at our school. In fact, his own school,” Anupam wrote. In the video, Varun, an Actor Prepares alumnus, is also seen praising Anupam. He called him his “family member”. “I have not seen him for sometime but he came and had breakfast with me when I needed the inspiration… more than anything, I needed a family and a family member and he was there. Thank you so much,” said Varun, who has also worked with Anupam in “Main Tera Hero”.last_img read more

Quebecor reports Q1 profit up from year ago, doubles quarterly dividend

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B) MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc. more than doubled its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit rose compared with a year ago.The media and telecommunications company says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 11.25 cents per share, up from 5.5 cents.The increased payment to shareholders came as Quebecor says it earned $189.0 million or 74 cents per share in the first quarter of 2019, up from $57.1 million or 24 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue totalled nearly $1.03 billion for the quarter ended March 31, compared with $1.00 billion in the first quarter of 2018.On an adjusted basis, Quebecor says it earned 44 cents per share from continuing activities compared with 38 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 44 cents per share and revenue of $1.03 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

India tops list of highest migrant remittances says World Bank

20 March 2008India tops the list of recipient countries of migrant remittances at $27 billion last year, followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and France, the World Bank says in a new report released today. India tops the list of recipient countries of migrant remittances at $27 billion last year, followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and France, the World Bank says in a new report released today.“In many developing countries, remittances provide a lifeline for the poor,” said Dilip Ratha, senior economist and co-author of the “Migration and Remittances Factbook 2008.”He added that “they are often an essential source of foreign exchange and a stabilizing force for the economy in turbulent times.”Tajikistan, Moldova and Tonga were the top remittance-receiving countries as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP).In 2005, the United States was the top immigration country, with 38.4 million immigrants, followed by Russia with 12.1 million and Germany with 10.1 million. As a percentage of the population, Qatar (78 per cent), Andorra (78 per cent) and the United Arab Emirates (71 per cent) were the top countries.“Migration is sometimes used as a political pawn, and policies are too often based on anecdotes or misconceptions,” said Uri Dadush, Director of the World Bank’s Development Prospects Group and International Trade Department. “By presenting the numbers and facts behind these stereotypes, this publication aims to paint a more objective picture of a crucial aspect of development.”International migrants are mostly people who move voluntarily, but the World Bank noted that in 2005, there were some 13.5 million refugees and asylum seekers, comprising 7 per cent of global migrants.The Factbook also found that the volume of South-South migration is almost the same as South-North migration.It pointed out that smaller countries are more likely to have higher rates of skilled emigrations. For example, nearly all of the physicians trained in Grenada and Dominica have emigrated. read more

SecretaryGeneral stresses merits of switching to green economy

Addressing reporters at a joint press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mr. Ban said that many have come to understand the value of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.“It can help solve the economic crisis,” he emphasized. “It will create jobs and spur growth. It is a critical step towards a sustainable future, for rich nations as well as poor.”The Secretary-General also issued a call to help the world’s poorest, underscoring the need for new partnerships to promote development, growth, global health and the elimination of extreme poverty and hunger.Climate change featured prominently at the five-day meeting – which drew more than 2,500 people, including 40 Heads of State, top UN officials and business leaders – in the Swiss Alps city.Sessions at the Forum focused on, among others, catalyzing resources for a low-carbon economy, the role of the media in raising awareness on the issue and the contribution that the travel and tourism sector can make in combating climate change.Yesterday, Mr. Ban said in an address to the Forum that “climate change threatens all our goals for development and social progress. Indeed, it is the one true existential threat to the planet.”But climate change “also presents us with a gilt-edged opportunity. By tackling climate change head-on we can solve many of our current troubles, including the threat of global recession,” he added. “We stand at a crossroads. It is important that we realize we have a choice. We can choose short-sighted unilateralism and business as usual. Or we can grasp global cooperation and partnership on a scale never before seen.”The Secretary-General held several bilateral meetings today, including with Mr. Brown, during which the two leaders discussed Gaza and the Middle East peace process, an upcoming meeting of the so-called Group of 20 nations in London, climate change, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Sudan.This weekend, he will travel to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to attend the summit of the African Union (AU). 30 January 2009“Greening” the economy will result in the twin benefits of tackling climate change and stimulate job creation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Security Council voices grave concern over worsening situation in Yemen

9 August 2011The Security Council today expressed grave concern over what it said was a serious deterioration of the economic and humanitarian situation in Yemen amid worsening security, including the threat from Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. In a press statement, the Council urged all parties in Yemen to ensure that those in need of humanitarian assistance can be reached, voicing concern over the increasing interruption of the flow of basic supplies. The United Nations body also urged all parties to refrain from targeting vital infrastructure. “The members of the Security Council urged all sides in Yemen to reject violence and show maximum restraint,” said the statement, read to reporters by Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month. “They called upon all the parties to respect their obligations under applicable international law.” The Council also called on all parties to urgently seek a solution to the crisis in an inclusive, orderly and Yemeni-led process of political transition that meets the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni people for change. It took note of the inter-Yemeni efforts in that regard, saying the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) initiative continues to be important. Members of the Security Council welcomed the efforts of the Good Offices of the Secretary-General through his Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar, and those of the GCC. The statement was issued following a briefing to the Council by Mr. Benomar. Civil unrest in Yemen has escalated this year, as it has across much of North Africa and the Middle East, with often bloody mass protests by civilians calling for political reform and greater democracy. read more

United removes Boeing Max from schedule until midDecember

United Airlines is again delaying the earliest possible return of its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets.The airline said Friday that it has removed the Max from its schedule until Dec. 19, six weeks longer than previously planned.United owns 14 Max jets, which have been grounded since March after the second of two accidents that together killed 346 people.Taking the Max out of the schedule now reduces United’s risk of alienating customers by cancelling flights closer to the departure date.Boeing is working to fix flight-control software implicated in both crashes. The company expects to formally submit its changes to the Federal Aviation Administration in September, although FAA pilots and other experts have been testing new software for several months.David Koenig, The Associated Press read more

UN health agency steps up war on multibilliondollar counterfeit medicine market

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and more than 20 international partners inaugurated the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) in Bonn, Germany, with a programme covering legislation, law enforcement, regulation, technology and communication to fight the counterfeit drugs, which in some parts of the world account for more than 30 per cent of the total medicine market.“The impact on people’s lives behind these figures is devastating,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals Howard Zucker said. “Whether rich or poor, many patients trustingly taking medicines may end up sicker or die. In addition, precious resources spent on these medicines go to waste.” IMPACT warned against buying medicines from rogue web sites, where 50 per cent of drugs may be counterfeit, and cautioned governments that existing laws against medical counterfeiters are inadequate and do not act as deterrents.Counterfeit medicines, which rake in tens of billions of dollars annually, range from products containing no active ingredients to those with highly toxic substances. The legal systems of most countries do not consider the problem a more serious crime than counterfeiting luxury items such as handbags or watches, WHO warned.National laws are designed more to protect trademarks than people’s health and in some industrialized countries, counterfeiting T-shirts receives a harsher punishment than counterfeiting medicines.IMPACT will present guiding principles for model legislation to help countries adapt their laws to the gravity of the crime. “A major objective is for countries to agree that counterfeiting is a crime against human security and incorporate that principle into their laws,” Dr. Zucker said.Legislation, regulation and enforcement also provide the basis for dealing with the sale of counterfeit medicines on the Internet, which is already rife in industrialized countries and is growing in a number of emerging economies in Latin America and Asia, WHO noted. Some Internet pharmacies are completely legal operations, requiring prescriptions and delivering medicine from government-licensed facilities, but others operate illegally without prescriptions and use unapproved or counterfeit products.“This area needs more work,” WHO Coordinator of IMPACT Valerio Reggi said. “But the message for now is: do not take the risk of buying your medicines from unknown sources, such as the Internet. If you must buy from the Internet, ensure that the website is that of a pharmacy you know and trust.”Latest estimates show that more than 30 per cent of medicines in some areas of Latin America, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are counterfeit. In emerging economies, the rate is put at 10 per cent but in many former Soviet republics it can be as high as 20 per cent.In wealthy nations with strong regulatory mechanisms, counterfeits account for less than 1 per cent of the market value, but 50 per cent of illegal Internet sales are counterfeit.Three countries with a high rate of counterfeits have already started tackling the problem with IMPACT’s support. Indonesia and Mali have begun campaigns to educate the public and dissuade people from buying on the black market. Viet Nam is setting up mechanisms to coordinate more effectively among regulatory, police, customs and provincial authorities to improve detection of counterfeit medicines and counterfeiters. read more

Paying tribute to earthquake victims UN adviser says Haiti on its path

“This loss is also a reminder of the risks that we face, deployed around the world, in the service of peace, security and stability,” said Dr. David Nabarro, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, in a note issued by the UN spokesperson.“As an official of the UN, I am heartened that seven years after this tragedy, Haiti has found its path to political stability with the election of a new president and parliament, and I stand with the people of Haiti, and all of our colleagues around the world, in honouring the memory of those we lost but whom are never forgotten,” he said.“We continue to stand together to ensure a better, safer, and healthier year for the people of Haiti in 2017 and beyond,” he added.Also today, The United Nations in Haiti paid tribute to the memory of all Haitians, women, men and children, as well as United Nations colleagues, national, international and volunteer personnel who lost their lives in the deadly 2010 quake.During a ceremony held at the UN offices in Port-au-Prince, Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission in the country known by its French acronym, MINUSTAH, renewed her condolences to the families of the victims and expressed sympathy for all those whose lives continue to be affected by this tragedy.“We cannot forget this tragic event, the brutality of which has marked us all. We cannot forget those who have left us, and that is why we gather today to remember, each one of us, the joys they have given us and the sorrows we have shared; of their love for Haiti,” she said. On this ‘National Day of Reflection and Awareness on the Vulnerability of Haiti to Risks and Disasters,’ Ms. Honoré also emphasized the courage of the survivors whose “determination and dedication have enabled Haiti to rise and move forward.”While honouring the efforts to strengthen the policy of prevention and management of risks and disasters, as well as the modification and implementation of construction standards in the country, Ms. Honoré also paid tribute to the victims of Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through the tiny nation on 4 October 2016.VIDEO: In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010, millions of Haitian lives were shattered, particularly those of young people. UNDEF is supporting projects around Haiti to boost the potential of the country’s youth, who have lost hope and a sense of purpose in the years following the tragic event. read more

Putin get out of Ukraine 50000 turn out for antiintervention rally in

first_imgAROUND 50,000 PEOPLE rallied in central Moscow today in protest at Russia’s intervention in Ukraine — a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule.Waving both Ukrainian and Russian flags and shouting slogans heard during the anti-government protests in Kiev, the demonstrators urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back from a Cold War-style confrontation.Marchers carried placards reading “Putin, get out of Ukraine” and others comparing Russia’s move on Crimea with the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland as Europe rushed headlong into World War II.Many of the protesters adopted the chants and slogans of Ukraine’s popular uprising that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych last month.University professor Yelena Orlova, 47, whose sign read “Ukraine is a sovereign state”, said she did not expect the rally would change her government’s position, but believed it was her duty to speak out.“I don’t agree with the policy of Putin,” she told AFP. “I am against the annexation of Crimea. I think Russia should respect the borders of Ukraine.”A huge column of people snaked along a central boulevard with a hotch-potch of flags and hand-written placards.[Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP/Press Association Images]After the march, the protesters gathered on Prospekt Sakharova, the scene of huge anti-Putin rallies that shook Russia in 2011-12.“We are patriots and Putin is Russia’s enemy,” activist Ilya Yashin said from the stage.“Ukraine is a brotherly nation and we will not allow them (the government) to march us into a fratricidal war.”An AFP team at the rally said its numbers had swelled rapidly from an initial 5,000 at around 2.00pm, and stood at approximately 50,000 two hours later.An earlier estimate from the police put the number at 3,000.Russian police frequently downplay the size of opposition demonstrations.A livestream of the rally on one website accessible in Moscow had been viewed around 240,000 times, according to a counter.Some leftist protesters were waving the black and red banners of the hugely controversial Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), which fought both Soviet and Nazi forces during World War II.A helicopter buzzed overhead as some chanted “The main enemy is in the Kremlin. No to fascism, no to imperialism.”Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader, addresses demonstrators [AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko]Days after Europe-leaning activists toppled the Moscow-approved government in Kiev last month, thousands of pro-Russian gunmen took control of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea fleet.A newly appointed government there declared it would leave Ukraine and has set a referendum on the issue for tomorrow.Moscow, which backs the government in Crimea and refuses to recognise the new administration in Kiev, says the plebiscite is a legitimate opportunity for the largely Russian-speaking peninsula to determine its own future.Kiev and its Western allies say the referendum is an illegal fig leaf for a land-grab by the Kremlin, which it accuses of trying to unilaterally re-draw the post WWII map of Europe.A rival demonstration within sight of the Kremlin in central Moscow, which appeared to be well-organised, attracted 15,000 people in support of Putin, police estimated.Television cameras, which swooped over the heads of demonstrators, showed uniform lines of people wearing red and carrying red flags as speakers lashed out at “fascists” in Ukraine they say are targeting ethnic Russians.“There will never be a Maidan in Moscow,” ultra-conservative figure Sergei Kurginyan shouted from the stage, referring to the focal point of the Kiev uprising.- © AFP, 2014Read: Two Ukrainians killed on eve of Crimea breakaway voteRead: ‘No common vision’: Last-ditch US-Russia talks on Crimea end in failurelast_img read more

Le Grand Canyon menacé par lexploitation minière

first_imgLe Grand Canyon menacé par l’exploitation minièreLes demandes d’exploitation des réserves d’uranium du Grand canyon se sont multipliées ces dernières années. Pour décider d’accorder ou non son autorisation, le gouvernement américain a publié un rapport sur l’impact environnemental potentiel d’une telle activité.L’une des sept merveilles de la nature, le Parc National du Grand Canyon en Arizona, pourrait bien être d’ici peu menacée par l’exploitation minière de ses réserves d’uranium. C’est ce que révèle un rapport du gouvernement américain rendu public aujourd’hui même. En effet depuis 2003, les entreprises minières ont envoyé plus de 2.215 demandes d’exploitation alors que celle-ci est interdite depuis 1908. Et si la Maison Blanche a décidé qu’elle ne communiquerait pas sa réponse avant juillet 2011, les pressions sont de plus en plus fortes.À lire aussiCe trou géant s’est transformé en un écosystème incroyable en ChineCela fait maintenant près de 60 ans que les compagnies minières convoitent les réserves d’uranium du Parc National du Grand Canyon en Arizona qui recouvre près de 4.930 kilomètres carrés. Jusqu’ici, les demandes d’exploitation restaient peu nombreuses et le gouvernement américain maintenait son interdiction. Mais ces dix dernières années, le développement de programmes nucléaires dans des pays comme la Chine ou la Corée a provoqué une considérable hausse des prix. De 5 euros la livre en 2001, l’uranium est passé à plus de 46 euros. Pas étonnant que l’intérêt se porte sur les réserves du Grand Canyon particulièrement riches et surtout de très bonne qualité.Pourtant, au vu du rapport publié, il vaudrait mieux que le gouvernement américain maintienne son interdiction. Car si l’uranium n’est pas nuisible à l’état naturel, une fois dilué dans l’eau, il pourrait bien rejoindre les sources et finir par contaminer la rivière Colorado qui alimente les 18 millions d’habitants de Los Angeles. De même, une telle pollution mettrait en péril l’écosystème de la région, de la végétation du désert aux milliers d’espèces animales qui y vivent. “Le Grand Canyon est un trésor international et réputé pour ses étendues à couper le souffle. Ses sources isolées et ses cavernes abritent une remarquable diversité de vie, comprenant des espèces que l’on trouve nulle part ailleurs. L’exploitation de l’uranium menace simplement toutes ces espèces”, a assuré au Guardian Taylor McKinnon du Centre for biological diversity.Le 18 février 2011 à 16:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Theory Ties Phantom Limb Pain to Misfiring Neurons

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Phantom limb pain—discomfort seemingly located in a missing part of the body—remains a mystery to scientists and doctors.But Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has a new theory that could explain the condition.Building on previous work using machine learning and augmented reality, the electrical engineering professor described his hypothesis of “stochastic entanglement” in a paper published by the journal Frontiers in Neurology.The idea is that after amputation, out-of-work neural circuitry related to the missing limb can become “entangled” with other neural networks—in this case, the one responsible for pain perception.“Imagine you lose your hand,” Catalan explained. “That leaves a big chunk of ‘real estate’ in your brain, and in your nervous system as a whole, without a job. It stops processing any sensory input, it stops producing any motor output to move the hand. It goes idle—but not silent.”The patient, missing his right arm, can see himself on screen in augmented reality, with a virtual limb (via Max Ortiz Catalan)Neurons, he said, are never completely silent. When not busy with a particular job, they can fire at random.“Normally, sporadic synchronized firing wouldn’t be a big deal, because it’s just part of the background noise, and it won’t stand out,” Catalan said in a statement. “But in patients with a missing limb, such [an] event could stand out when little else is going on at the same time.“This can result in a surprising, emotionally charged experience—to feel pain in a part of the body you don’t have,” he continued. “Such a remarkable sensation could reinforce a neural connection, make it stick out, and help establish an undesirable link.”Following the principle of Hebb’s Law—”neurons that fire together, wire together”—this new theory can explain why not all amputees suffer from the condition. The randomness, or stochasticity, suggests simultaneous firing may not occur or become linked, in all patients.Catalan’s paper also highlights the Phantom Motor Execution (PME) treatment method he previously developed.Electrodes attached to the residual limb catch signals intended for the missing part and translate them through AI algorithms into movements. Users can see and control the digitally rendered extremity on a screen in real time.“The patients can start reusing those areas of the brain that had gone idle,” Catalan said. “Making use of that circuitry helps to weaken and disconnect the entanglement to the pain network.“It’s a kind of ‘inverse Hebb’s law’—the more those neurons fire apart, the weaker their connection,” he continued. “Or, it can be used preventatively, to protect against the formation of those links in the first place.”A fresh theory could help unravel some mysteries surrounding phantom limb pain, and, with the right treatment, offer relief to affected sufferers.Machine learning and bionic technology have been used in the past two improve the way artificial body parts perform. Find out more about high-tech prosthetics here.center_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more

Barca record comfortable win over Alaves

first_imgFC Barcelona began their La Liga title defence with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday, according to Sky Sports.Lionel Messi scored the club’s 6000th Spanish League goal with his first goal of the night.The Catalans came closest to opening the scoring in a quiet first 30 minutes, with Luis Suarez, making his 200th appearance for the club, firing just over the crossbar.Messi, who also scored the club’s 5,000th league goal in 2009, fired a free-kick against the bar after 38 minutes but the game remained goalless at the break.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Argentine captain broke the deadlock in the second half when his free-kick went under the wall and into the net to give Barca the lead.Coutinho who came in at the start of the second half for Nelson Semedo doubled Barcelona’s advantage with a lovely curling strike into the back of the net.Messi completed the rout with his second goal of the night coming in added time, as Barca secured their first La Liga win of the season.last_img read more

Washingtons handgun database lags behind sales

first_imgEVERETT — The Washington firearms database is missing information from thousands of handgun sales as the state struggles to keep up with the speed of purchases.The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database, which is used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations, the Daily Herald reported Sunday ( week, employees in the state agency were handling purchases made in March.The department is asking the governor and lawmakers for $409,000 in next year’s supplemental budget to hire several part-timers to clear the paperwork.Spokeswoman Christine Anthony said the licensing department is required by law to keep the database up to date.“We see this as a public safety issue that law enforcement should be able to access this information from their vehicle,” she said.While it doesn’t appear the backlog has become problematic, law enforcement leaders want it rectified because the database is heavily used.Officers from city, county and state law enforcement agencies tapped into it 1.7 million times in 2012. And most were unaware it lacked information on thousands of gun sales.“It is very important to us. We certainly want it updated as much as possible,” said Mitch Barker, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.There are five full-time employees in the department’s Firearms Program who enter data, deal with applicants for handgun licenses and answer questions from firearm dealers.last_img read more

D Editor Ill be Writing and Illustrating Every Story in Our February

first_imgInteresting quote in the story about layoffs at Dallas’ D magazine, via executive editor Tim Rogers:”What that means is I’ll be writing and illustrating every story in our February issue, for starters.”Full text of Rogers’ e-mail to FOLIO::Here’s what I can tell you about the cuts: We’ve experienced explosive growth since I came to work for the company seven years ago. We assembled the best team of media professionals in North Texas — if not the Milky Way. Every one of the 14 people we let go from the magazine division will be missed. It was a painful process.The reason for the cuts? Ad revenue for us is down. More important, our projections indicate 2009 will be a lean year. We did what was necessary to keep our company profitable and healthy.As for D Magazine proper, we did not lose a single edit or art person — though we all took pay cuts. And we will be working with reduced freelance budgets. What that means is I’ll be writing and illustrating every story in our February issue, for starters. Expect a magazine focused on every detail of my personal life. Should be a newsstand killer.—Tim RogersExecutive EditorD Magazine4311 Oak Lawn, Suite 100Dallas, TX 75219[PHONE REDACTED]www.dmagazine.comlast_img read more

Rohingya aid truck crash kills 9

first_img.At least nine people were killed and 13 others injured after a relief-laden truck for Rohingya people had fallen into a roadside ditch near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila on Thursday.The deceased are day laborers, said district superintendant of police Sanjit Kumar Roy.Bandarban Red Crescent Society secretary AKN Jahangir said driver of a relief truck for the Rohingya refugees of Shonkhola temporary Rohingya camp lost his control over the streering and the truck veered off the road.The truck fell into a roadside ditch in the area around 7:45am, leaving six people killed on the spot and eight others injured, he added.Local upazila health complex resident physician Salman Karim Kahn said some 16 injured were admitted in the hospital and three of them succumbed to their injuries. Another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.Bandarban deputy Commissioner (DC) Dilip Kumar Banik confirmed the incident.last_img read more

Khaleda not produced before court for illness

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia. Prothom Alo File PhotoA Dhaka court on Monday fixed 17 April for the next hearing in the Gatco corruption case filed against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia and others as she could not be produced before the court due to illness, reports UNB. Judge Abu Syed Diljar Hossain of the Special Judge Court-3 of Dhaka set the date.Earlier on 27 February, the court fixed today (Monday) for hearing on charge framing against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and 16 others in the case.On 7 February, the prosecution began hearing on charge framing in the corruption case.On 25 November last, the High Court directed the trial court to conclude the trial proceedings in the case within six months.On 2 September, 2007, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the case against two Gatco directors, Khaleda and others.They were accused of causing a loss of Tk 10 billion to the state by awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to Gatco.The ACC pressed charges on 13 May the following year against 24 people, including nine former ministers and state ministers of Khaleda’s cabinet. Six of the accused have so far died.last_img read more

Xbox 360 Slowly Gains On Nintendo Wii

first_imgMicrosoft Xbox 360 may finally be able to beat the Nintendo Wii. While Wii sales have slowed down, the console has been a top seller for some time now, thanks to the unique games, low prices, and the endless supply accessories. Now the Xbox 360 is looking to take over, thanks in large part to the success of the Kinect.Since Microsoft has released the the peripheral, sales for the console has risen. Between the hit game series like Halo, and, Call of Duty the sales for the Xbox 360 have started to compete with the Wii at last. It is about time that Microsoft can finally beat with Nintendo. It should be interesting to see how Nintendo will handle this, after all the big wigs on Nintendo have said that the Wii 2 isn’t coming anytime soon. Via Attack of the Fan Boylast_img read more

SpiceJet launches endtoend travel solutions platform SpiceVacationscom

first_imgSpiceJet has rolled out an end-to-end travel solutions platform,, which offers customised travel packages, where customers can avail various services while planning their holiday, at no added offers a comprehensive platform for customers to choose from thousands of travel packages, spread over a vast network of domestic and international destinations.Customers need to simply decide on the theme of their vacation, say – pilgrimage, honeymoon or a wildlife tour and the platform displays a wide variety of deals in terms of the location, hotel arrangements, local sight-seeing tours, car rentals among others. Customers can also hand-pick the service features to customise their deal packs to best suit their needs and preferences.“We want to ensure our customers have a ‘Red.Hot.Spicy’ experience every single time they venture out for a trip then may it be a long leisure escape or a brief business tour. has been designed as a one-stop shop offering enviable travel deals for you to pick and choose from amongst the best the industry can offer and its unique customisation features adds that extra finesse to your planning exercise, enabling you to experience the perfect holiday every single time,” said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.last_img read more

Turkey has not changed

first_imgTurkey’s stance on Cyprus has not wavered for more than four decades, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday night.He was speaking at the presidential palace at an evening event to mark the 44th anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion.“Turkey says that seizure of property, the violation of human rights, the settlements, and the presence of Turkish troops, are all supposedly because our compatriots feel unsafe,” he said.The President added that Ankara is ‘voluntarily’ ignoring the fact that the Greek Cypriot community accepted the bizonal bicommunal federation with political equality, following a difficult compromise.He said Turkey is ignoring the EU acquis and international law, “which is the protection of human rights and the protection of each person, regardless of ethnicity or religion.”Regarding the Cyprus talks, the President said he is ‘sorry’ for this pretext Turkey is using, as it is in complete opposition to what was agreed during talks, namely that the security of one community could not come at the expense of the other.“A member state of the UN and a full member of the EU cannot be considered independent and sovereign if it is subject to anachronistic guarantees and intervention rights of any third country.”He said the UN also accepts this stance, as set out by organisation’s secretary general.President Anastasiades said that at the Crans-Montana talks in 2017 the Greek Cypriot side’s proposal followed UN guidelines.“We proposed an overall security architecture that would replace the anachronism and the strategic aspirations of third countries in Cyprus,” he added.Responding to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci’s comment that the Greek Cypriot community continues to see itself as the ‘only landlord’ of Cyprus, the president said: “Our respect towards our Turkish Cypriot compatriots is a fact and we prove it through the acceptance of political equality, and also their full participation in the governance of the country.”However, Anastasiades said the Greek Cypriot side could not accept provisions that would equate to a numerical equality in governance or create a state where one community, ‘and in fact the lesser population-wise’, would enjoy benefits that would make the solution non-viable and dysfunctional.“A state, which instead of creating the conditions for peaceful coexistence, would be stillborn through the constant impasses that would be caused by the constitutional provisions that are not prevalent in any federal member state of the UN and the EU,” he said.The president added that he has reiterated the Greek Cypriot side’s will to restart talks to the international community, the EU, and the UN.Anastasiades said he hoped UN envoy Jane Holl Lute’s meetings on July 23 would allow the UN secretary-general to start a new round of talks.He added that he hoped the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey would meet the new perspective positively, and take into account all the parameters the secretary-general set during Crans-Montana and not just some of them.He called on the Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriot leader to ‘understand that the Greek Cypriot community wants to find a solution as soon as possible.’“In closing, I would like to emphasise that despite the differences between us, we share the same principles and values but, above all, the common will to end the occupation and create prosperity for future generations, and, I repeat, in security and stability. This is the most important.”Cypriots woke up Friday to the sound of sirens at 5.30am, the time the Turkish invasion was launched and its troops landed on the island`s northern shores.On Friday morning, a memorial service for army officers and soldiers killed during the invasion took place at the Makedonitissa Tomb in Nicosia, presided over by Anastasiades. The Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos also attended with his Cypriot counterpart Savvas Angelides, representatives of the Church and political leaders. This was followed by the ceremony for the Noratlas plane, and the main church service at Phaneromeni in Old Nicosia.A series of other anti-occupation events took place throughout the day in all district. Political parties and various associations and organised groups have issued statements, condemning the Turkish invasion and the continuing occupation and reiterating their determination to fight for a just and viable solution.In a message, Greek Foreign Minister Nicos Kotzias said the key to a functional and viable solution to the Cyprus problem was to make the reunited state of Cyprus a normal modern state for the benefit of the entire Cypriot people “a state with full sovereignty, complete independence and territorial integrity, free from foreign occupying troops, foreign dependencies and unilateral third-country intervention”Kotzias hoped that the recent appointment of a UN envoy would create new momentum in the talks.Greece would remain a supporter of the Cypriot people, he added.You May LikeOrganic Welcome7 Common Foods That Are Bad For Your BrainOrganic WelcomeUndoHome Security SystemsBest Home Security System In Rowland HeightsHome Security SystemsUndoHearing Aids | Search AdsHearing Aid Costs Might Surprise YouHearing Aids | Search AdsUndo Morphou bishop now claims gay men have a ‘nasty smell’UndoClear winner in first round of Kition bishop voteUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img