CM launches antidengue campaign inspects own home for stagnant water

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday launched a special campaign against dengue by inspecting his house for stagnant water to prevent the breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes.Delhi ministers and Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Rajendra Pal Gautam and Atishi also inspected their houses for standing clean water. “My family and I inspected our home today to make sure there is no standing clean water in any part of the house. This is the best way to protect your family from dengue. I am happy to see people across Delhi participate in this campaign. #10Hafte10Baje10Minute,” Kejriwal tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn a video message, the chief minister appealed to Delhi residents to devote 10 minutes every Sunday – from September 1 till November 15 – to ensure that there is no stagnant water in their houses or surroundings. “On Saturday, I got a survey conducted on Instagram. I had asked the respondents if they knew the dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes breed in clean water. You will be surprised to know that 35 per cent of them said it breeds in filthy water,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”I want to tell everyone that the (Aedes aegypti) mosquito breeds in clean water which is generally found in our houses. Also, this mosquito cannot fly beyond 200 metres. This means, either it bred in your house or the neighbourhood,” Kejriwal said. He said the city reported 60 deaths and more than 15,000 cases of dengue in 2015. In 2018, the number came down to 2,798 and only four deaths were reported. “We need to reduce it further. We should try and ensure there’s no death due to dengue this year,” he said appealing to people to popularise the campaign by posting pictures and videos on social media. The Delhi government on Friday asked all agencies and departments concerned to convert the fight against dengue into a mass movement. A total of 75 dengue cases have been reported in the national capital this year, with 35 of them recorded in August, according to the latest municipal report released earlier this week. At least 131 cases of malaria have also been reported till August 24, the report said.last_img read more

More Canadians are living alone than ever before StatsCan says

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Living alone is much more common for Canadians than it used to be, according to Statistics Canada.As of 2016, one person households were the most common type in the country, making up nearly a third of all households and edging out couples with children.Living alone has grown most rapidly among people between the ages of 35 and 64 over the last few decades, going from eight percent in 1981 to 13 per cent in 2016, and men are more likely than women to be in that category.The data, from both the Census of Population and the General Social Survey on Canada, says that more divorced and separated people live alone today than in the past. The number of people who live alone because their spouse is deceased decreased, but divorced singles increased.It also found that of those living alone, one in five lived in a condo, both owned and rented. Housing affordability is a big issue for those who live alone. In 2016, 41 per cent of one person households had unaffordable monthly home costs that were more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income.Statistics Canada says people living alone also generally reported lower levels of health, mental health and overall satisfaction with life compared to people who live with others.The organization notes there can be other factors at play in this, including family relationships and social networks.last_img read more

Edmontons Winspear Centre Benefits from 2Million Federal Investment

first_imgAdditionally, the renewal project will create four new multi-purpose spaces that can be used for rehearsal, production, programming and outreach activities. The exterior entrance will also be expanded to increase the overall size of the main lobby, which will also feature a new Discovery Centre that will host exhibits and musical presentations.Quotes“Investing in our cultural infrastructure helps build strong communities, while creating jobs and growing the economy and the middle class. Our government is proud to support the Francis Winspear Centre for Music as it works to preserve and enhance its performance spaces—and be an ongoing source of pride and inspiration for Edmonton.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Our government recognizes that investing in infrastructure helps create and support economic prosperity. Cultural institutions and infrastructure play an important role in Canadian society. The Winspear Renewal Project will help ensure that the Centre continues to be at the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district.”—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods)“I am delighted to see this investment in theWinspear Centre—a cornerstone of Edmonton’s cultural community. Therenewed Centre will enhance the quality of life of residents in the region, and stimulate the creativity and economy of our provincial capital.”—Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)“Since the Winspear Centre opened its doors 20 years ago, the facility has become a cornerstone of Edmonton’s arts district and gained an international reputation as a first-rate acoustic music venue. Through the Winspear Renewal Project, we will revitalize the hall’s remarkable acoustic qualities, increase patron comfort throughout the facility, and invite more Edmontonians inside to experience the shared joy of music through new programs and performances taking place in updated and welcoming spaces. On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff, and musicians of the Winspear Centre, I express my sincere gratitude to Canadian Heritage for their support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, as we work towards transforming the Winspear Centre into a true centre for music that is open and accessible to all.”—Annemarie Petrov, President and Chief Executive Officer, Francis Winspear Centre for MusicQuick FactsThe Francis Winspear Centre for Music was built in 1997. The building is named for Dr. Francis G. Winspear, a renowned philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is the largest user of the facility, presenting nearly 100 performances per year.The Winspear Centre previously received support through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund to purchase and install new audio and house lighting equipment in the Enmax Hall, as well as a digital communication system for the lobby, rehearsal and performance spaces, and backstage areas.In November 2016, the Winspear Centre hosted one of six in-person discussions held across the country with Minister Joly and stakeholders from a variety of sectors on how to strengthen the creation, discoverability and export of Canadian content in a digital world. These discussions ultimately informed the Government of Canada’s Creative Canada policy framework.In Budget 2017, the Government of Canada dedicated $300 million to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund over 10 years starting in 2018. This followed an unprecedented $168.2 million to the fund over two years provided through Budget 2016.The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund supports the improvement of physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation, as well as the improvement, renovation and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment.Related ProductsBudget 2017 (Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)Consultations on Canadian Content in a Digital WorldCreative CanadaAssociated LinksCanada Cultural Spaces FundFrancis Winspear Centre for Music Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img EDMONTON – Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods), and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), announced a $2-million federal investment in downtown Edmonton’s Francis Winspear Centre for Music, through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. The acclaimed performing arts centre, and home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is receiving this funding in support of the Winspear Renewal Project. The project will enhance the accessibility of this Edmonton landmark, while creating a welcoming environment for patrons. The project includes facility upgrades to improve access for guests with disabilities, as well as new seating for the Enmax Hall, the centre’s main performance space. The existing seats are now 20 years old and need to be replaced to maintain audience comfort and the acoustic integrity of the venue. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Diamond mine hit by second Attawapiskat blockade

first_img(John Edwards speaks to a supporter at Attawapiskat blockade of ice road leading to De Beers diamond mine. APTN/Photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT-About a dozen Attawapiskat residents launched a second blockade on an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine Sunday.The blockade, which began Sunday evening, forced a convoy of several empty fuel trucks back to the De Beers Victor diamond mine which sits about 90 kilometres west of Attawapiskat in northern Ontario.A separate blockade ended Thursday.A cube truck, several pick-up trucks and wooden pallets blocked the branch of the ice road leading to the De Beers mine. The diamond mining giant depends on the ice road to haul things like fuel and equipment too heavy for easy air delivery.“We just want to be heard,” said John Edwards, one of about a dozen people at the blockade late Sunday evening. “Attawapiskat is idle no more.”Edwards said part of the blockade was motivated by De Beers’ failure to compensate his family for the impact the mine has had on their traplines. The mine is also next to where his grandmother is buried.“They never gave…anything to date for trespassing on the trapline,” said Edwards.He said it was time for De Beers to compensate Attawapiskat residents for the wealth the mine generates.“This is traditional territory for us. We use the rivers as highways, we travel on them to hunt, to get access to other rivers,” said Edwards. “It comes down to money. It is a money system that was introduced ever since the foreign immigrants came here. The immigrants came here, the king and queen system didn’t work for them, the peasants came over, and they got rich on these lands.”This blockade comes three days after another blockade on the same ice road ended peacefully after De Beers, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence came to an agreement with another group of residents who demanded that the community’s impact benefit agreement with mining giant be reopened.Bruce Shisheesh, the spokesman for the first group, said it was his understanding the agreement has now been reopened. In a statement issued by De Beers following the end of last week’s blockade, the mining company made no mention of reopening the agreement.Spence was not in the community at the time the blockade was launched. The Attawapiskat chief is in Moose Factory for meetings.De Beers could not be reached for read more

Moroccan and Indonesian business operators mull means to boost investments

Casablanca – Moroccan and Indonesian businessmen mulled on Tuesday means to boost investments in the two countries and promote their presence in the Middle East.The Indonesian businessmen informed their Moroccan peers on the upcoming economic plan that targets to make of their country an industrial power by 2035, as well as assets in this country, made of over 17,000 islands, 16th economic power in the world in 2014, boasting a GDP of 6.5pc since 2004.The two sides insisted on the need to reinforce technical and trade cooperation between Morocco and Indonesia.

541 kg of Cocaine Seized in Casablancas Port Concentration Ratio Reaches

Rabat – After Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) seized an estimated 541 kilograms of cocaine in Casablanca’s port on Sunday, February 11, the laboratory of the Scientific Police revealed that the concentration ratio of the drug reaches 97 percent. The Interior Ministry said in a statement sent to Morocco World News on Monday evening, that this concentration ratio reflects “the high value of the amount of drug seizure.” In a statement, BCIJ announced that its forces managed to seize the large shipment of cocaine which was concealed in a container of goods from South America. During the operation, BCIJ members arrested six suspects including a Brazilian national who is suspected to be the mastermind of the ring. The police have also seized five cars that were prepared to transfer and then transport the seized cocaine. Significant sums of foreign and Moroccan currencies were also seized, added the statement. The BCIJ investigation showed the danger posed by this particular criminal network, which likely has been taking advantage of Morocco’s unique strategic position that joins the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean, close to European countries, according to the statement. Under the supervision of the public prosecutor, the investigation will continue to determine the full circumstances of the case and to arrest any other possible suspects involved. read more

State institutions ordered to provide access to differently abled

The order was issued after considering a petition submitted by well known disability rights activist Dr. Ajith Perera. This includes the Ministry of Social Services and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Western Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Housing and Construction, Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms, the Tourism Ministry, and Urban Development Authority. The Supreme Court today ordered eight state institutions to provide access for differently abled persons.Among the eight state institutions are six Ministries. In its order, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental rights of persons with special needs had been violated by denying them the opportunity to obtain proper access to state institutions. read more

Jack Shepherd could be forced to pay back legal aid as MoJ

A fugitive who killed his date in a speedboat crash could be forced to pay back more than £30,000 in legal aid, it emerged on Friday, as he was jailed for at least three months in Georgia. Jack Shepherd, 31, is being investigated by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) following revelations that he took out loans totalling £50,000 before going on the run. He is also paying his Georgian legal team thousands to handle his fight against extradition. If he is found to have falsely claimed legal aid, or moved assets around to avoid detection, he will have to repay the money he was awarded to fight his original manslaughter case. Shepherd is also receiving taxpayers’ cash to appeal his manslaughter conviction…

Taxi driver accused of murdering Goldfields manager remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTaxi driver confesses to murdering Guyana Goldfields employeeMay 25, 2018In “Crime”Manager’s murder: Police seeking evidence as suspects have not confessedMay 24, 2018In “Crime”Taxi Driver allegedly caught with Marijuana remandedMay 14, 2014In “Crime” The 20-year-old taxi driver who was implicated in the murder of the Guyana Goldfields Inc manager was on Tuesday afternoon arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Leron Daly.Murdered: Neil WhyteAnthony Ragnauth, who said he is a mechanic, of Middle Road, East La Penitence was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on May 21, 2018, at Thomas Street, he murdered Canadian Citizen, Neil Whyte.Attorney for the accused, Latchmie Rahamat told the Court that her client was badly beaten by Police ranks whom she alleged used a baton to squeeze his testicles. She said further that Ragnauth has not received any medical attention.The Magistrate granted a request for the defendant to receive medical attention.Bail application however, was rejected and the accused was remanded to prison until June 18, 2018.Prior to his court appearance, police reported that Ragnauth had confessed to the heinous crime and that the man also handed over the murder weapon to investigators as well as the victim’s valuables that were stolen from his Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown apartment.“The second suspect in custody has admitted committing the crime. He took investigators to a location at Fifth Street, Alberttown where he handed over several items belonging to the victim as well as a knife suspected to be the murder weapon” police said.INews had reported that on the evening in question, between 22:22h and 23:45h, Whyte was murdered in his apartment complex.The victim was discovered naked, lying in a pool of his own blood, on his bed, with his hands bound in front of him and his body was covered in stab wounds. The discovery was made by a security guard attached to the building.Moreover, Whyte’s laptop, cash, gold and other personal valuables were reported missing.Investigators were informed by the security guard that prior to his death, on the same evening, Whyte picked up and escorted a colleague into the apartment.The colleague was identified as a former staff of the Guyana Gold Field Inc.According to the guard, after some time had elapsed, and as the colleague was exiting the building, he [colleague] told him [security] that he was going to collect something on the road. At that time, the man had a haversack on his back.The colleague, then reportedly walked to the junction of Thomas and Middle Street, where he joined a car that drove away.It was then that the guard, knowing that it is the protocol of the company that the visitor of a guest be checked out of the building by the guest, went up to the victim’s room and saw him lying lifeless.The police were immediately contacted and the security guard provided his statement before he reportedly had a heart attack. He is said to be recovering.The colleague was then apprehended at his home for questioning. Shortly after, the taxi driver was also taken into custody.Meanwhile, a post mortem examination conducted on Whyte’s body confirmed that he died as a result of multiple stab wounds. read more

iriver Story HD is first Google eBooks platform eReader

first_imgGoogle has been busy getting its 10 million (and growing) Google+ members signed on to the new social network, but somehow the company has found time to produce and announce its new eReader. The iriver Story HD will be the world’s first eReader to sync with Google’s eBookstore, the world’s largest eBook library accessible via mobile devices.Though it’s getting some criticism for its design (does it remind you of ABBA, too?), it’s what’s inside that counts. Gold-plated keys aside, the QWERTY keyboard is ergonomically designed so you can hold it in one hand and also use your thumbs to type, much like you would with your cell phone. According to iriver, the design is an “antique motif” that uses iriver’s “signature round-edged design” that has been used in previous models.This is the third generation of the iriver Story series. The Story HD has the same size e-ink screen as the last two models, but instead of using SVGA, the Story HD boasts the world’s first 6-inch XGA HD (768 x 1024) resolution display. That translates to 63 percent more pixels on screen while maintining a super-thin design at just 9.3mm-thick and weighing only 7.3 ounces.The use of e-ink allows for a wide viewing angle and low-power consumption. Using a lithium polymer battery, the Story HD lasts about six weeks on a single charge, and can read up to 14,000 pages. If you’re a speed reader, the 800MHz Cortex CPU will make you happy as it enables speedy page turning.Its 2GB of storage allows you to store about 1,500 eBooks, and you’ll certainly have enough to choose from with Google’s 3 million free titles and hundreds of thousands of paid books. The built-in WiFi allows for easy downloading and storage without need of a cable or PC. Don’t worry about running out of space either, as there’s an SD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards.Google’s eBook platform is open to all publishers, retailers, and manufacturers, so anyone can put content into the store. Google eBooks also lets you store your personal library in the cloud, so you can pick up where you left off if you’re switching from eReader to PC to smartphone, and so on.The Story HD supports a plethora of formats, including ePub, PDF, TXT, FB2, DJVU, PowerPoint, Word, and Hangul. It also features Comic Viewer which allows you to view JPG, BMP, and GIF files.The one thing the Story HD is missing is a touchscreen unlike the Kobo eReader Touch, Nook Touch, and the Sony Reader. However, the leading eReader, Amazon’s Kindle, has yet to add a touchscreen to the device.The iriver Story HD goes on sale Sunday, July 17 at Target for $139.99.Read more at iriver, via The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

Diversity the key for People of Australia nominees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram People from the Greek community are being urged to nominate for the 2013 People of Australia Ambassadors program by Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy. Nominations will be open to outstanding individuals to be recognised for their work in diverse and ethnic communities. Ambassadors will be in direct dialogue with the Government and the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC). They will play an important role in providing advice to the Government on initiatives that promote diversity and community strength. “The program honours people who have a strong commitment to inclusion, social cohesion and works tirelessly at a grass roots level to build stronger communities,” Senator Lundy said. “The Ambassadors will operate as a link between their community and the Government. They play an important role promoting inclusion and participation in our community. “I encourage Australians to nominate people from their community who are passionate about diversity,” Senator Lundy said. Nominations close on 3 February 2013. All nominations will be considered by the Australian Multicultural Council. For more information visit read more

Victorian Parliamentary Delegation to visit Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Victorian Parliamentary delegation – lead by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Ken Smith and the President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson – has left for a visit to Greece responding to an invitation by the President of the Hellenic Republic Evangelos Meimarakis and the Minister for Macedonia and Thrace Theodoros Karaoglou . The aim of the visit is to advance the significant historic, cultural and economic links that exist between Victoria and Greece, as a result of the large Greek Australian community that resides in the state. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and the President of the Legislative Council of Victoria are leading a delegation that includes MP’s from the Liberal, Labor and National parties. Namely, Mr Khalil Eiden MLC, Mr Damian Drum MLC, Mr Joe Helper MLA, Ms Cindy McLeish MLA, and the Clerk of the Legislative Council Mr Wayne Tunnecliffe. The Victorian Parliamentary Delegation will give particular emphasis on this trip on building Victorian Participation in the Thessaloniki International Fair that started Saturday.last_img read more

Police conduct checking ahead of Independence Day in

first_imgMancherial: Ramagundam Police Commissionerate conducted extensive checking in railway station, bus stand. junctions and other public places with dog squad in Peddapalli, Mancherial and Bellampalli areas on Wednesday, to prevent any untoward incidents in view of Independence Day on Thursday. Ramagundam Commissioner of Police wanted the people to inform the police immediately if they found anything or anyone suspicious or activities of any anti-social elements in their areas.last_img

Endurance Technologies IPO Company fixes price band for initial public offering

first_imgEndurance Technologies, a Maharashtra-based auto components manufacturer, will hit the primary market on October 5 with its public issue of 24.6 million shares. The company has fixed the price band for the issue at Rs. 467-472 per equity share. The public issue closes on October 7.The initial public offering (IPO) comprises stake sale by existing investor Actis Components and System Investments Ltd., which is selling 19.3 million shares. The balance constitutes 5.3 million shares being offloaded by promoter Anurag Jain.Bids can be made for a minimum of 30 equity shares and in multiples of 30 equity shares thereafter.The shares will be listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange. Axis Capital Limited and Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited are book running lead managers to the Rs. 1,161-crore public issue.Company snapshot (based on draft prospectus filed with Sebi):Net profit was Rs. 289.83 crore on sales of Rs. 5,240.55 crore in 2015-16.For FY2015 and FY2016, revenue from overseas sales was 31.3 percent and 32.5 percent, respectively, of total revenues.The top two customers are Bajaj Auto and FCA Italy S.p.A and its group companies in Europe.In FY2015 and FY2016, Bajaj represented 43.19 percent and 40.83 percent of net revenues from operations (including intermediary sales), respectively. FCA Italy S.p.A. represented 14.20 percent and 15.29 percent of net revenues from operations for FY2015 and FY2016, respectively.As of March 31, 2016, there were 1,945 employees working for the company.There are 18 manufacturing facilities in India.last_img read more

PM to start election campaign soon

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina will begin her party’s election campaign on 30 January, almost a year ahead of the upcoming national parliamentary polls.She will visit Barisal on 8 February and then other divisional cities as part of her polls campaign tour, party leaders said.Premier Hasina will then start touring the administrative districts, in view of their importance for the AL during the parliamentary elections.Other central AL leaders will in the meantime start their countrywide campaign from 26 January, they said. A total of 15 separate teams have been formed for these tours.A office has been set up in the city’s Dhanmondi to manage election strategies, monitoring and organisational activities.In the past, Hasina had always begun her election campaign after the election schedule was announced. She used to start or end her campaign by visiting the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RH).According to senior AL leaders, this is a ‘pre-election campaign’. The premier will have several more tours after the polls schedule is announced, sources in the party said.The premier, while addressing the nation to mark the completion of her government’s four years at the helm, spoke on when and how the next elections will take place.In her 12 January address to the nation, Hasina expressed her optimism that all the parties registered with the election commission (EC) would join the elections to be held under her government.Hasina’s speech has heated up the election-oriented political activities in the country. Things are likely to heat up further with the divisional and district wise election campaign of the prime minister and other AL leaders, observers say.AL leaders think there is no chance of repeating the 5 January 2014 election as BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is determined to participate in the next elections.The AL leaders also feel that early campaigning is needed to control the situation to address any grudges among the people as the government has stayed in power for two continuous terms. The party’s internal conflicts with more than one candidate vying for nomination in most of the seats is also an issue, party leaders admitted.AL presidium member Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo that there is no other option than campaigning. The Awami League will definitely win if the people are apprised of the development works of the government, he added. He said that the party will be much stronger after prime minister and the party committees complete their respected tours.City corporation, national polls both in sightThe Awami League and government sources said along with visiting the shrine and holding political rallies, the prime minster during her Sylhet tour will inaugurate and lay the foundation of several development projects. All her official visits outside of Dhaka will include political rallies.Reliable AL sources said the divisional tours are being carried out with the national and city corporation elections in view. The city corporation elections in five cities – Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal – are expected to be held in March-April.According to the local government election rules, the prime minister, ministers, and member of the parliament, cannot participate in any election campaign.That is why the ruling party chief is expected to complete her divisional tour before the election schedule is announced.BNP candidates won in all  these five city corporation elections in 2013.15 teams of central leadersEach of the 15 teams of the central leaders comprises six to 16 members. These teams will hold rallies and meetings from upazila to district level till the announcement of the national election schedule. The party has 76 organisational districts across the country, distributed among these teams.AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the committees will hold meetings to explain to the people the merits of electing Awami AL candidates. The committees will also make people understand the demerits of electing the BNP-Jamaat alliance candidates and the loss they have done to the country, he added.A central AL leader, on condition of anonymity, said party chief Sheikh Hasina has asked the party leaders to highlight two factors. Firstly, the development done by the government and secondly, the violence allegedly committed by BNP-Jamaat men and the graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family.The publication section of the party has been instructed to publish booklets on a large scale on the development works done by the government and also highlighting the negative activities of the BNP.Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) secretary Bodiul Alam said it is the AL’s political right to show the government’s development and to promote the negative activity of the opposition. But, he said, there is also the question as to whether the other parties are getting the same right or not as the opposition is not allowed to hold any programme and is attacked in the streets.According to him, there should be level-playing field for everyone.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.last_img read more

Biloxi Faces Flooding As Nate Makes Second Landfall On Gulf Coast

first_imgThere’s a dumpster sitting on Hwy 90 in downtown Biloxi, MS. #Nate #MSwx @WLOX— Wesley Williams (@WesWilliamsII) October 8, 2017Photographer Mike Theiss posted video on Twitter he said was the interior of Biloxi’s Golden Nugget casino:Surge pushing up Water and spilling onto the end of Dauphin St. This is right by the convention center in downtown.— Adam Olivier FOX10 (@adamolivierwx) October 8, 2017Two other Twitter users posted videos of flooded parking garages:]Kayaking anyone? Downtown @City_of_Mobile has a little flooding from #HurricaneNate2017 #nate @weatherchannel— Michael Schubert (@Schubacabra) October 8, 2017Wesley Williams of WLOX wrote that power had been knocked out in downtown Biloxi by the forceful winds.Pictures and videos show parts of U.S. Route 90, which runs east and west along much of the Gulf Coast, completely submerged in water.The Associated Press reports Nate is the first hurricane since 2005’s Hurricane Katrina to make landfall in Mississippi.But Katrina is better known for causing the widespread destruction of New Orleans in neighboring Louisiana that year. This time New Orleans, which is located about 90 miles to Biloxi’s west, appeared to miss the brunt of the storm. Mayor Mitch Landrieu had imposed a curfew on the city but lifted it when the National Weather Service canceled a hurricane warning for the area. City officials still cautioned residents to take shelter from heavy winds.The situation was different to Biloxi’s east. Mobile, Ala., experienced flooding of its own.Adam Olivier of Fox10 tweeted what he said was water inundating downtown Mobile:Another tweet showed more extensive flooding, in what was said to be downtown Mobile:At 2:15 a.m. local time Sunday, the National Weather Service of Mobile measured water surges of 5.6 to 5.7 feet at locations near the city.The National Hurricane Center predicted that “Nate’s center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.”The agency said Nate will “quickly weaken as it moves farther inland” and “should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Share Mark Wallheiser/Getty ImagesLanny Dean takes video as he wades along a flooded Beach Boulevard next to Harrah’s Casino as the eye of Nate pushes ashore in Biloxi, Miss., early Sunday.Updated at 9:07 a.m., ET SundayHurricane Nate is rapidly weakening, but the the National Hurricane Center is warning of storm surge flooding continuing as heavy rainfall pours down over a swath of southeastern states.The hurricane’s center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.Nate was downgraded to a tropical storm, hours after it made landfall for the second time early Sunday morning, near the city of Biloxi, Miss.Videos and photos from Biloxi show water inundating parts of the city.In its 7 a.m. CT advisory, the NHC said storm surge warnings remain in effect for the areas between the Mississippi and Alabama border to the Okaloosa and Walton County Line, Fla. While tropical storm warnings remain in effect throughout the Alabama and Florida border eastward to Indian Pass, Fla.Water is expected to rise by five to eight feet between the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama/Florida border, including Mobile Bay, Ala.#StormSurge coming inside entrance of Golden Nugget casino in Biloxi #HurricaneNate— Mike Theiss (@MikeTheiss) October 8, 2017Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue for the next couple of hours.1st floor parking garage at Harrahs Casino in #Biloxi flooded #Nate #mswx @wbrz— Mark Armstrong (@TvMarkArmstrong) October 8, 2017center_img WHAT A DISASTER!Hurricane Nate FLOODS ENTIRE Casino PARKING GARAGE in Biloxi!#HurricaneNate #Biloxi— Mariah Honey (@ButterflyHoney) October 8, 2017last_img read more

How Houstonians Pronounce Different Words Depends A Lot On Their Age And

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:40 X Listen A Rice University researcher is studying how people in Houston speak.Dr. Nancy Niedzielski sees differences in how people say different words based on what part of Houston they’re from, what age they are, and their race.It’s all part of her research for a project called the Houston Urban English Study (HUES).Dr. Niedzielski tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the project, how the way English is spoken is changing, and what makes Houston a particularly interesting place to study dialects.last_img

Violations in Satyarthis home state

first_imgSatyarthi was born 60 years back at Vidisha, a district headquarter town about 55 kms from Bhopal. He did his schooling and degree in engineering from the government engineering college at Vidisha but instead of going for a cushy job, he chose the turbulent path of a crusader for child rights. Ironically, his home state is infamous for child trafficking and for children who go missing from their homes, never to return.  Madhya Pradesh is only second to Uttar Pradesh is crimes against children. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceA recent report on ‘Exploitation of children in Tourism’, based on extensive surveys carried out in two tourist destinations of the state, present a very sordid picture of the state of children in Madhya Pradesh. The first is Khajuraho, where the number of foreign tourist visitors is only second to the Taj Mahal. And second, Ujjain – one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimage centre of the country. Besides ordinary people, a large number of top politicians, officers, lawyers, judges, film actors and other prominent personalities visit Ujjain regularly to pay homage to Lord Mahakaal.  Mahakaal is one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of the country and every 12 years, Kumbh (known as Simhastha) fair is held at Ujjain, which draws tens of lakhs of Hindu pilgrims. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeBoth these centres of tourism are also centres of exploitation of children- both boys and girls. The survey says that the children are exploited in temples, hotels and many other places. A large number of children are made to beg to take advantage of the gullible pilgrims, who want to earn some ‘Punya’. And in many cases, this is done with the approval of their parents. A group of 8 child beggars of Ujjain told the researchers that they come from extremely poor families and earn Rs 100 to Rs 200 per day as alms from the pilgrims. The money is used by the children and their parents for buying intoxicants. The child beggars are put on work when they are as young as 3-4 years old. The most distressing aspect of the issue is that almost all children working in hotels or indulging in begging are addicted to intoxicants of one kind or the other. They mainly used whitener and nail polish removers for the purpose. They work the whole day and in the evening, buy Whitener to get intoxicated. Though the district administration has banned the sale of Whitener in Ujjain but it is available easily. Besides begging, small kids also work in hotels in Ujjain. Their working hours are not fixed. On occasions, they have to work from morning through the night. During the festive season, they beg during the day and work in hotels in the night as pilgrims keep on coming to and going from the city the whole night. In Ujjain, many small boys and girls have also been caught in the whirlpool of sexual exploitation. Besides local girls, the pimps also bring girls from other parts of the state to Ujjain. Earlier, there used to exist a red light area called ‘Pinjarwadi’ in Ujjain but now prostitution and sexual exploitation is rampant in many other parts of the city. The sex workers of Pinjarwadi have been shifted to other locations in the city. It is said that many houses in the city have become known centres of prostitution. Women and especially minor girls sing and dance before the ‘customers’ to entertain them. This continues till the customers keep on shelling out money. In the end, bidding is held and the highest bidder gets a chance to have intercourse with the girl. Autorickshaw drivers take tourists to such houses and they get a hefty commission in return. Tourists take snaps of minor girls. They are taken to their homes to shoot their nude pictures and their MMS are made. Children selling sexual literature (like Kaam Sutra) are a common sight.  What is worse is that all this is happening with full knowledge and tacit consent of the administration and the police. The administration does nothing to put a stop to such nefarious activities. Childline is functional in Ujjain for the last seven years. The cases which come before it are mainly related to making children beg in the vicinity of temples, molestation of children by family members or by neighbours, child labour, child trafficking, children going missing and children getting addicted to intoxicants. The Childline is not doing anything to extricate the children trapped in sex rackets.The condition is worse in Khajuraho. The survey revealed that sexual exploitation of children and child labour are very common in and around Khajuraho. Hotels of all types are centres of sexual exploitation of children and they include starred hotels. The boys subjected to sexual exploitation are locally called ‘Lapka’. Besides Indian, a large number of foreign tourists are also involved in this horrific exploitation of children. Many foreign tourists stay with the families of such children and take the children out for sexually exploiting them. The boys take the tourists for sightseeing on bikes. ‘They give us everything and in return we give them sex’, was the rather shocking admission of a young boy. Some boys do not see this as exploitation at all. They consider it a business. And their family members concur. In many cases, some foreign tourists make repeated trips to Khajuraho and stay with the same families. The tour operators also bring boys from other states for the purpose. In Khajuraho, sexual exploitation of boys is a big business, involving thousands of persons. A large number of young boys also develop sexual relations with foreigner women tourists. IPAlast_img read more