Leaders Pay Tribute To Elie Wiesel

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.“The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Elie Wiesel turned the nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace,” Mr. Ban said. “As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.”According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to “reject indifference” in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.Extending his condolences to Mr. Wiesel’s wife, family and all others touched by this loss, the Secretary-General said that the UN is grateful for Mr. Wiesel’s contributions and remains strongly committed to Holocaust remembrance and the wider struggle for human rights for all, the spokesperson added.Bill and Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Wiesel:“Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.“Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.“As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.“We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.”last_img read more

US industrial production rose 03 per cent in December

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production increased 0.3 per cent in December, led by the biggest surge in manufacturing in ten months.The Federal Reserve says that that manufacturing output jumped 1.1 per cent last month, the largest gain since February 2018. Automakers drove much of the growth with a 4.7 per cent jump in production.Utility output slumped 6.3 per cent amid an unseasonably warm December. Mining output rose 1.5 per cent on in increased extraction of oil and natural gas.Overall industrial production is up 4 per cent from a year ago.The industrial sector was using more of capacity, in a sign that they might need to invest more in equipment and facilities. Capacity utilization for manufacturers increased 0.7 points to 76.5 per cent, a solid increase though that’s two points below the long-term average.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

SRH eye winning start against KKR

first_imgKolkata: Comeback man David Warner would be the cynosure of all eyes when last year’s finalist Sunrisers Hyderabad open their campaign against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 12th Indian Premier League here Sunday.Under Warner’s captaincy Sunrisers won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and in 2017 he was the leading rungetter for his team. But the Australian opener missed the last IPL because of last year’s infamous ball tampering episode in Capetown, and is set make his IPL comeback along side Steve Smith. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhWarner will be the most scrutinised player for Sunrisers this season after he was banned for a year over his role in the ball-tampering scandal. While Warner and Smith were banned for a year, young Cameron Bancroft was left out for nine months for his role. And come this year, both Warner and Smith would be hoping to make an impact for their respective IPL sides. Even as his international ban will end on March 28, the left-handed opener is eligible to play in the franchise league and would be hoping to get into his zone to stake a claim in Australia’s World Cup squad. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWarner went under the knife for an elbow injury in January during the Bangladesh Premier League but made a successful comeback for his Sydney club Randy Petes with a 77-ball century in a one-day game earlier this month. Kane Williamson, who led them to runners-up finish in the Aussie’s absence last season, will continue to captain Sunrisers, a team that is known for its depth and variation in bowling. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead Sunrisers pace department, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan will be in charge of the spin attack. Sunrisers have traded in Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma for Shikhar Dhawan, but the it remains to be seen how they overcome the Indian opener’s departure. In KKR’s camp, skipper Dinesh Karthik will look to make most of the IPL opportunity to get the selectors’ attention. Taking charge of the team after Gautam Gambhir’s exit, Karthik led KKR to third place finish following their loss to SRH in the second eliminator last year. KKR have roped in Carlos Brathwaite to go along side Andre Russell, Sunil Narine as they would look to reinforce their batting firepower with Chris Lynn. Team (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Willilamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Match starts: 4pm.last_img read more

Tanu Tomar of Baghpat tops in class 12, Gautam Raghuvanshi in class 10 exams

first_imgAllahabad: Tanu Tomar of Baghpat has notched the first position in the Intermediate examination (class 12) while Gautam Raghuvanshi of Kanpur has topped the class 10th board exams of Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP), the results of which were declared on Saturday.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has congratulated the successful students and wished them for their bright future. Tanu Tomar has achieved 97 per cent scoring 489 marks out of 500. She belongs to a farmer’s family and was a student of Shri Ram Shiksha Mandir Inter College in Baraut area of Baghpat district. “She has not only bring honours to her family and the school but to the whole district,” principal Rajesh Tomar said. Over 80 per cent students have passed in the class 10 while over 70 per cent have cleared the class 12 examinations. In all over 58 lakh students have registered themselves for this year’s UP board exams.last_img read more

The Torg I have paid the price and I want to be

Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.” read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States win against Wisconsin

Columbus, it’s time to party like it’s 2002. Well, almost time at least. Your Buckeyes still have to beat Michigan next weekend to cap off the program’s first undefeated season since 2002, when the Scarlet and Gray won 14 games and the national championship.  The 2002 squad was notorious for squeaking out wins in close games, and Ohio State seems intent on honoring that team’s 10-year anniversary with an eerily similar season. In 2002 and 2012 OSU entered the season ranked outside the top 10 and was largely an afterthought when talking about the nation’s top teams. Yet week after week they won, sometimes convincingly, but more often by prevailing in nail biters. Such was the case again on Saturday, as OSU overcame Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14. The Buckeyes almost took its connection with the 2002 season too far on Saturday, as the coaching staff channeled its inner “Tressel ball.” It was surprising to see first-year coach Urban Meyer’s staff call such a conservative game. And it was even more shocking how it went about doing it. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller never got it going as a runner, but the staff seemed intent on making it happen for the Heisman hopeful. Miller averaged just 2.1 yards while receiving a team-high 23 carries. Meanwhile, junior running back Carlos Hyde averaged 5.8 yards per touch, yet only carried the ball 15 times. Hyde received eight carries on first down, and averaged 6.5 yards on those attempts. Miller averaged less than three yards on his 12 first-down carries. It was as if the coaching staff was trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, with a circular block lying right beside it. OSU’s inability to move the ball forward on first down set up many third-and-long situations. As a result, it punted a season-high nine times. Had Hyde received just a few more first-down touches, that number could have dropped dramatically. But thanks to some superb defense, clutch special teams, timely offensive production and a little bit of luck, OSU was still able to come away with the win. Just like in 2002. Put a fork in it OSU’s undefeated season is still intact, but the same can’t be said for Miller’s Heisman candidacy. Though he’s had a spectacular season, it was always unlikely that Miller would walk away with college football’s most coveted individual award. There was simply too much working against the sophomore. He plays on a team ineligible for postseason play, in a weak conference against a weaker schedule. Still, there was an outside chance that Miller could receive a late surge with statement performances against Wisconsin and Michigan. He effectively ended that hope with a clunker on Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while looking lost running the football. Surprisingly enough OSU still has a chance to win the Associated Press national title, which not long ago seemed more of a long shot than Miller winning the Heisman. The Buckeyes still need plenty of help to be chosen as the AP’s top team. Without a bowl game it will be out of sight, out of mind after next weekend, and that will hurt its cause. Not to mention there will be a definitive winner in a game designed to crown a national champion. Yes, OSU has to hope for chaos. But chaos is the name of the game in college football, especially in November. Last night alone the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, lost when they were heavily favored to win. There’s still plenty of November football to be played, with the possibility of more contenders falling at the hands of underdogs. Is it likely to happen? No, but it’s certainly possible. And just the fact that we are mentioning OSU and national championship in the same breath this season is fairly remarkable. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The entire OSU defense. Yes, it allowed more than 200 yards rushing. Yes, it surrendered the game-tying score in the final seconds of regulation. And yes, its play redefined the term “bend but don’t break.” The Buckeye defense had plenty of shortcomings on Saturday. You can blame just about every one of the members of the Buckeye offense. OSU’s offense managed a meager 36 yards in the second half, while never sustaining a drive of more than 3 minutes. By the end of the fourth quarter the defense was absolutely gassed. It was unfortunate that they conceded a score to send the game to overtime, but it could have been much worse for the Buckeyes. Senior defensive end John Simon terrorized the Wisconsin offensive line, matching a career-high with four sacks. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier made the play of the season, forcing a fumble on the goal line and preserving a late OSU lead. Junior safety Christian Bryant recovered that fumble, and also broke up a pass in overtime to win the game. There were some great individual efforts from OSU’s defense on Saturday. But as a whole, the unit played its most complete game of the season, in a contest in which it was needed the most. read more

Torres admitted that playing the final will help him psychically

first_imgFernando Torres is about to play probably his last Europa League final in his career and he admitted that this match helps him forget about the fact that his career is coming to its end.The Spaniard already announced that he will leave his beloved club after the end of the season and he admitted that it has been hard to deal with this fact – but now, he focuses on the final game and it helps him to forget.The former Liverpool striker spoke about his feelings as he said, according to Sports Mole:Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Football has given me the opportunity to return to Atletico and fight for titles as a player, and achieving the Europa League trophy would be something special without a doubt.”“The fact of having reached the final minimises the feeling of knowing that my career is over. We have a very important game ahead and I don’t have much time to think about much else.”last_img read more

Celtic will be the toughest test so far – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club midfielder Derek Johnstone will be the tougher test so far this season for Steven Gerrard’s side.The Gers are unbeaten so far in 12 games in all competitions and are also through to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after failing to make it past the first qualifying game last season.“For the first time in years, it looks as though the Rangers supporters have a team that knows what playing for the club is all about, and players who have caught the Rangers bug themselves representing the club,” Johnstone said, as quoted by EveningTimes.Lennon insists Celtic will seal its Europa League Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 The team’s manager, Neil Lennon, believes his team is ready to take advantage of its 2-0 lead against AIK Stockholm and qualify to the group stage.“The supporters are fanatical about the team and you can see the players are buying into it too. And the reaction of Gerrard himself was brilliant to see.”“There seems to be a realisation that this team could be on the brink of something special, and what would be more special than a win over Celtic this Sunday?”“If Rangers can go to Russia and get a result with nine men, then they will believe they can go to Celtic Park and get a result too. It certainly won’t be easy, because in my book Celtic are a better team than Ufa.”last_img read more

Agent Wesley Sneijder open to Galatasaray return

first_imgWesley Sneijder’s agent revealed his client would be very keen to discuss a return to GalatasarayAfter leaving Ligue 1 team OGC Nice in 2018, Sneijder has been playing his club football with Al-Gharafa in Qatar.The Dutch midfielder is contracted to Al-Gharafa until June 2019 and has been linked with a return to Galatasaray.But Sneijder’s agent, Guido Albers, announced they’ve received no offer from the Turkish club despite what reports have suggested.Although he did add that Sneijder would be up for a return to Turkey.2010 World Cup. Netherlands, Robon Van persie, Wesley Snieder, Rafel van de VartReport: Babel says ego’s cost Holland World Cup glory George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel has spoken out about four big ego’s that cost the Dutch national team, their best chance of World Cup…“If Galatasaray wants Sneijder, then we are ready to talk,” Albers told Radyospor.“A transfer in January will be difficult and Wesley has a contract for six months. In the summer, he is free of transfer and I do not have a Galatasaray offer at the moment, but if they are interested, I’m sure Wesley wants to return.”Sneijder managed 45 goals and 44 assists in 175 appearances for Galatasaray between 2012 to 2017 and won the Süper Lig twice along with the Turkish Cup three times.The former Netherlands international has also played for Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.last_img read more

PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY brings extremely high tides, fierce white caps along the reef all day and surges in Blue Hills (at least).It warrants more research but Blue Hills fishermen tell MM the surge was troublesome and brought waves way inshore.Seaweed is the only evidence now but even now an ominous cloud paints a gorgeous picture across the NW skies of Provo. Related Items:blue hills, seaweeds, Tci weather Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more

Ambulances blessed in prayer and with more EMS staff

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Aug 2015 – The Ambulances are here; after years of waiting despite having the funds to purchase the vehicles. Five new Ambulances were commissioned and blessed by Bishop C. Alexander Williams in a brief ceremony yesterday. Add to this, nine new medics were added to the team, taking the EMS team to 19; ten of whom are based in Provo. Champion Motors, on Thursday, delivered the five ambulances to the country, Provo got two more of the emergency vehicles, while South Caicos, North and Middle Caicos and Grand Turk received one ambulance each. Related Items:ambulanced, Bishop C. Alexander Williams, blessed, premier rufus ewing Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested For Driving Excavator Into His Home With Family Inside

first_imgAccording to the online Trooper dispatch, Leadens was found to have driven an excavator into his house which his family was in. Leadens was intoxicated. Leadens was arrested, transported, and ultimately remanded to Wildwood Pretrial for one count DV Assault 3, one count Assault 3 non-DV, DUI, and DV Criminal Mischief 3. Troopers did not respond for comment on whether or not there were any reported injuries nor describe the level of damage the house sustained. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was arrested over the weekend for driving an excavator into his house which his family was in. The Alaska State Troopers responded on Saturday to the disturbance. Troopers arrived on scene and contacted the Matthew Leadens, 40, Soldotna.last_img read more

99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On May 29

first_imgLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Local Heroes Club To Hold Fundraiser To Benefit Veterans At 99 Restaurant On Sept. 11In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Northside PAC On March 5In “Community”99 Restaurant To Host Fundraiser For Cops With Kids For Cancer On June 5In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — The Northside PAC is holding a “Dining For A Cause” fundraiser at the Ninety Nine Restaurant (144 Lowell Street) on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, from 4pm to 11pm.15% of your bill will be donated to the Parent Advisory Council if you present the flyer below to your server/host.  The donation applies to both dine-on AND take-out orders.  No coupons, discounts or promotions are accepted during the fundraiser.last_img read more

Minister Shahjahan capturing banking sector

first_img.Shipping minister Shajahan Khan, who often created controveries by exerting influence in transport and labour sectors, is now making intervention in the banking sector.He is scheduled to hold a meeting with members of Bangladesh Bank Employees Union, commonly known as CBA leaders, to discuss ‘the overall situation of the sector’.Some bankers have expressed their concern over the minister’s move, saying that this is an ominous sign, especially at a time when the banking sector is in dire straits.Officials concerned said the CBA (collective bargaining agent) leaders who would attend the two-day meeting, would be given conveyance and daily allowances, according to an order issued by the central bank.The presence of 18 CBA leaders at the meeting will also be considered as onduty hours.“I’ve never heard of anything like this in my 25 years of career. Employee unions will do their activities independently. How can giving rumuneration for that and their attending of meeting be considered as working hours? It’s really a wild imagination!” said former deputy governor of Bangladesh Bank Khandakar Ibrahim Khaled.“It makes us understand where the regulatory institution is heading for?” he added.According to the central bank order, shipping minister Shajahan Khan will hold a views exchange meeting at the central bank’s CBA office on 15 and 16 November.The order said the CBA leaders will be exempted from the official duty from 14 November to 17 November.The 18 officers from Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Bogra, Sylhet, Barisal and Rangpur will be entitled to such privileges. They are either the central bank’s regional committee’s president or secretaries.Former caretaker government adviser and member of Transparency International Banhladesh (TIB) trustee board, M Hafizuddin Khan said, “It’s illegal. They can get the allowances only if they attend any Bangladesh Bank programme. Who is shipping minister to brief them on the banking sector?”“I saw CBA was used to be involved in fishy acts. I can’t understand why Bangladesh Bank has taken such decision,” he added.The order giving the privilege was issued after its approval from the deputy governor concerned, SM Moniruzzaman, and also from the governor, Fazle Kabir, some BB officials confirmed.Deputy governor SM Moniruzzaman did not respond to any phone call and query through texted messages.Bangladesh Bank’s human resource division’s deputy governor Abu Hena Mohammad Razi Hassan told Prothom Alo that he had no knowledge of the matter as he was on leave.Md Yunusur Rahman, secretary of the finance ministry’s financial institution division, told Prothom Alo over phone that he is not fully aware of the matter. He still observed that he even could not understand as to why the shipping minister would brief the employees of the central bank.In July this year, the state-owned Rupali Bank authorities dismissed the bank’s employee union (CBA) president, the general secretary and an office assistant for assaulting its employees at a local branch.The bank authorities also dismissed another employee and transferred four other CBA members to different branches out of Dhaka.Following the incident, on 15 October, shipping minister Shajahan Khan met the Rupali Bank authorities and asked them to come to certain compromise with the CBA leaders.“If we go to the roots of the matter, many things will be revealed about many persons,” the minister said during the discussion with bank authorities at that time.“Everyone knows what happened to the chief justice. Resolve the problems with the CBA leaders respectfully or else you may face trouble,” Shajahan reportedly added.The minister, who is executive president of Bangladesh Roads Transports Employee Federation, faced huge criticism for his role in a rally in support of the transport workers who were being tried in a Manikganj road accident. Filmmaker Tareque Masud and Mishuk Munier were killed in that accident.The minister then extended his hands in the export-oriented readymade garments sector. A ‘Garments Workers Coordination Parishad’, led by him, was formed in 2013.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Tea stalls at TSC shut down

first_imgA collected photo shows the TSC area of Dhaka University. Long run tea stalls of this area are forbidden to sit any more from Tuesday morning.The tea stalls in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University have been shut down.On Monday night, the owners of the tea stalls were asked to move elsewhere, according to the tea sellers.They said they were stopped when they tried to open their stalls on Tuesday morning.However, the university’s proctorial body did not say the reason for this, they added.TSC director AM Mohiuzzaman told Prothom Alo that he was unaware of any such directive.Proctor Golam Rabbani said there was no specific directive concerning the tea stalls at TSC. However, the tea and food served at these stalls are unhygienic, he observed.last_img read more

US strikes kill over 80 IS fighters in Libya

first_imgMap locating two US strikes in Libya on Wednesday. AFP More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in US air strikes on camps outside the group’s former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday.”These strikes were directed against some of ISIL’s external plotters,” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Pentagon briefing, using an acronym for Islamic State, the Syria- and Iraq-based militant group.”They certainly are people who … were actively plotting operations in Europe, and may also have been connected with some attacks that have already occurred in Europe,” Carter said.The U.S. attack on Wednesday night was led by two B-2 bombers, which took off from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to carry out a 30-hour round-trip bombing run. They dropped about 100 precision-guided munitions on the camps.The attack took place 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Sirte, targeting fighters fleeing Libyan forces clearing them from Sirte with support from US air strikes.Libyan forces finished retaking the city in early December after a nearly seven-month battle in a major blow to Islamic State that left the group without any territory in Libya.Still, Libyan officials say hundreds of militants may have escaped before the battle or in its early stages, and local Islamic State leaders have spoken of trying to regroup outside the city.A statement from Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli said the strikes were “preemptive steps to foil attempts” by Islamic State to stage new attacks on Sirte as well as other areas of the country.The strikes appeared to be intended to shore up the GNA and protect recent gains in oil production from possible militant attacks, said Geoff Porter, head of North Africa Risk Consulting.The GNA has received strong backing from the outgoing US administration but has struggled to win support inside Libya or reverse the chaos that developed after rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 with help from NATO.It’s unclear whether Donald Trump, who takes office as US president on Friday, might seek to alter US policy in Libya.The United States carried out nearly 500 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Sirte between August and December. It had previously carried out several isolated strikes against militant targets elsewhere in Libya.The jihadist group took over Sirte in early 2015, turning it into its most important base outside the Middle East and attracting large numbers of foreign fighters to the city. It imposed its ultra-hardline rule on residents and extended its control along about 155 miles (250 km) of Libya’s Mediterranean coastline.last_img read more

HISD Runoff Election Results

first_imgPexelsVoters picked two new board members with teaching experience in the runoff elections for the Houston school district.Unofficial results from the Harris County Clerk’s Office show Elizabeth Santos and Sergio Lira are the winners in the runoff elections to help govern the state’s largest school district. Santos beat Gretchen Himsl to win the District I seat in North Houston and Lira defeated Jesse Rodriguez for the District III seat in Southeast Houston. He will serve out the remaining term of the late Trustee Manuel Rodriguez, which runs through 2019. Santos attended HISD herself and has spent the last 10 years as a teacher in the district. She was strongly supported by the teacher’s union. Lira also works in HISD as an assistant principal at Bellaire High School.The election results mean that six of the nine trustees for HISD have teaching experience.“Voters sent a clear message on Nov. 7 and tonight that they value the voices of frontline educators and will stand with candidates who embrace community-driven solutions to the challenges that face our schools,” said Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, in a statement.Santos and Lira will be sworn into office in January. Sharelast_img read more

Mayor for Life Permanently Memorialized

first_imgThousands of District of Columbia residents braved windy weather on March 3 to see the unveiling of a statue of the late Marion S. Barry. The bronze statute is located in the northeastern section of the John A. Wilson Building, the District’s city hall. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) was a driving force in seeing the statue become a reality.The statue of the late Marion S. Barry is in the northeastern section of the John A. Wilson Building. (Photo by Rob Roberts).“Sometime after Martin had a dream and before President Obama gave us hope, Marion Barry provided opportunity,” the mayor said. “Mr. Barry was a larger than life figure – a man who could both lead the protest as an activist and engage the protest as mayor. He gave hope to those who had lost it and created access to the middle class for Washingtonians who, for years, had been locked out of power and prosperity. With this statue, we are preserving a tremendous part of Washington, D.C. history and honoring our mayor for life, Marion Barry.”Barry served four terms as the District’s mayor from 1979-1991 and from 1995-1999.Before he was mayor he served on the D.C. School Board, becoming its president at one point, from 1971-1974 and was elected to the first D.C. Council as an at-large member in 1974.After returning from a six-month prison term for drug possession in 1992, Barry ran for the Ward 8 D.C. Council position and was elected overwhelming that year and served in the District’s legislative body until he was re-elected mayor in 1995.Barry died on Nov. 23, 2014.The ceremony was held in front of the Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. with the overflow on Freedom Plaza. The master of ceremonies was popular radio disc jockey Donnie Simpson. The “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by vocalist John Lesane. Bishop Glen A. Staples of the Temple of Praise church delivered the invocation. The Eastern High Marching Band performed.Former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis Herman; Ben’s Chili Bowl co-founder Virginia Ali;  former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown; former council members Michael Brown, Harold Brazile and Harry Thomas Jr.; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former president of Bennett College for Women; and D.C. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chairwoman Marie Johns were among the notable guests in the audience. Michael A. Rogers, chairman of The Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion Barry Jr., said while members of the commission had different ideas on how to honor the late former mayor, one idea resonated with all.“There was a pretty common sentiment that there should be a statue on Pennsylvania Avenue,” Rogers said. The commission also decided to honor Barry with the re-naming of Ballou High School, a major street, and the new University of the District of Columbia student center.D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) told the gathering that Barry was an uncommon political actor. “I am here to deliver a rare tribute to a politician who people in the District not merely voted for but whom they loved,” Norton said. “The people of the District identified with him and his struggles.”Norton said the statue is a “loving memorial from his city.”Barry’s wife, Cora, was greeted with long applause and a standing ovation. She said her husband was relentless in reaching his goals and encouraged others to follow that legacy. “He said never stop, never quit,” she said. “If you get knocked down, you need to get back all the way up.”The men of Alpha Phi Alpha, the college fraternity that Barry joined, sang while surrounding the statue. Former D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander told the {AFRO} that a statue to Barry is fitting. “I am here to honor a D.C. legend. He served four terms as mayor and I don’t see anyone doing that in my lifetime,” she said.last_img read more

Cosby Arrives for Start of Sentencing in Sex Assault Case

first_imgBy The Associated PressBill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Monday for the start of a sentencing hearing that will determine how the 81-year-old comedian will be punished for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman more than 14 years ago.Cosby was the first celebrity to go to trial in the #MeToo era and could be the first to go to prison — perhaps for the rest of his days — after being convicted in April of violating Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.Bill Cosby, center, is facing the start of a sentencing hearing, at which a judge will decide how to punish the 81-year-old comedian who was convicted in April of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University athletics employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Cosby, looking grim, walked into the courthouse on the arm of his longtime spokesman as protesters shouted at him.At the end of the potentially two-day hearing, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill could sentence Cosby to as many as 30 years in prison or send him home on probation. The state guidelines for someone like Cosby, with no prior convictions, call for about one to four years behind bars.Judges can’t help being influenced a little by the “optics” of a case — that it, how it is going to look to the public, said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s Kline School of Law.In this instance, “the judge is going to get flak,” he said. “The judge is going to get less flak if they see Bill Cosby walk out in cuffs.”Samuel Stretton, a veteran defense lawyer not connected to the case, said: “Obviously, the allegations are serious, and, except for his age and poor health, would normally warrant some jail time.”Cosby is legally blind and uses a cane, something his lawyers are certain to point out along with his achievements and philanthropy. Prosecutors hoped to call some of his other accusers to paint Cosby as a sexual predator deserving of prison.Whatever the sentence, Cosby is likely to be deemed a sexually violent predator and will have to undergo monthly counseling the rest of his life, in prison or out. Neighbors and schools will be warned he is living nearby.In the years since Constand first went to police in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.Two of those women, Lise-Lotte Lublin and Chelan Lasha, said September 23 at a Philadelphia news conference that they want prison for him and hope they get to make impact statements at the sentencing.“I really think it’s important that he spend some time behind bars,” said Lublin, who said Cosby assaulted her in 1989 when she was 23. “At some point, he should acknowledge what he’s done, and do the time for the crime.”Just a few hours before the sentencing hearing was to begin, Constand tweeted Ephesians 4:26, a Bible verse about letting go of anger: “Be wrathful, but do not sin; do not let the sun set while you are still angry; do not give the Devil an opportunity.”Cosby, who grew up in public housing in Philadelphia, became the first Black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century, hitting his peak in the 1980s with the top-rated “Cosby Show” as the warm, wisecracking dad, Dr. Cliff Huxtable.But behind the scenes, according to testimony, the married star sought out sexual encounters with young women, including actresses he offered to mentor, models seeking a part on his shows, and flight attendants he met in his travels. He also acknowledged obtaining quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Lublin, Lasha and Constand have done.last_img read more

Delays as Defendant Misses Hearings

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThe grief and anguish continued for the friends and family of U.S. Army Lt. Richard Collins III as his alleged murderer didn’t make his scheduled court appearance May 30, thus delaying it until June 5.Sean Urbanski, who is charged with first degree murder and committing a hate crime, was reportedly never transferred from the Howard County Detention Center, where he is being held in the maximum security prison, for another set of legal motion hearings before his trial begins, which is scheduled for July 22.   The transfer of those in custody is supposed to be coordinated with the sheriff’s department and corrections officials. However, this time there was an apparent miscommunication which led to another delay in this series of pre-trial proceedings.The hearing in the murder of U.S. Army Lt. Richard Collins III, who was allegedly killed by Sean Urbanski on the campus of University of Maryland due to a hate crime, was delayed after the suspect did not get transferred from the Howard County Detention Center. (Courtesy Photo)Collins was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State before he was allegedly killed by Urbanski while he and two friends waited for an Uber ride back to campus on a bus stop after visiting friends at the University of Maryland in College Park on May 20, 2017. He had recently been commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant.Last week’s delay is the third time that a pretrial motion hearing has been rescheduled, as the defense continues its arguments to have the charges modified or moved from the Prince George’s County Circuit Court altogether.  Those delays have left the case in legal limbo for over two years since the fatal incident.The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center previously advocated on behalf of the Collins family that the constant delays in the legal proceedings bring undue emotional stress on them.  Last December they lobbied that the family had been detrimentally affected and will continue to be hurt by constant trial delays.“The trial date is a day of both dread, and a hope for resolution,” wrote Pauline Mandel, of the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, on behalf of Richard and Dawn Collins, Richard’s parents.  “The family of the victim has been, and continues to be, severely impacted by this crime. Their life and ability to function is compromised daily by the continuing effects of this (crime).”When the motions hearing are finally held, defense attorneys William Brennan and John McKenna, are expected to argue will three motions that have previously been filed before Judge Lawrence Hill, Jr.  The defense is expected to contend that jurors shouldn’t be able to see or hear about what has been referred to “particularly offensive” racist posts found on his phone along with discussions on his previously deleted Alt-Reich: Nation Facebook page. Urbanski’s contend that material is “extremely prejudicial, highly inflammatory, irrelevant, and should not be admissible as evidence. However, the prosecution is expected to argue that the information helps magnify the motive for the killing.The defense is also  hoping to be granted separate trials for the murder charge and the hate crime charge. Urbanski’s lawyers contend the prosecution’s evidence has to be applied to both crimes, and are expected to argue any racist material would not be admissible if this was just a murder case.Finally, Urbanski’s lawyers are seeking dismissal of the state hate charge, claiming it violates their client’s First Amendment rights.   Urbanski’s trial was initially scheduled to begin in January, but it had to be delayed because of the departure of Joseph Ruddy, who was leading the prosecution at the inception of the pretrial proceedings.Newsradio WTOP-FM in Washington first reported last March that the FBI did not find enough evidence to suggest federal hate crime charges against Urbanski which can be punishable by death in some cases.last_img read more