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Ensign acquires majority of Trinidad shares to take control of drilling company

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Ensign Energy Services Inc. says it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. after acquiring a majority of the company’s shares by its Tuesday deadline.The Calgary-based drilling company says 56.38 percent of Trinidad shares have been tendered. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 percent.Each Trinidad shareholder will receive by Thursday $1.68 per share for a total of about $470 million, with the offer price representing a 17.2 percent premium over the all-share proposal by Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada. With all conditions of its offer satisfied or waived, Ensign has extended the deadline until Dec. 10 for Trinidad shareholders who have not done so to tender their shares.Ensign had given Trinidad shareholders less time to consider its hostile takeover bid by pushing its offer deadline ahead of a planned Dec. 11 meeting where Trinidad shareholders will vote on the merger with Precision.If that meeting isn’t cancelled, Ensign says it will use its majority to vote down that offer from Precision.last_img read more

District of Taylor on track to reducing carbon emissions

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, Staff provided an update on the 2018 Climate Action/Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Report.This report compiles strategic goals, set out by Council, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions within the District.According to the Report, it shows that the District meets the goal of a five percent reduction of CO2 emissions from 2007 levels as set by Council for 2020. Council’s goal by 2030, is to have a 30 percent reduction of carbon emissions from 2007 levels and to have an 80 percent reduction by 2050 from 2007 levels.Through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program, the District was able to receive $21,730 in 2018.Since the District is currently on track to reducing carbon emissions, Council has voted to adopt the 2018-19 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Report.The report can be found on the District of Taylor’s website.last_img read more

EXISTING IN HARMONY

first_imgAre spiders and ants friends or enemies? There are no friends and enemies in nature. There is predator and prey. Ants are sometimes predators of spiders and sometimes prey of other spider species. In a strange case , jumping spiders are eating by the large aggressive spitting spiders. The spitting spider can immobilize its prey by spitting on it from a distance. In the Philippines, it lives on the same large waxy leaves as the jumping spider. It normally spins its web right over the nest of the jumping spider, to make hunting just a little bit easier. However, the spitting spider does not come near a jumping spider when the latter positions its own nest near that of weaver ants. This is because the spitting spider is repelled by the airborne smell that these ants release. However, it’s not yet plain sailing for the jumping spider, as it is also a favorite snack of its savior, the weaver ant. Therefore jumping spiders build dense ant-proof nests of an unusually tough and dense weave that are difficult for the ants to tear open. The nest’s hinged flaps of silk at each end function as swinging doors. The spider quickly raises these when it enters or leaves the nest, before any ants can follow, too. Also Read – Feel what you fearSee how clever each species is! Are shrimp safe to eat? Many people think that an animal is safe to consume because it doesn’t kill them immediately or give them an infection in their stomach that lasts for a few days. For instance eating the meat of a cow/buffalo that has foot in mouth disease does give some humans an acne/chickenpox type condition and fever but it is so mild that no one relates the two. Likewise shrimp carry massive amounts of antibiotics (because that is what they have been bred with), heavy metals and PCBs which are the worst cancer giving chemicals that I can think of. These have long term effects – meaning your body can react even a year later. Also Read – HomecomingNow scientists have found that freshwater shrimps are sometimes affected by a parasite, Pleistophoramulleri, which makes the shrimp cannibalistic and far more voraciously hungry. Do you want that kind of parasite in you? There is evidence that parasites can affect human behaviour. A study led by Dr Glenn McConkey, of the University of Leeds Faculty of Biological Sciences, has shown that the parasite Toxoplasma gondii directly affects the chemistry of the human brain. I always say – first you eat meat, then it eats you.last_img read more

State govt to interlink Artificial Intelligence application within 3 depts for humancentric

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government is planning to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the dissemination of human-centric data by forming a linkage between three government departments that provide direct services to the common people.”We feel that it is necessary to have a framework through which departments under the state government can be interlinked so that we can share human-centric data. A high-level meeting on how AI applications can be used in various areas related to agriculture, transportation and health was held on Monday. IIT Kharagpur will guide us and research scholars from the premier institute will be in constant touch with us so that we can establish a human-centric database combining the three departments. We are hopeful that this will create new avenues in various areas,” a senior official of Information Technology & Electronics (IT&E) department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWebel Informatics Limited (WIL), the Education & Training arm of West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation (WBEIDC) will take the lead in this endeavour. “We will begin with three state departments — Transport, Health and Agriculture and after getting the desired results we will proceed further,” the official said. The high-level meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary IT&E Debashis Sen along with key officials of Transport, Health and Agriculture department and IIT Kharagpur Director Dr Partha Pratim Chakrabarti. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA private company — PRM Fincon at Rajarhat is working on knowledge of actual case developments of AI in Bengal. The company uses AI to analyse the risk profile of companies and thus advise investors to invest wisely. “They are working on video analytics and their laboratory level prototype is already able to use AI to analyse CCTV feeds to flag if vehicles were crossing lanes and if a two-wheeler rider is wearing a helmet or not and whether it is a soft cap or a proper hard helmet. This would be a great case to improve road safety in accordance with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “Safe Drive, Save Life” campaign. We have asked Prithwiraj Mukherjee, CEO of the company, to explore the possibilities of developing it further and use it in curbing accidents in New Town,” the official added. IIT Kharagpur’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence that was set up in April 2018 has been applying its research in AI for solving industrial, scientific and social problems such as retail, industry 4.0 and manufacturing.last_img read more

Huge hashish shipment washes up on Spanish beach

first_imgMADRID- Spanish authorities seized 62 bales containing close to two tonnes of hashish that washed ashore on Monday on a beach in one of Spain’s exclaves in North Africa, police said.Officers on a routine patrol spotted several bales at the Calamocarro beach just outside Ceuta, which lies across the Strait of Gibraltar from mainland Spain and is surrounded by Morocco, police said in a statement.They collected 57 on the beach and another five still floating at sea, each bale weighing about 30 kilos. Police said the drugs may have fallen off a ship when bad weather disrupted maritime traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday.Spain’s proximity to Morocco, a major hashish producer, has made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.Spanish authorities seized 325.5 tonnes of hashish in 2012, the last year for which figures are available, 74 percent of the total amount of hashish seized in Europe that year, according to the interior ministry.last_img read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more

FiveThirtyEights 201516 NBA Forecast

The East is still the inferior conference — the average NBA team would stand to gain about two extra wins by moving from West to East. How much is two wins worth? It’s nothing to sneeze at, but it also isn’t going to make or break a team’s fortunes. The top-ranked Cleveland Cavaliers, for instance, would still be projected to win more than 60 games if they were given the schedule of a typical Western Conference team.Then again, the Cavs have a rare stockpile of talent by the standards of the East — we think they’re far and away the best team in the conference. That’s not exactly a bold prediction; perhaps more interesting is the No. 2 ranking CARMELO bestows on the Boston Celtics, who finished last season with the eighth seed in the East. Boston’s scoring attack wasn’t very good last year, but CARMELO thinks the team’s turnaround will be fueled by major improvements on the offensive end.As for the rest of the conference, the Atlanta Hawks’ projected decline — from 60 to 46 wins — might surprise their fans, but because many of last season’s stars are expected to regress to the mean, CARMELO thinks they’ll take equal steps backward on offense and defense. Along the same lines, the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets are projected to fall out of the playoffs (particularly Brooklyn, who we project to be in the East’s cellar), while CARMELO calls for the Charlotte Hornets to ascend to the postseason after sitting it out last year.WESTERN CONFERENCE 3BullsCentral+0.115+2.04+2.147.8 7HornetsSoutheast-1.0170.017-1.039.4 10PistonsCentral+1.210-3.127-1.936.6 Here at FiveThirtyEight HQ, we’ve been pretty excited about the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.OK, that’s a bit of an understatement.For starters, we rolled out CARMELO,1Short for, ahem, Career-Arc Regression Model Estimator with Local Optimization. our system for predicting the career of every NBA player, and we’ve been encouraging all who will listen to check out their favorite player’s projection. (Yes, our friends and families have asked us to stop.) We also used CARMELO to preview all 30 NBA teams.In each of those previews, we listed a “projected record” for the team in question to get a sense of what their fans should expect this year. But the trouble with writing these previews over such an extended amount of time is that we didn’t really get a chance to run the numbers for every team all at once. And if we had, injuries and transactions would have rendered those projections out of date by now.So to our eagle-eyed readers: Yes, we know, the projected wins for each team did not perfectly average 41-41 across the entire NBA.2They came close; on average, we were about 0.9 wins too high per team. We also didn’t adjust the numbers for strength of schedule. But we have now. Here’s an overview of each conference’s projected standings, which takes into account CARMELO’s ratings and each team’s schedule.3Our original predictions have a .996 correlation with these updated ones, so very little changed when we plugged our talent ratings into the 2015-16 NBA schedule. Unsurprisingly, the main difference came between conferences, where the same amount of generic talent in the CARMELO model will buy you more wins in the East than the West.EASTERN CONFERENCE 15NetsAtlantic-3.828-3.929-7.721.7 8JazzNorthwest+0.514+0.88+1.343.8 15LakersPacific-1.923-4.830-6.722.1 8PacersCentral-1.219-0.219-1.437.7 1CavaliersCentral+8.210.018+8.163.2 5RocketsSouthwest+4.03+0.610+4.752.6 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 13NuggetsNorthwest-4.329-0.923-5.226.3 11MagicSoutheast-1.420-0.721-2.136.1 10SunsPacific-2.624+1.96-0.738.2 In the West, the Golden State Warriors are once again our pick for No. 1 in the conference. But beneath them, there are some shake-ups: The Oklahoma City Thunder, who finished out of the playoffs last season after an incredible spate of injuries, are right back near the top of the standings, as are the new-look San Antonio Spurs. Those teams push the Los Angeles Clippers down to No. 4, highlighting just how stacked the West continues to be.CARMELO also thinks the Houston Rockets will fall from second to fifth in the conference, thanks to a declining defense. And it forecasts an extreme decline for the Portland Trail Blazers — without LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland is projected to drop from fourth in the West to 12th. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the playoff picture, our numbers call for the Dallas Mavericks to cede their No. 7 slot from a year ago to the Pelicans, while the Utah Jazz and (shockingly) the Kings battle over the conference’s eighth and final postseason berth.As mentioned above, the West figures to once again dominate the East. While the Cavaliers project as the NBA’s most talented team (by fractions of a ratings point over the Warriors), each of the next six best teams are in the West, as are six of the seven teams we project to win 50+ games. But there might be slight hope for improvement in East-West relations: CARMELO thinks the East will gain five total wins on the West, compared to last year’s split between the conferences.No matter what happens between the conferences, though, we think they’ll be represented again in the Finals by the Cavaliers and Warriors come next June.4Cleveland has a much higher probability of getting there. And we’re really looking forward to seeing how their paths potentially take them there. 12BucksCentral-3.326+0.79-2.634.4 2ThunderNorthwest+6.12+0.513+6.658.0 SEEDTEAMDIVOFFNBA RKDEFNBA RKTOTWINS 1476ersAtlantic-6.730-0.822-7.522.0 9HeatSoutheast-0.316-1.324-1.637.7 9KingsPacific-1.018+0.414-0.638.3 3SpursSouthwest+2.37+4.22+6.457.1 5RaptorsAtlantic+0.712+0.116+0.844.5 6WizardsSoutheast-1.721+1.57-0.341.0 2CelticsAtlantic+2.08+0.415+2.449.2 4HawksSoutheast+0.711+0.611+1.345.7 13KnicksAtlantic-3.527-2.926-6.424.8 1WarriorsPacific+3.05+5.01+8.161.3 4ClippersPacific+4.04+1.95+5.956.1 12Trail BlazersNorthwest-1.822+0.612-1.336.2 11MavericksSouthwest+1.49-1.925-0.638.0 7PelicansSouthwest+2.36-0.620+1.844.9 6GrizzliesSouthwest+0.613+3.13+3.750.5 14TimberwolvesNorthwest-2.625-3.128-5.724.9 read more

Justin Blackmon Finally Signs With Jaguars

Justin Blackmon is in the record books and he has not even played a game yet for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He certainly did not plan for the dubious distinction he acquired, but then who would?Blackmon became this year’s final first-round draft pick to sign a contract. The No. 5 overall will show up for his first NFL practice Tuesday after he signs a four-year deal worth $19.5 million, according to the Florida Times-Union.As it is in today’s technologically advanced times, the Jaguars announced the contract agreement with Blackmon via the team’s Twitter account.In any case, the club is ready to have the receiver with so much potential begin working on his craft with his teammates. Blackmon isn’t likely to play in the Jaguars’ first preseason game Friday against the New York Giants. New rules call for a player to have three days of non-contact work before he’s allowed to put on full pads. Starting practice Tuesday only allows for two days of non-contact work before the preseason game.Whatever the case, Blackmon will arrive with a cloud of drama hanging over him and suspect eyes because of his troubled past.The former Oklahoma State star pleaded guilty last month to drunken driving in Oklahoma. He negotiated a deal that did not included jail time.Still, it was s disturbing scenario. Blackmon was arrested in Stillwater, Okla., on June 3 and charged with aggravated DUI when he registered a .24 alcohol level, three times the legal limit. He later apologized and indicated that he would stop drinking.This arrest followed an arrest for an alcohol-related offense while at Oklahoma State, leading to speculation that the Jaguars wanted some sort of contractual protection should he run afoul of the law again.It is not clear at this time if that kind of stipulation was a sticking point in the contract negotiations. read more

Saints Coach Sean Payton to Become Free Agent

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who is currently serving a yearlong suspension, is set to become a free agent at the end of this season after his multi-year contract extension in September 2011 was voided by the NFL within the past year according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.The extension would have kept Payton in New Orleans through the 2015 season, but a clause in the contact is the specific reason why the NFL decided to void it. The clause states that Payton could walk away from the deal if general manager Mickey Loomis was fired, suspended, or left the organization under any circumstances that were deemed to be unsatisfactory by the league.The NFL felt that the clause would have set a horrible pattern for future coaching contracts and denied the deal months before Loomis was set to serve his eight game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal.Ironically, Saints owner Tom Benson announced the extension last year which did not receive approval from the league.“I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season,” Benson said. “Our goal is to continue to build a tradition of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition.”In March, Payton visited the NFL offices to appeal his suspension in connection with the bounty scandal, he then asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the status of his contract extension and was informed that the contract was unacceptable, according to Schefter.Both sides attempted to resolve the matter, but were unable to in numerous attempts that date back to the beginning of this year.The NFL released a statement Sunday morning, saying it had “made no determination” on the status of Payton’s contract for next year.“All contracts between clubs and their employees must be approved by the commissioner, and we do not comment on specific terms of individual contracts,” the statement said. “Any comment regarding the matter should come from Coach Payton and the Saints.”There are some in the league office that believe Payton’s contract will be put on hold, meaning he would be the head coach in New Orleans for the 2013 season. But others believe that he will become a free agent.The struggling Dallas Cowboys are one of the teams that have risen to surface in being interested in Payton if he is a free agent. Payton served as assistant head coach from 2003 to 2005 for the Cowboys and purchased a house in the city early last year.Current Cowboys coach Jason Garret is in his second year after finishing 8-8 last year. He has been scrutinized the past couple of weeks with bad play-calling and clock management issues, which has them at 3-4 for the season.Earlier in the season Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed that the window of opportunity was closing on his team. The Cowboys have not made a playoff appearance since 2009, and if they do not make playoffs this season he may possibly replace Garrett with Payton. read more

Obesity talks will feature at upcoming CARPHA Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppObesity is the big health problem in the Turks and Caicos according to the Premier at a recent interview with Magnetic Media on World Health Day and now this position is supported by remarks from the Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales.  During the media conference to announce the first time the Turks and Caicos will host the CARPHA Health and Research Conference  this coming June, Dr.  Hospedales said a study on obesity, especially among children here, will fuel policies for these islands and other Caribbean countries.  Recommended for you TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:eating, food, health, healthy, obesity, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse PAHO: 2.6 million undernourished in the region, still obesity up “The focus of the food environment, the policy package for discussion, how feasible is it, how can we actually do this. Monitoring nutritional labeling, reducing the level of salt, and fat, and sugar; reducing the advertising of junk food to children.  How do we cross subsidize fruits and vegetables are among the things to be discussed.  What are the trade adjustments we can make to have healthier food imported in the country.  So this is highly relevant not just in the TCI but in the broader Caribbean.”last_img read more

ALL GUILTY PLEAS IN THE JUNE 14 2016 OCEAN VIEW BAR ROBBERY

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThree children and a boy barely an adult could spend time in jail for a cruel robbery in Grand Turk, where a barmaid was struck in her head with a baseball bat and money was stolen.  If our juvenile center never before had long term tenants, it seems poised to now get some.  Sadly, Police today report that a 14 year old, two 17 year olds and an 18 year old all say they are guilty of the incident from June 14, 2016 when shortly after midnight, the four entered the Ocean View Bar on West Road in Grand Turk and robbed it, but not before violently attacking the female attendant.  She was struck in her head and about her arms with a bat by these boys, who now offer no challenge on the crime and have to see what a judge says about the time they will spend in prison.  The four – including Jerry Dossou and Tashawn Higgs, both 17 and Brian Blenman, 18 – were arrested and charged four days after the armed robbery, where Police say they dressed the part – all in black and took the cash register earnings and the woman’s handbag before running off.  The four will be sentenced on October 7, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:4 boys rob bar in Grand Turk, Ocean View bar robbery, woman violently attacked in Grand Turk bar robberylast_img read more

Reports Of Broken Glass Found At Three Friends Dog Park

first_imgAnyone with information is encouraged to contact the Soldotna Police Department. According to Connie Hocker, park organizer and coordinator this is the second time this year, the first was back in May, that this type of vandalism has occured at the dog park. When you’re in the park be aware of broken glass and if you locate anything suspicious or harmful contact SPD. According to Hocker, it seems to be concentrated more in the large play run area upfront. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Patrons at Three Friends Dog Park found shards of glass spread throughout the grass of the park on Wednesday morning. Hocker and volunteers picked up the glass and contacted the Soldotna Police Department to report the incident: “We will not tolerate this! We will be putting up cameras. This is such a shame that someone would intentionally try to harm these dogs.”last_img read more

GRAMMYConnect Presents 6 Degrees From Brandi Carlile

first_imgNews GRAMMYConnect Presents: 6 Degrees From Brandi Carlile 6 Degrees From Brandi Carlile With GRAMMYConnect grammyconnect-presents-6-degrees-brandi-carlile We put the seven-time GRAMMY nominee together with GRAMMYconnect.com for an IBM Watson-fueled exploration of the talented and powerful people who contributed to her careerthe GRAMMYsGRAMMYs Feb 5, 2019 – 11:36 am Over the course of their careers, GRAMMY-nominated artists intersect with hundreds—maybe thousands—of fellow musicians, producers, and other industry professionals. Many have a chance to work with entertainers outside the music industry, or even a politician or two.Given a typical GRAMMY-nominated artist’s far-reaching network, we thought it would be fun to explore a few of these connections with folk-rock singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, who is nominated for six GRAMMYs this year. To help facilitate the conversation, we used GRAMMYconnect.com, our AI-powered site developed in partnership with IBM.”It was really cool to kinda stroll dowm memory lane and see so many of the people that have touched my live over the years,” says Carlile. “I even came across a few connections I didn’t know I had.”One of those hidden connections was with none other than Amy Schumer, the comedienne, actress, and activist who shares a passion for many of the same causes as Carlile. Turns out Schumer and Carlile were born on the same exact day: June 1, 1981. “I think it’s quite a compliment to share a birthday with somebody that exciting and funny, and of that depth,” says Carlile. The two actually met one time at a hotel swimming pool, when Brandi’s wife managed to get a laugh out of Schumer. “She made the funniest woman in America laugh.”Exclusive: Brandi Carlile On ‘By The Way, I Forgive You’ & “The Joke”That’s not the only surprising link GRAMMYConnect found to Carlile: The Washington-born singer also has deep ties to former President Barack Obama. Obama has included a few of Carlile’s songs on the favorites list he posts every year. Not only that, but he wrote the foreword to Cover Stories, Carlile’s 2017 album to benefit children of war.“I’ve got a lot of connection points with Barack Obama over the last eight to 10 years,” says Carlile. “There are so many ways he’s impacted my life… I think the most potent connection I have to him is that I proposed to my wife on the day that he came out as the first American president in support of marriage equality.”And here’s one that many of you probably missed: Brandi is connected to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, due to her cameo in A Star is Born. In the scene, Cooper’s character, Jackson Maine, participates in a GRAMMY Awards tribute to Roy Orbison. Brandi plays herself, and takes the lead on vocals in the scene.  We also explored Carlile’s connections to Dolly Parton, who will be honored as the 2019 MusicCares Person of the Year at the L.A. Convention Center two nights before the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards. Click Dolly’s name to find out how the two are connected! And while you’re at it, find out how Carlile connects to GRAMMY winners Pearl Jam, Elton John, Kacey Musgraves and Maren Morris.To explore more of Brandi’s connections, or the connections of more than 19,000 GRAMMY-nominated artists through the years, go to GRAMMYconnect.com. Then, be sure to watch the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.Read more Facebook Twitter Email last_img read more

Fresh influx of Myanmar Rohingyas into Bangladesh

first_imgAt least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh. AFP File PhotoHundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday.They said at least 500 Rohingya had made the difficult journey into Bangladesh, some claiming they had been abused by soldiers in Myanmar.The latest influx follows a months-long bloody military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in Myanmar last year that led tens of thousands to flee across the border. The United Nations has said the violence may amount to ethnic cleansing.Abu Toyyob said he escaped with his seven-member family as the army vandalised Rohingya houses and detained young men.”They arrested my younger brother from home and injured my two-year-old son by kicking him with boots,” the 25-year-old told AFP.”I immediately set off with my family and crossed the Naf two nights ago,” he added, referring to the river that divides the two countries.Dhaka estimates that nearly 400,000 Rohingya refugees are living in squalid refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the resort district of Cox’s Bazar, which borders Rakhine.Their numbers swelled last October when more than 70,000 Rohingya villagers began arriving, bringing stories of systematic rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar soldiers.Bangladesh border guards said they had stepped up patrols after reports of a military build-up on the other side of the river.Last week, the UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee voiced alarm at reports that an army battalion had flown into Rakhine to help local authorities boost security in the region.Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long faced criticism for its treatment of the more than one million Rohingya who live in Rakhine, who are seen as interlopers from Bangladesh, denied citizenship and access to basic rights.But they are also increasingly unwelcome in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, where police often blame them for crimes such as drug trafficking.Dhaka has floated the idea of relocating tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote, flood-prone island off its coast, despite opposition from rights groups.An official with the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which looks after settlements for unregistered Rohingya refugees, said the organisation was aware of new arrivals.The numbers were “not as alarming as the October influx,” the official said.last_img read more

Robbers hack policeman in Habiganj

first_imgMap of HabiganjA sub-inspector of police sustained stab injury in an attack of robbers on Chatiain-Ratanpur road in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj on Monday night, reports news agency UNB.The injured is Zia Uddin, sub-inspector of Chatiain police outpost.S M Raju Ahmed, senior assistant superintendent of police, said a gang of robber attacked Zia around 10:00 pm while he was returning to police outpost from his workplace and stabbed him, leaving critically injured.Later, the injured SI was admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital.last_img

BNP submits list of detained leaders to EC

first_imgElection CommissionMain opposition BNP on Saturday submitted a list of 21 leaders to the election commission, including a nomination seeker, who have been arrested by law enforcement agencies since 22 November ‘defying the EC’s directives’, reports UNB.Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Salauddin Khan submitted the list attached with a letter signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the office of chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban.”So far, 21 BNP leaders, including a nomination seeker, have been arrested since 22 November,” Fakhrul claimed in the letter.The BNP leader requested the election commission to issue emergency directives to the law enforcement agencies to refrain from arresting BNP leaders and activists in ‘false’ cases alongside taking measures for the release of those arrested.Fakhrul alleged that the EC played a silent role.Besides, BNP submitted a list of two cases filed with Bhairab police station against its leaders and activists on 19 and 23 November. The total numbers of named and unnamed accused in the two cases are 150 and 450 ones respectively. In the letter, Fakhrul said they earlier submitted the lists of cases with arrestees on 15, 17 and 20 November.Over recovering the body of its nomination seeker Abu Bakar from Buriganga, he said the EC earlier announced that they were giving directives to the law enforcement agencies to take legal steps in this regard.”The role of the EC is also questionable in this regard. The EC can’t avoid the responsibility in this matter,” the BNP secretary general said.According to the BNP’s list, BNP nomination seeker from Cumilla-4 constituency MA Awal Khan was arrested and kept in the jail so that he cannot submit the nomination paper.The other 20 arrestees are Ramna thana Chhatra Dal leader Jewel Rana (missing traceless after being arrested), Rupnagar Thana BNP leader Abul Kashem, Rupnagar thana Juba Dal leaders Fakhrul Islam Shipu, Jahangir Biswas, Shahjahan Shikder and Mintu Mia, Rupnagar Swecchasebok Dal leader Alauddin, Mohammadpur thana BNP leaders Abdur Rahman and Masum, Sutrapur thana BNP leader Abdus Sattar, Kawser Ahmmed, Mujibur Rahman, Sutrapur Sramik Dal leader Delwar Hossain, ward-level leader in Khilkhet thana Abdul Haque Bhuiyan, Bhairab (Kishoreganj) BNP leaders Alamgir member and Abdul Khaleque, and Bhairab Juba Dal leader Rubel Mia.The other arrestees are Jamal, Zakaria Faruk and Kawser Mia — all grassroots leaders of Bhairab.Later, EC secretary Helal Uddin told reporters that the list submitted by BNP will be placed in the commission’s meeting to be held on Sunday and the EC will take the decision.last_img read more

Six EU countries to take in stranded ship migrants

first_imgThis hand-out picture taken and released on 25 June 2018 by German NGO `Mission Lifeline` off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, is moored about 30 nautical miles off Malta with 234 migrants who were rescued on 20 June including 14 women and four children younger than three. Photo: AFPSix EU countries have agreed to take in over 200 migrants stranded on a rescue ship off Malta’s coast, French president Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday, after days of bickering between member states over their fate.Each of the member states, which include France, Italy and Portugal, will take “a few dozen individuals” of the 233 migrants on board the Lifeline vessel, Macron said in Rome after talks with Pope Francis.However, Macron also criticised the German NGO running the ship for contravening “all the rules” by coming to the migrants’ rescue when the Libyan coastguard was already intervening.”We cannot permanently accept this situation,” he said. “In the end we are playing into the hands of smugglers by reducing the risks of the journey.”Macron’s comments came after Malta said it would only allow the migrants to land if fellow European Union countries took their quota.The vessel’s fate has hung in the balance since last week as bloc members remained at loggerheads over how to handle the influx of people trying to reach the continent.The ship had rescued the migrants, including children and pregnant women, on Thursday but Malta and Italy initially refused to take them in.However, Valletta agreed Tuesday to let the ship dock once other EU states confirmed they would help.But Malta also warned it would launch an investigation and possibly take action against the Lifeline once it entered Maltese waters.The Lifeline NGO meanwhile said it had received a message from Malta at 6:00 pm local time (1600 GMT) on Tuesday still banning it from entering “territorial waters”.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly hailed the news that a second migrant ship he had turned away would be taken in elsewhere.Earlier this month, Rome rejected the Aquarius ship carrying 630 migrants, forcing it to eventually dock in Spain.”For women and children really fleeing the war the doors are open, for everyone else they are not!” Salvini tweeted.He has repeatedly warned foreign charities to stop rescuing migrants off Libya, insisting Italian ports “are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers”.- ‘Ready to help’ -The decision by Italy’s new hard-line government and Malta to turn away rescue vessels has plunged Europe into a political crisis over how to collectively handle the huge numbers of people fleeing war and misery in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux earlier told RTL radio that “a European solution seems to be emerging”.He insisted there was no migrant “crisis” but urged leaders “to respond quickly to an urgent situation”.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also said Tuesday that Madrid would take part in a “joint response” over Lifeline, but “several countries must participate”.Italy and Malta say they are unfairly bearing the brunt of the new arrivals, while other European countries are urging more forceful policies to block their entry.During a surprise visit to Libya on Monday, Salvini called for processing centres to be set up in various unnamed African countries to deal with potential migrants in a move “to help Libya as well as Italy block migration”.Similarly, France has proposed setting up EU asylum processing centres in Africa aimed at discouraging people to attempt dangerous trips.Libya is a gateway for thousands of refugees and migrants hoping to reach Europe. Hundreds drown each year attempting the perilous crossing over the Mediterranean in often rickety boats.- War of words -Sixteen EU leaders held emergency talks in Brussels on Sunday in a bid to break the longstanding deadlock over who should take in the migrantsA full EU summit is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.The current row came to a head earlier this month over the Aquarius incident.A war of words saw French president Emmanuel Macron accuse Rome of “irresponsibility “for turning away the boat, while Italy denounced Paris for hypocrisy in pushing migrants back across their shared border.The issue was raised during a meeting at the Vatican Tuesday between Macron and Pope Francis, who has called for “solidarity” with migrants.In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an ultimatum from her hard-line interior minister who has given her until the end of June to find an EU deal to curb new arrivals.last_img

UPDATE List Of Charities And Steps To Donate As Harvey Relief Grows

first_imgUnited Way Relief Fund:To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood or text UWFLOOD to 41444 BarkerRipley:Working in collaboration with other agencies, BarkerRipley picks up after the initial emergency responders and work on helping people restart their lives. To donate to BarkerRipley visit their site here. The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some charities and things you should consider. Share Red Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help.last_img read more

ATM Fees Among The Highest In Houston

first_imgPublicDomainPictures.net Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X ATM fees have gone up across the county for the past 14 years.In Houston, bank customers are paying on average $5.18 when they’re using other banks’ machines – the third-most nationwide.A survey by Bankrate.com looked at the 10 largest banks in 25 metro areas.Greg McBride, the company’s chief financial officer, said the bank that owns the ATM usually charges around $3.The issue is with what your own bank charges on top of that.“(In) many other parts of the country, we actually saw more accounts and more banks that were allowing their own customers to go outside the network for free,” he said. “You’d still pay the ATM owner but at least you wouldn’t pay your own bank. In Houston, that wasn’t the case.”To avoid costly charges, he said, you should only get cash at your own bank’s ATM or find out if your bank is part of a network that lets you access other machines for free. 00:00 /00:54last_img read more