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

Man accused of attempted sexual assault in Little Italy pleads not guilty

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man accused of ambushing a janitorial worker at a Little Italy coffee shop and trying to sexually assault her pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a half-dozen felony charges, including kidnapping with the intent to commit a sex offense.Christopher Merron, 28, was ordered held on $1 million bail. He faces life in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Nicole Roth.Merron allegedly attacked the woman as she was cleaning the coffee shop in the 1700 block of India Street about 4:30 a.m. last Sunday, pushing her into a back room, taking her car keys and threatening her with a knife.Following a struggle, the victim, whose name was withheld, was able to break free and run out of the building, said San Diego police Lt. Jason Weeden.The assailant then fled in the woman’s tan 1998 GMC Jimmy SUV.Merron was arrested in Mission Valley the next day and the victim’s stolen SUV was recovered, Weeden said.“This was a brazen and serious sex crime,” Roth said outside court. “This was a traumatic event.”Besides kidnapping with the intent to commit a sex offense, Merron is charged with assault with the intent to commit a sex offense, attempted oral copulation, false imprisonment with force, robbery and auto theft.Merron will be back in court Oct. 26 for a readiness conference and Oct. 30 for a preliminary hearing. KUSI Newsroom, Man accused of attempted sexual assault in Little Italy pleads not guilty Posted: October 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom October 17, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

UNSC pledges to tackle terror funding unanimously adopts resolution 2462

first_imgThe members of the United Nations Security Council hold a meeting to vote for a resolutions on controlling the turmoil in Venezuela on February 28, 2019 at the United Nations in New York. – Russia and China on Thursday used their veto at the UN Security Council to block a US resolution calling for new presidential elections in Venezuela and unimpeded deliveries of humanitarian aid.France, Germany and Britain were among nine countries that backed the proposed measure. South Africa also voted no while Indonesia, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast abstained.JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution that calls upon countries to prevent and counter the financing of terrorism, especially in its new forms.Initiated by France, Resolution 2462 is intended to update existing resolutions and adapt them to new forms of financing of terrorism and new challenges in this field, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.The resolution notes with concern that terrorists may abuse legitimate businesses and non-profit organisations for their activities, and make use of emerging payment methods, such as prepaid cards and mobile payments or virtual assets.It also expresses concern at the continuing use by terrorists and their supporters of information and communications technologies, in particular, the internet, to facilitate terrorist acts, as well as inciting, recruiting, funding, or planning terrorist acts.Therefore, the resolution calls upon all countries to enhance the traceability and transparency of financial transactions, including assessing and addressing potential risks associated with virtual assets and as appropriate, the risks of new financial instruments, including but not limited to crowd-funding platforms.It also encourages member states to apply risk-based anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulations to virtual asset service providers and to identify effective systems to conduct risk-based monitoring or supervision of virtual asset service providers.Furthermore, the resolution encourages competent national authorities, in particular financial intelligence units and intelligence services, to continue to establish effective partnerships with the private sector, including financial institutions, the Financial technology industry and internet and social media companies, in particular with regards to the evolution of trends, sources and methods of the financing of terrorism.Adopted in 2001 in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, Resolution 1373 was the first comprehensive resolution imposing obligations on all states to respond to the global threat of terrorism.Resolution 2462 also affirms the Resolution 1373 and in particular its decisions that all countries shall prevent and suppress the financing of terrorist acts and refrain from providing any of support, active or passive, to entities or persons involved in terrorist acts.last_img read more

Vistara Plans to Beam InFlight Entertainment Directly To Fliers Devices

first_imgVistara, the airline joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, plans to introduce beaming of in-flight entertainment (IFE) content directly to fliers’ personal gadgets,  a first in Indian airline industry.Vistara has dispensed with seat back screens – a standard arrangement in most full service airlines globally – that enable fliers to watch programmes, listen to music or play games. Reuters”We are introducing wireless inflight IFE systems. India does not allow Wi-Fi on board aircraft in terms of two-way connectivity. But one-way streaming of entertainment content like movies and music is allowed. This will be Wi-Fi one-way connectivity,” Phee Teik Yeoh chief executive officer Vistara told The Times of India.India’s full service carriers – Air India and Jet Airways – offer seat back entertainment to their fliers.Vistara’s game planVistara hit upon the novel idea to keep passengers entertained, in its attempt to break the mould. Passengers travelling in business class seats are likely to be given personal tablets to access IFE during the journey, while those travelling in premium economy and economy classes will be able to access IFE on their personal devices. And being a full service airline, Vistara may not charge for it, the TOI report said.The IFE streaming technology Vistara is relying on, has Wi-Fi capability, which will enable it to offer Internet services to its passengers once India lifts the ban on the same on airlines flying in Indian airspace.Up in the air connectivityLast year, India relaxed norms to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices once an aircraft reaches cruising speed, with the devices disabled to either receive or emit transmission signals, so that they don’t interfere with the aircraft’s navigation, communication and other systems. Tata’s other airline joint venture – low cost carrier AirAsia India – is also planning to offer Wi-Fi connectivity soon.In 2014, national carrier Air India had evinced interest in offering Internet to its passengers. Its officials met with executives from Geneva-based OnAir, a technology company offering Internet and mobile connectivity to airlines globally, using Wi-Fi and/or mobile connectivity, to explore the possibility of offering similar facilities to its passengers when flying over Indian airspace.During the UPA regime, Air India approached the communications ministry to lift the ban, but without any success till now.last_img read more

India may let Huawei conduct 5G trials defying Trump ban over national

first_imgHuawei’s prominence in 5G technology makes it difficult for countries like India that want extensive deployment of the technology to ignore the Chinese company. HuaweiPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s government may seize the initiative to lead the world on the 5G technology platform by partnering telecom equipment maker Huawei. US President Donald Trump has banned the Chinese giant citing national security concerns and warned allies and other nations not to allow Huawei. Trump has also threatened to blacklist companies selling or supplying US-origin technologies or products to Huawei or its associates.Huawei has said it is ready to sign “no back door” agreement with the Indian government to discourage espionage, and urged the government to enter into similar agreements with other makers of telecom equipment. The Modi government has been watching the developments closely though Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said earlier that the government has not taken any decision regarding Huawei participation in 5G trials. The minister had said the 5G trials would start in a short while followed by spectrum sales.”We are proposing to the Indian government that we are ready to sign “no-back door” agreement. We encourage other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) also to sign this kind of agreement with the government and telecom operators,” a PTI report said quoting Huawei India CEO Jay Chen. “Back door” in technology products refers to an arrangement with the government or with any third party to share data in an unauthorised manner with mala fide intention. Ravi Shankar Prasad takes oath as Union Minister at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Prasad has said the 5G trials will begin soon.IANSThe telecom department had come up with security guidelines in 2011 to certify equipment that telecom operators install in their network to ensure they are free from malicious software. Under the guidelines, telecom companies face hefty fines for failing to ensure compliance with the law. However, the government has not set up the labs needed to examine security issues in the hardware and software that telecom providers employ.The US government’s allegations are based on its interpretation of the law in China that warrants its companies to share data with the country’s intelligence for national security. Chen claimed that Huawei had researched Chinese law on its own and with the help of big legal firms based in the US, UK, and Australia, the report says.”They did some comparison. The Chinese intelligence law says that citizens and companies are supposed to cooperate if there is some national security threat but they never asked to share data or cooperate for state spying. Similar laws exist in the US, UK, Australia, and India too,” according to Chen.Indian telecom service providers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea extensively use equipment that Huawei has supplied. With the introduction of 5G, more networks may have to install the Chinese company’s equipment, according to sources. Some officials in the Indian government believe that Huawei has been caught in the escalating US-China trade war.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

PM Hasina assures EU of free fair polls

first_imgPM Hasina assures EU of free, fair pollsPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday assured the new ambassador of European Union (EU) of a free, fair and credible general election to be held at the end of this year.“The Awami League had to struggle for protection of the democratic rights of the people when the state power was confined in the cantonment,” she said when new EU envoy Rensje Teerink called on prime minister at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.Briefing reporters after the meeting the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said the premier’s comment came in response to the EU envoy’s hope for a transparent and credible election.Sheikh Hasina and the envoy expressed satisfaction over the existing cordial relations, the press secretary said.Sheikh Hasina thanked the EU for helping the election commission and introducing transparent ballot boxes and voters’ list with photographs.The prime minister highlighted the development policy of her government saying the government is working with a special policy for socio-economic development and all development works are being implemented as the target set earlier.Recalling her visit to EU headquarters in her first term in office the prime minister appreciated EU’s continuous support to Bangladesh.As the Rohingya issue came in their discussion the prime minister said Rohingyas are creating immense burden on Bangladesh’s economy. Everybody including administration, police, army, BGB and other agencies are sincerely working to ensure their safe shelter, food and healthcare.Huge number of Rohingyas is occupying the cultivable land of local people, causing economic problem on them.The prime minister highly appreciated the role of EU on refugee issue.She said as the next door neighbor Bangladesh is engaged in dialogue with Myanmar and other bordering countries of Myanmar to resolve the problem.The press secretary said the envoy talked about the current situation of the garment sector saying the present government is very much sincere for giving a legitimate wages.For fixing wages for workers of garment industries, the prime minister said, she herself bargained with the owners to raise their wages.She said garment workers are working very nicely for development of the sector, despite attempts of creating trouble in the mills and factories from outside by non-professionals in vested interest.Sheikh Hasina laid importance on role of buyers in fixation of prices of garment products which was endorsed by the EU envoy.The press secretary said the EU envoy appreciated Bangladesh’s tremendous achievement in various sectors including in the economic growth, graduation from LDCs to developing countries.Raising power generation capacity from 3,000 MW to 18,000 MW is an impressive success, she said.The envoy assured stepping up their support and pointed out 30 million Euro additional support of EU for Rohingays. She also mentioned about imposing sections on seven Myanmar generals for their links with the atrocities on Rohingays.Rensje Teerinks hoped that the visit of UN secretary-general would help making the international support to Rohingyas more strong.The envoy assured continued cooperation with Bangladesh on the issues of socio-economic development.Principal secretary to the prime minister Md. Nojibur Rahman and military secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin were present.last_img read more

Quota reform leader Rashed on fresh 10day remand

first_imgRashed KhanA Dhaka court has placed quota reform leader Rashed Khan on a fresh 10-day remand in two separate cases.One of the cases is under the ICT act and the other is for attack on Dhaka University’s vice-chancellor’s residence.Dhaka’s additional chief metropolitan magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Nur ordered the remand fresh after his five-day remand ended in an ICT case on Sunday.The Detective Branch (DB) investigation officers of two cases sought 10-day remand in each case to interrogate Rashed while the court put him on 5-day remand in each case.Inspector Rafiqul Islam, also investigation officer of the cases, told the court that the transaction of Tk 700,000 was found in Rashed’s account during the street agitations of quota reform.In defence, Rashed’s lawyer told the court that protesting university students sent him the money even at an amount of Tk 100 for bearing the expenses of banners, festoons and renting microphones and so on.  Police arrested Rashed, joint convener of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council, the platform demanding civil service quota reforms on 1 July from his Bhashantek residence.last_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

KMC issues notice to 52 old dangerous buildings

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already issued notices to 52 old and dangerous buildings in the city under the amended Building Laws, Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980. The hearing is in final stages for 13 such buildings, Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said during the monthly meeting of the civic body on Tuesday.It may be mentioned that the amendment empowers the civic body to acquire old buildings whose owners refuse to repair them.The civic body will give notices to the owners and in case they are tenanted structures, will ask them to sit with the tenants and get them repaired at their own expense. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”In as many as 212 cases, we have already got the approval of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC) to slap notices under the amended Section 412A of KMC Act, 1980,” Chatterjee said, answering a query from Left councillor Debasish Mukherjee, on the implementation of the amended building rules.Chatterjee further maintained that the maximum number of notices have been slapped at Borough 4, which includes 37 old and dangerous buildings. Borough 2 comes second in the list, with notices served to 10 buildings, while the number of notices served in Boroughs 6, 7, 8 and 12 are 4, 1, 1 and 1 respectively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe building department is yet to serve notices in boroughs 1, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16.The civic body has already demolished some buildings in the city, particularly in Central Kolkata, since the month of July.A drive for pulling down a building at 80 Bentinck Street was undertaken on Tuesday. It may be mentioned that when a KMC team had gone for demolition of the building in the morning, they were prevented from doing so and the occupants claimed that they would take up repair work on their own, in consultation with the owner. However, even after late afternoon, there was no trace of the building owner. “The building was posing a major risk to a number of businessmen who were occupying the ground floor and also the pedestrians walking on the footpath. So, we have began the work for pulling it down,” an official of the building department said.In the year 2017, 22 people had died after portions of old buildings fell on them. In 2018 too, there have been some deaths due to building collapses.last_img read more