Coop Students begin Work Placements in Construction Jobs

first_imgMore than 100 high school students equipped with safety training and an interest in the skilled trades have started their summer co-op work placements in the construction sector. The students are part of the Building Futures for Youth program, which gives Grade 11 students an opportunity to safely explore a career in Nova Scotia’s construction industry. The program was developed by the Construction Association of Nova Scotia in partnership with the departments of Education, Labour and Workforce Development and the Nova Scotia Community College. “The students participating in the Building Futures for Youth program are gaining the skills and experience needed to fill good jobs, while making connections with some of the provinces best employers,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “This program is a perfect example of government, industry and the education community working together to grow this provinces workforce and economy.” Building Futures for Youth was launched as a pilot program in 2008 with seven students from the Halifax Regional School Board participating. The following year it was expanded into Chignecto Central and Cape Breton-Victoria Regional school boards with 36 students participating. The program is now offered in all school boards with 103 students enrolled. Adam Smith, a student working with JW Lindsay Enterprises for the summer, became interested in Building Futures for Youth after seeing the success his brother had in the program. “I’m only 17 years old and I have already had the opportunity to learn new skills and gain valuable experience in several different trades,” said Mr. Smith. “In the future I could see myself with a successful career in the trades, and just like my brother, I feel like on am on a pathway to success.” Before beginning their placements, students receive two weeks of construction-specific safety training from Nova Scotia Community College. They also receive a full day of training from the Construction Association of Nova Scotia on workplace expectations. Carol MacCulloch, president of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, said the industry trade association of more than 700 employers has been transformed through our Building Futures for Youth experiences. “We are engaged in a meaningful relationship with the education system, enriched by our school board partnerships, and energized by the enthusiasm of the students and their families while actively working to ensure a future skilled construction workforce that will benefit all Nova Scotians. You really can’t ask for more from a program.” Students who participate in Building Futures for Youth are compensated for their work by their employer and receive high school co-operative education credits for every 100 hours. Students are also issued a pre-apprenticeship identification card and may be eligible to register as a youth apprentice. Students can also gain apprenticeship hours for work performed under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Upon successful completion, a student will receive up to 300 hours apprenticeship credit when they register in an apprenticeship program. “Through this program, the construction industry is gaining the talent and ambition of some of the most professional youth I have ever encountered,” said Royce Williston, president of Higgins Construction. “By providing these students with experience, advice and direction I am helping them make decisions about their futures, and hopefully some will choose to build a career in Nova Scotia’s construction sector.” For more information about the Building Futures for Youth program visit www.buildingfutures.ca .last_img read more

Read More »

Decomposed body of retired WBCS officer found

first_imgKolkata: A decomposed body of a retired WBCS officer was found from his rented house on Monday night in Jadavpur.The landlord found a foul smell emitting out from the part of the house where his tenant lived and he informed police about it. According to sources, on Monday night, a man called Jadavpur police station and informed that his tenant who is a retired WBCS officer identified as Sukriti Bhusan Dutta (80) is not responding to his calls and knocks on the door. He said a foul smell was emitting from the room. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice rushed to the house located at 37/3, Ibrahimpur Road. After reaching the spot the landlord told the police that Dutta resided on the first floor of his two -storied house. Following that the police went upstairs and knocked on the door. After a few minutes, the police broke the door and found Dutta’s decomposed body was lying on the floor of his room. It is learnt that Dutta used to reside alone at the rented house for long time. He was known as a good human being in the area. Police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy. After a search of his room, police found no suicide note or any clues which could indicate towards foul play. It is suspected that he had fallen sick due to his age and died before he could sought help from his landlord and neighbours.last_img read more

Read More »

Northern BC Caribou Closure Town Hall with Bob Zimmer

first_imgPomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bob Zimmer will be hosting a Town Hall about the plans for a potential Caribou Recovery Program in the Region.Zimmer will be hosting a Public Northern BC Caribou Closures Town Hall on February 2nd at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre in Fort St. John from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. This is an opportunity to bring the community together to discuss concerns and Zimmer hopes to get answers to questions.In Bob Zimmer’s January 21, 2019, Weekly Report, he shares that the promised public meetings with the Government have been cancelled, and future plans regarding the Caribou are still unknown. He goes on to say this could have an effect on our region, economically and recreationally. 11308 Alaska Road, Tim RoomFort St. John, BC V1J5T5last_img read more

Read More »

Through videos on social media AAP will explain needs of full statehood

first_imgNEW DELHI: To explain the needs of full statehood in Delhi the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has started focusing on videos and social media. The partyhas already announced candidates for all seven Delhi seats and the candidates with their teams are spreading these videos to the people. “We are making these videos to simplify the issue of full statehood. When we are going door to door for the campaign we find that in spoken words sometimes people do not understand the issue. That’s why we thought of making these small explanatory videos and the feedback is positive,” said a leader. In this video, the makers are mostly taking up different issues related to full statehood and also bringing some characters to act on these videos. “Visual media is faster and also it has a larger reach. In some cases we play these videos at Mohallah Sabhas by putting big screens” said a leader. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe party is also using various social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter to post these videos. “In the ground level there are many Whatsapp groups to interact with our volunteers and we are sharing these video in those groups. We have also requested the individuals to share the videos with there friends and in this way the circulation is taking place,” a leader said. On the other hand, the social media teams of the AAP also planned to spread videos, explainers, pictures and quotes on the same issues. For social media, the party has also found out various old video clips of leaders from BJP and Congress where they have promised to give full statehood to Delhi. According to the sources the party is also experimenting with various hashtags for the social media to spread the information about the fight across the spectrum. Earlier, Gopal Rai showed various clippings of BJP leaders saying that the party would like to bring full statehood.last_img read more

Read More »

Putin Belt and Road fits with Eurasian Economic Union goals

BEIJING — China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative meshes perfectly with the goals of the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.Putin’s comments to a Belt and Road forum in Beijing may help alleviate concerns over potential tensions between China and Russia, given Beijing’s rapidly expanding economic footprint in Central Asia, Moscow’s traditional sphere of influence.Putin told some three-dozen leaders attending the conference that China’s moves “fit perfectly into our plans.”The Eurasian Economic Union groups Russia with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan in a common market that seeks to remove barriers to the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour.The five member states “unanimously supported the idea of linking the construction of the Eurasian Economic Community” and the Belt and Road, Putin said.Separately, Putin met Friday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He visited Beijing just after wrapping up a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia’s Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok.The Associated Press read more

Read More »

Effective security strategy most urgent priority for Afghanistan – Ban Kimoon

26 September 2007As Afghanistan continues to grapple with an ongoing insurgency, weak governance and a growing narcotics industry, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cited an effective plan to ensure security as the war-torn nation’s most pressing need. “The most urgent priority must be an effective, integrated civilian-military strategy and security plan for Afghanistan,” Mr. Ban wrote in his latest report on the situation in the country and its implications for peace and security. “A coordinated military response is still needed to defeat insurgent and terrorist groups, but success in the medium term requires the engagement of communities and the provision of lasting security in which development can take place,” he added.The Secretary-General stated that a key to sustaining security gains in the long term is increasing the capability, autonomy and integrity of the Afghan National Security Forces, especially the Afghan National Police.He urged the Government to build on the outcomes of the Conference on the Rule of Law in Afghanistan, which he co-chaired with President Hamid Karzai in Rome in July, by finalizing its justice sector strategy and addressing the “apparent impunity enjoyed by those Government officials perceived to be abusing their offices.”Highlighting the threat to reconstruction and development posed by the continued increase in opium production – which reached record levels this year – Mr. Ban called on Afghan authorities to prioritize interdiction and bring drug traffickers to justice. Participants at a high-level meeting convened over the weekend at UN Headquarters in New York by Mr. Ban and President Karzai also expressed great concern at that situation, underlining the link between drug production and trafficking and the financing of terrorist activities, and agreed that “breaking this linkage is vital to creating a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan.” Meanwhile in New York today, President Karzai and the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Kemal Dervis launched the Afghanistan National Human Development Report 2007, which explores the importance of the rule of law to human development in the country.A key finding of the report, prepared by an independent team of authors, is that the Afghan justice system must be rebuilt in a way that bridges modern and traditional justice institutions, protects rights and strengthens rule of law – “a pivotal step in Afghanistan’s march to successful political transition and development.”The report makes a strong case for a “hybrid model of Afghan justice” with traditional systems of dispute settlement – jirgas and shuras – complementing the formal justice system. “This report advocates a bold and creative approach to strengthening the justice institutions in Afghanistan,” President Karzai said at today’s launch. “While remaining committed to universal principles of human rights and Afghan laws, we believe that the state and traditional justice bodies working together can help make justice and the rule of law more readily available to Afghans,” he added.The report found that personal security is among the major impediments to achieving development targets in Afghanistan. In 2006 alone, more than 4,400 Afghans – including 1,000 civilians – died in anti-government violence, twice as many as in 2005. “Security is a prerequisite for the rule of law that, in turn creates an atmosphere conducive to human development,” the report states. “Strengthening the rule of law can nonetheless, serve as an important means to advance the freedom of people to exercise choices and enhance their capacity to live meaningful and healthy lives.”Afghanistan has adapted the globally agreed Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include halving the number of people living in extreme poverty and hunger, to nine Afghan MDGs. While the country has maintained a steady growth rate and is likely to achieve its poverty goal by 2020, the report notes that the picture is “disappointing” for most of the other goals. Some 6.6 million – or one third of Afghans – do not have enough food to eat, only 12 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men are literate, and the mortality rate for children under five years and the proportion of mothers dying in childbirth are among the highest in the world. Mr. Dervis noted that the report showed that despite decades of war, Afghanistan has made measurable progress with regard to some key dimensions of human development as well as towards achieving Afghanistan’s development goals. He added that “with the spectre of violence and uncertainty lifting ever so gradually from Afghanistan, the need to expand prospects of life and human development across the length and breadth of the country assume ever-greater urgency.” read more

Read More »

UN to help Congolese refugees head home across difficult terrain

Starting tomorrow, around 100 of an estimated 58,000 refugees who fled to Betu, Congo from fighting in the DRC some six years ago will be taken up the Oubangui River in locally built dugouts to a transit centre in Libenge. Roads in the heavily forested region are little more than rough tracks, sudden torrential downpours are common and it can take up to 10 hours to travel only 100 kilometres.After spending the night at the transit centre, the refugees will be given food, supplies, shelter construction tools and mosquito nets before beginning the next leg of the journey by truck – water levels are still too low for larger boats – across dense rainforest for their areas of origin in Equateur province in north-western DRC. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the final stage will often be on foot.“This is probably going to be one of the most logistically challenging operations that UNHCR has ever undertaken to return home refugees,” spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a briefing today in Geneva, adding that Equateur, which has been relatively stable for nearly two years, is the only province in the DRC where the agency is currently facilitating refugee returns.“Many refugees have expressed their wish to return home,” Ms. Pagonis said. Some 8,000 refugees have already signed up to repatriate and UNHCR said it hopes to help as many as 24,000 refugees in Congo voluntarily return home by the end of this year. The operation is scheduled to last through 2007. read more

Read More »

Hull of missing British yacht found no sign of crew

first_img US Coast Guard Capt. Anthony Popiel addresses reporters on the search Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe four men, Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge, were all sailing to the UK from a regatta in the Caribbean when their yacht capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean on 16 May. The Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationA search was launched for the men after they disappeared, but was stood down a number of days later. Relatives and family members of the four British yachtsmen Source: Nick AnsellHowever, American authorities relaunched the search and rescue mission after requests from the British government.Read: Man missing after boat capsizes on Lough Ree> Paul Gosling, James Male, Steve Warren and Andrew Bridge who are missing from the yacht ‘Cheeki Rafiki Source: Royal Yachting AssociationTHE US COAST guard says that the hull of a missing yacht has been found off Massachusetts.However, it says that there is still no sign of the four crew missing from the Cheeki Rafiki.last_img read more

Read More »

Helios solar project in doubt

first_imgThe German government poured cold water on Greek hopes of support for a mammoth photovoltaics project named Helios that would see the installation of a solar panel system in Greece and the power produced transmitted to Germany.“There will be absolutely no support to Greece via German electricity clients,” was the statement by a German Finance Ministry spokesman on Monday in response to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel suggesting that the European Union wishes to have favorable German regulations in the renewable energy sector extended to Greek firms, provided they supplied electricity to the European network. “That would mean German consumers would have to pay for the reconstruction of the Greek economy,” Spiegel wrote.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read More »

ASA Following Progress of House Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) continues to follow efforts to pass a new farm bill in the House of Representatives, and noted passage of legislation today by the House Committee on Agriculture. ASA strongly supports enacting a new farm bill before the current Agricultural Act of 2014 expires at the end of September. ASA President John Heisdorffer, a soybean farmer from Keota, Iowa, issued the following statement.“ASA continues to support completing the farm bill process as soon as possible this year to provide the long-term certainty farmers and ranchers need in the face of low farm prices and the volatile outlook for agricultural trade. After today’s Committee action, we hope sufficient votes can be found to pass a bill on the House floor in the coming weeks. However, we are concerned by the absence of bipartisan support for the current bill, and encourage the House and Committee leadership to work toward legislation that can receive the broad support that farm bills traditionally require.”last_img read more

Read More »

Soy Growers Talk Paying the Price for a Trade War with China

first_imgASA Director Richard Wilkins talks tariffs and soybeans on “Fox Business” this week. Photo credit: Screenshot from Fox BusinessSoy growers are frustrated, but not surprised this week, as a trade war looms with U.S. soy’s top customer. The Chinese Commerce Department announced plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans in retaliation for the U.S. proposed $60 billion in tariffs against Chinese goods. Soybean futures were already down nearly 40 cents a bushel the morning after this announcement.Here’s a look at ASA leaders in the news discussing how tariffs impact soy growers:ASA Director Joe Steinkamp, of Indiana, tells the Washington Post he exports about one-third of his soybean crop to China, so if the Chinese shun American suppliers, he risks losing around $170,000 in annual income. http://ow.ly/FQHr30jjxmaASA Director Brandon Wipf, of South Dakota, says if the tariff is put on, it would be devastating for U.S. growers, via Brownfield Ag News http://ow.ly/dWQh30jkKmvIowa Soybean Association Director Rolland Snell and ASA Director Rob Shaffer are featured on a Today Show segment, which discusses why soy growers worry they’re the ones about to pay the price for an escalating trade war with China. http://ly/LGuI30ji5fySoybean grower and ASA Director Richard Wilkins discusses China’s possible plan to import soybeans from Brazil, instead of the U.S., in response to President Trump’s tariffs, via Fox Business http://ow.ly/Se9130jkL0A  ASA Treasurer Bill Gordon, of Minnesota, talks the impact of China tariffs on soybeans and trade, via AgWired http://ow.ly/uY4030jkLBuASA Chairman Ron Moore, who raises soybeans near Roseville, Ill., says a trade war with China would hurt rural investment in rural areas, via The Wall Street Journal http://ow.ly/pmae30jkVJTClick here to read more about the work ASA is doing on trade.Follow @ASA_Soybeans and #TradeTuesday #RethinkTheTariffs and #SoyLeaders to keep up to date on these issues and more.last_img read more

Read More »

Miami VA hosts 1st baby shower for expecting veterans

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization is taking care of diaper duty for some brave mothers-to-be.The Miami VA Women Veterans Program collected donations from Miami VA employees and businesses at its first baby shower, Saturday. The event aims to help about 50 local pregnant veterans with the arrivals of their newborn babies.“We have nearly 5,000 women veterans from Monroe County up to Broward, and 72 are currently pregnant,” said an event organizer.The shower, held at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center in Miami, gave people an opportunity to donate clothing, toiletries, diapers, toys, gift cards and more.“It is an honor to serve these women,” said one woman. “They put boots on the ground just like the men did.”“We donated 4,860 diapers, I believe, so there’s a box of diapers donated to each mom here,” said Divya Nawalrai with the Miami Diaper Bank.Veteran Dana Humes is ready to have her second child, and she is grateful for the program. “Ms. Debra, the coordinator here, has been fabulous,” Humes said. “It’s a complete transition from my first pregnancy, and this one with the VA, they’ve stepped up a lot.” Organizers said the event was a success, and they look forward to putting it on again. “We had a great turnout, and a lot of excitement, a lot of great energy so we’d really like to continue it,” said Michelle Zielenski, The Women Veterans Program Manager.For more information on services offered by the Miami VA Women Veterans Program go to www.miami.va.gov/services/women.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Read More »

Facebook uses data to create disease prevention maps

first_img Facebook Share your voice Post a comment Tech Industry 0 Facebook is partnering with more than a dozen nonprofits and universities on this public health effort.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook wants to help public health organizations combat diseases by providing them with a valuable tool: a trio of maps that include data about where people live, how they move and if they have internet access.The social network used information from publicly available databases and from Facebook’s nearly 2.4 billion users to build these maps.”All of these maps, when combined with information from health systems, can improve the way organizations deliver supplies and respond to outbreaks,” said Laura McGorman and Alex Pompe, who work on Facebook’s Data for Good team, in a blog post published Monday. greater-london-mapThis map shows how people move between London and surrounding areas by day. Facebook One of the maps includes information about the number of people living in a particular area along with data about their age. Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, the social network used census information and satellite images to create a population map that Facebook says is three times more detailed than any source. The map has already helped the Red Cross decide how to spread out workers who are educating people about getting vaccinated for measles.Another map, which used data from Facebook users who allowed the social network to track their location, illustrated where people moved. That could help organizations combat contagious illnesses such as the flu that can be spread through human contact.The third map shows how much internet access is available in a particular area, giving organizations a better idea of whether they can reach someone through online messaging rather than a house visit.Facebook is partnering with more than a dozen nonprofits and universities on this public health effort, including UNICEF, the Harvard School of Public Health and Direct Relief. Tagslast_img read more

Read More »

Pollstime govt led by Hasina in Oct Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoRuling Awami League’s general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the poll-time government for the upcoming parliament election may be formed in October.“The size of the government will be smaller. But it’s completely under the prime minister’s jurisdiction…Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the chief of the election-time government,” he told a press conference held at his ministry.Quader said the government will take charge after the announcement of election schedule. The present government will take the charge of the poll-time government, but the size of the government will be small, he added.The AL general secretary said many political parties will take part in the next general elections. The election will be held at the right time whether BNP takes part or not, he said.“I can’t understand why BNP is expressing their confusion over taking part in the next parliament election while they are taking part in city corporation elections. Even they won in Cumilla city polls,” Quader said.last_img read more

Read More »

100 prisoners escape on Irmahit British island

first_imgA handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 12, 2017 shows the devastation of the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands on 11 September, 2017 following the passing of Hurricane Irma. Photo: AFPOver 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.“We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI),” junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament.“The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped,” he said.Duncan said Royal Marines were deployed to cope with the threat but did not disclose how many prisoners had been recovered or how many were still at large.“We have maintained and kept law and order on the BVI, which at one point, could have dramatically threatened the already unfortunate plight of those who had been hit by the hurricane,” he said.Contacted by AFP, the foreign ministry declined to comment.The Daily Telegraph said notes from a cabinet meeting that were leaked to the press on Tuesday suggested as many as 60 had yet to be recaptured.“We are working with St Lucia and BVI authorities to secure the transfer to St Lucia of 40 high-risk prisoners that have escaped in BVI,” the briefing notes were reported as saying.Duncan said a total of nine people died in British Caribbean territories—five in the BVI and four in Anguilla. The authorities had previously reported one person killed in Anguilla.Britain’s response to Irma has been criticised by some local inhabitants as too slow with some complaining about a breakdown of law and order and being left to fend for themselves.Briton Claudia Knight said her partner Leo Whitting, 38, was stranded on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands archipelago.“Everyone’s turned feral and no-one’s going out without being armed… It’s turning really nasty,” she told the Press Association news agency.“Leo carries a knife with him,” she said.But Duncan said he “wholeheartedly and comprehensively reject the criticism”.“I think they are unjustified,” he added.last_img read more

Read More »

Uturn of B Chys Jukta Front

first_imgBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Prothom Alo File PhotoAfter months of anti-government speeches and playing an active role in forming an opposition alliance, Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front did a somersault on Tuesday, making it clear they were likely to join polls under the ruling Awami League-led alliance. Mahi B Chowdhury, a top leader of Jukta Front and son of former president B Chowdhury, and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) leader MA Mannan held a meeting with AL general secretary Obaidul Quader at the Dhanmondi office of AL on the day where Mahi made his alliance’s stance clear. Mahi, however, said that they are not joining the AL-led 14-party alliance, rather they are opting to form a grand alliance under AL leadership. He also said they did not join the BNP-led alliance as the former refused to sever their ties with Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami. On 4 December last year, Badruddoza Chowdhury rolled out the political alliance named ‘Jukto Front’, comprising ASM Abdur Rab’s Jatiya Samajtantrik DAL-JSD, Abdul Kader Siddique’s Krishak Sramik Janata League and Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s ‘Nagorik Oikya’.At that time, Badruddoza said uniting the people on the demand for free and fair elections under a ‘neutral’ government would be their ‘first target’.After series of meetings spanning over months with Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum and some other political parties and alliances including main opposition BNP, Jukta Front was all set to be a part of the greater opposition alliance. ‘Jukta Front’ leader B Chowdhury also attended a citizens’ rally of ‘Jatiya Oikya Prokriya’ (National Unity Process) on 22 September which was also attended by Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. The rally unveiled their three-point demand, including the formation of a polls-time neutral government, reconstitution of the election commission and dissolution of parliament before the announcement of election schedule. However, the much talked about opposition alliance styled ‘Jatiya Oikya Front’ finally took a concrete shape based on their seven demands and eleven-point targets on 13 October without BDB chief B Chowdhury. Other components of Jukta Front joined the Oikya Front. B Chowdhury on that very day of formation of the alliance said they did not join the ‘Oikya Front’ as BNP did not give any clear announcement of severing ties with anti-liberation forces, and of balancing state power and politics.Since then, the talks of BDB’s joining hands with AL was looming in the political arena of the country, which was partly proven true by Mahi B Chowdhury’s meeting with the AL general secretary on Tuesday. Earlier, ‘Jukta Front’ held a dialogue with the Awami League-led alliance on 2 November at the prime minister’s Ganabhaban residence. They termed the dialogue fruitful.On 8 November, B Chowdhury alleged that the government has “breached” its promise to ensure a level playing field by not allowing them to go to Satkhira by helicopter to join a public rally.But things have changed now it seems.last_img read more

Read More »

Sri Lanka president removes top Rajapakse investigator

first_imgSri Lankan civil activists demonstrate amid an ongoing political crisis, as rain falls in Colombo on 19 November 2018. Sri Lanka’s parliament was adjourned after just five minutes on 19 November after opening for the first time since MPs brawled and threw objects at each other last week. Photo: AFPSri Lanka’s president ordered the removal of a police chief investigating alleged crimes by the family and associates of his preferred candidate for prime minister Mahinda Rajapakse, officials said Monday.The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since 26 October when president Maithripala Sirisena controversially sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former rival Rajapakse.Wickremesinghe insists he is still prime minister, leading to a constitutional deadlock in the Indian Ocean nation.In the latest twist in the ongoing crisis, chief inspector Nishantha Silva was transferred from the Criminal Investigation Department on Sunday as he pursued inquiries into the close family and allies of Rajapakse, an official told AFP.Since sacking Wickremesinghe, Sirisena has taken the police under his direct control.Silva investigated the killing of 11 children between 2008 and 2009 and had secured an arrest order last week against the country’s top military official when he was shifted on Sunday, an official said.“He was about to arrest admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne when his marching orders came,” a senior police official told AFP.“This is a serious blow to half a dozen high profile investigations.”Wijegunaratne has remained the chief of defence staff.Silva was also pursuing the killers of editor Lasantha Wickrematunga and investigating Rajapakse’s former defence secretary brother Gotabhaya, who is accused of defrauding the state.Gotabhaya Rajapakse was indicted in September on charges of siphoning off over $250,000 in state funds to build a memorial for his parents.Silva was also investigating an alleged corrupt aircraft purchase from Ukraine when Gotabhaya Rajapakse was in power between 2005 and 2015.Sacked PM Wickremesinghe has accused Rajapakse of seeking to grab power again in order to sabotage the court cases against his family and associates.In August, a special court charged Rajapakse’s chief of staff with embezzling millions of dollars from a state insurance firm.Rajapakse’s top civil servant, Lalith Weeratunga, was convicted of misappropriating $4 million and sentenced to three years in prison.Two of the former president’s three sons have also been charged with money-laundering and other relatives face corruption allegations.The former president was questioned in August over the 2008 abduction and torture of a journalist. He denies any wrongdoing and has accused the government of a witch-hunt.last_img read more

Read More »

The Resurrection of State Center

first_imgAfter emerging from a prolonged legal limbo supporters of the billion-dollar State Center Project still believe it could be transformative for the chronically struggling neighborhoods that surround it.Last week the Maryland Court of Appeals removed what had been an obstinate legal hurdle in the form of a lawsuit by a group of business owners – funded partly by Orioles owner Peter Angelos – which had prevented the $1.5 billion State Center Project from moving forward.The massive Midtown redevelopment of the state government office complex sprawled over 28 acres near Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, had been stalled since 2010 because plaintiffs claimed – among other things – developers had violated state procurement laws.The court’s ruling clears the way for the reboot of State Center and the promise of thousands of jobs over the next 10 years – many allegedly designated for neighborhood residents – starting with a $300 to $400 million project consisting of an underground parking garage, supermarket and retail spaces. But, no official timetable has been set for groundbreaking for phase one of the project.Caroline Moore of Ekistics LLC, the lead developer on the State Center Project said after years of being dormant she is ready to, “re-launch our team.”“Our team is very engaged they’ve gotten themselves back up to speed and we’re very quickly going to meet with the state to put together our critical path and start to plan out when we can (start) building this first phase,” Moore said.“We’re not caught flat-footed though we have been planning really since October…hoping that we would win preparing for the best,” she added.The delay may have helped community leaders – who have been an integral part of the State Center process since 2005 – to more fully prepare residents of surrounding West Baltimore neighborhoods to be full participants in what they hope is a transcendent development in their community for decades to come.“Residents that live in 21217 that live in 21201 and 21202, 50 percent of the jobs will be directed towards that community…,” said Rev. Alvin Hathaway, pastor of venerable Union Baptist Church on Druid Hill Avenue, a few blocks from the State Center campus.“When you take the aggregate total number of jobs over the life of the project, which is 10 years they are projecting that this will generate 9,000 jobs over that 10 year period. So, we’re talking in terms of residents in the local community having access to 4,500 of those jobs; it’s going to be a huge job creation opportunity for that community,” Hathaway added.He believes the group Community Churches for Community Development (Union Baptist is a member), along with the State Center Neighborhood Alliance (representing the nine neighborhoods connected to the project) has forged a strong working relationship with the State Center Project’s developers.They argue that relationship is the foundation of the so-called Economic Inclusion Plan, which was signed in 2011. The agreement – touted as the first of its kind for Baltimore City – allegedly assures a significant percentage of jobs and economic benefits for neighborhood residents first, city residents, second and state residents third.“I think it’s (Economic Inclusion Plan) our competitive advantage it’s our greatest asset it’s our defining moment,” Moore said. “Development isn’t about bricks and sticks and just about great architecture it’s about the spaces in between and the people that make it all possible,” she added.Against a dreary economic landscape, a major charge (and challenge) for community leaders like Hathaway has been to provide a viable workforce to fill the employment parameters they fought for as part of the Economic Inclusion Plan.“We have inventoried 2,500 residents that live in that community and in that inventory we know who is ready to go, who may need a little bit more support,” Hathaway said.“Now that we know that the project is going…when the hiring calls begin we know that these persons coming out of 21217 we can recommend for the apprenticeships and the labor jobs…So, there were glazers, people who had been connected to unions in some way, carpenters, plumbers, some had been steamfitters. So, we’ve got a skill base in that community,” he added.“We’re looking at the whole economic eco system and see how we can interact and be able to match people in our community for those different opportunities.We want this to be a transformative project for the residents, for the community and for the City of Baltimore and to be a model for the country.”last_img read more

Read More »

Pottermore Warner Bros Team Up for New Wizarding World Site

first_img Pottermore and Warner Bros. over the weekend announced a joint partnership to unite J.K. Rowling’s fantasy worlds under one online roof.The new Wizarding World Digital team—to be established under an incoming managing director—will oversee the Pottermore platform and sister site WizardingWorld.com.“We are very pleased to announce that fans … will soon be able to get closer to Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts than ever before,” according to a statement published to the website.AdChoices广告It has long been the intention of Rowling’s agent Neil Blair, who established Pottermore in 2012 to build an online presence for the popular series, to bring the rights holders together.“This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far,” Blair told The Bookseller. “There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available.”Pottermore’s quizzes, features, and news articles are expected to migrate to WizardingWorld.com on Wednesday.It is unclear whether the digital publisher will remain open, with continued access to e-books and Rowling’s exclusive writing. The transition will not result in any loss of jobs at Pottermore, nor affect the digital publishing arm, which remains on schedule.Subscribers can look for an owl email from Pottermore with more information.Announcements about new content and services will be made “in due course,” The Bookseller reported.“Lest we turn into Hagrid spilling secrets at the pub, we can’t say much more for now,” the Wizarding World site said. “But rest assured, you will be the first to know. So keep watching this space as our exciting digital journey continues. Magical things are coming your way.”More on Geek.com:New Harry Potter Lego Set Features Familiar Scenes, CharactersTake My Galleons: Vans Teases Harry Potter-Themed MerchRare First Edition ‘Harry Potter’ Book With Typos Sells for $90,000How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love ‘Harry Potter’ Again Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Read More »

5 Comics For Wrinkle In Time Fans To Dive Into

first_img Excited for the new A Wrinkle In Time movie? We are too! Ava Duvernay’s wickedly gorgeous film adapted from Madeleine L’engle’s novel with the same name has the potential to blow us and audiences away. It’s got us at Geek thinking about some cool comics for any and all fans of A Wrinkle in Time.These comics aren’t exactly like the movie. However, if you’re looking for adventures in time and space, cool lead characters, stories filled with friendship and wonder. You might want to look into these cool comics books to satisfy your love for the book and movies.The Backstagers Vol. 1(W): James Tynion IV (A): Rian Sygh (C): Walter Baiamonte, Brittany Peer (L): Jim CampbellWhen I think of A Wrinkle In Time, I think of the puzzling, exciting and wondrous world backstage with our favorite boys. James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh create a unique and extraordinary story about friendship and the power of being a team (also love, there’s a little bit of love in there too). The boys not only have to deal with some backstage mixtures of time and space. They also encounter strange creatures that roam the halls through mazes. Fantastic rooms are WAY more intricate than anything they can build. Super creepy entities from the past trying to escape and so much more. The Backstagers and A Wrinkle In Time present a fascinating portrayal of teamwork, delightful underdog characters, and adventure that will leave you mind-boggled and friendship that lasts a lifetime.Seconds(W/A): Bryan O’Malley, (DA): Jason Fischer (C): Nathan Fairbairn (L): Dustin HarbinThe first time I read Seconds, I described it to a friend as “A Wrinkle In Time meets Scott Pilgrim, but deeper than both of them combined.” Spoilers: I let her borrow it. She agreed with me. Bryan O’ Malley’s follow-up to the highly loved Scott Pilgrim creates a stunning, yet heartbreakingly triumphant narrative of a super talented, and a bit narcissistic, chef Katie. Katie tries to make everything in her life as perfect as she wants it to be. Or as she needs it to be. She often has recurring dreams of a woman, in modern clothes who sits on her dresser, watching her. Katie finds to make her life perfect she needs magic mushrooms from this mysterious woman, who turns out to be a House spirit. If you haven’t read Seconds, the description that I have will entirely make sense to you once you read this masterpiece.via Ballantine BooksA Wrinkle In Time: Graphic Novel(W/I): Hope LarsonI know, I know. This one is a bit of a cop-out. However, if you’re a Wrinkle In Time fan, you should check out Hope Larson’s beautiful adaptation of the classic story. She gives the story a fluid, yet delicate visual spin. A Wrinkle In Time has been adapted in so many ways. In our wonderous comic medium, it gives it new energy and vibe to what we read in the book. Filtering out the different visual lenses can be tough though, so Larson really makes this her own. This graphic novel feels like Larson’s love letter to the novel. It’s slow-burning, free-flowing and carries L’Engle’s language from words to astonishing art.Zojaqan(W): Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, (A): Nathan Gooden, (C): Vittorio Astone, (L): Dero BennettVault Comics carries some of the best and note-worthy comics we’ve been sleeping on. One of the coolest titles Vault has come out within their first slate of science fiction/fantasy comics is Zojagon. Created by Collin Lang and Jackson Lanzing with art by Nathan Gooden and stunningly gorgeous pastels by Vittorio Astone, this team creates a comic that a Wrinkle In Time fan will surely enjoy. This comic takes you on an emotional rollercoaster with high stakes adventure. Zojagon centers around Shannon Kind, a woman who has suffered from an unimaginable tragedy and lands in an unknown world called Zojagon. Why would a Wrinkle In Time fan love this? The emotional journey, the beautiful and brilliant alien landscape, a strong, robust POC lead character and a story that’s out of this world. Literally.via Vault ComicsHilda(W/I): Luke Person Here’s a book that was suggested to me after reading A Wrinkle in Time. My friend who’s a massive fan of A Wrinkle In Time said I should check out the books of Hilda. Hildafolk, created by Luke Pearson, is a collection of stories about a little girl named Hilda. She goes on misadventures into a mysterious and odd world right outside her tent, with magic and wonder to tie it all together. I fell in love with these books the moment I opened the pages. I would describe it as Over The Garden Wall meets A Wrinkle in Time. Not because of what’s in the book but because of the astonishing world-building and intensely cool characters. Luke Pearson weaves together a whimsical and charming story. It will not only touch you but makes you want to go on adventures as well. With the ever adorable Hilda guiding you into this world, you’ll never want to let go. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. 11 Female Directors Who Followed Their Own Rules11 Young Adult Novels That Are Surprisingly Mature For Their Age center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Read More »