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Former Test opener Jamshed banned for ten years over spot-fixing

first_imgLahore, Aug 17 (AFP) Pakistan cricket banned former Test opener Nasir Jamshed for ten years today on multiple charges of spot fixing, wrapping up a 16-month investigation into a wide-ranging scandal that rocked the Pakistan Super League. Jamshed, 28, is the sixth player to be banned following the scandal that tainted the Twenty20 tournament in only its second year, and was described by cricket authorities as its lynchpin. “Today’s decision against Jamshed wraps up the fixing saga and the tribunal has banned him for ten years on multiple charges,” said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi in footage shared by the PCB on Twitter. Spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport where a specific part of a game is fixed, unlike match-fixing, where the whole result is fixed. Jamshed was first banned for 12 months in December last year after he was found guilty of non-cooperation with the tribunal investigating allegations of spot-fixing. This year, he faced five further charges related to fixing, all of which were proven said Rizvi, who said it was “a matter of sadness that another player has spoiled his career.” Swashbuckling opener Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Nasir Jamshed have also been given bans of varying lengths. Regarded as a talented left-hander, Jamshed played two Tests, 48 one-day and 18 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. He hit three consecutive one-day hundreds against India in 2012. His career nosedived during the 2015 World Cup where he was found overweight and mocked at during fielding, managing just five runs in three matches.advertisement Jamshed and his lawyer Hasan Warraich had rejected the charges.Rizvi said Jamshed will not be allowed to hold any office even after the ban expires. “His name will be put on the list of avoided people,” he said. (AFP) AHAHlast_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro sells for Rs 12,999 in Mi Days Sale, should you buy it or wait for Redmi Note 7

first_imgXiaomi is selling some of its phones with big discounts in India for a few days in a sale on Flipkart that the company is calling it the Mi Days Sale. It’s a limited period sale. During the sale, popular Xiaomi phones like the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi 6, and the Poco F1 are selling with big discounts. All the offers are pretty great but the deal on the Redmi Note 6 Pro is the one that particularly stands out. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is selling at its lowest ever price of Rs 12,999.Now that is tempting. The problem, however, is the Redmi Note 7 that is supposed to be out in India fairly soon, or rather as early as the first half of February.Launched not so long ago, the Redmi Note 6 Pro is a great all-rounder phone available under Rs 15,000 in India right now. It is a powerhouse and its front and rear cameras capture quite nice pictures with spot on colours. Like almost all Redmi phones the Redmi Note 6 Pro also offers great battery backup. It is capable of easily lasting for a day or slightly more than that on single charge.At the launch price of Rs 13,999, the Redmi Note 6 Pro was already a good value for money phone. And now with Rs 1,000 price cut, the deals have become even better. But as the discounted price is a part of the Mi Days sale, the offer is a limited one. During the Mi Days sale the Redmi Note 6 is selling for a starting price of Rs 12,999. This price is for the base model that comes packed with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the top end model of the Redmi Note 6 Pro that packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is selling for Rs 14,999 after Rs 1,000 discount.advertisementIf you urgently want a good all-rounder phone under Rs 15,000, I think you can go for the Redmi Note 6 Pro right now. The Mi Days sale is live right now and will end on January 30. But, if you aren’t in a hurry, my suggestion is that you should wait for the Redmi Note 7 that is expected to hit the Indian stores in February. Xiaomi India has officially announced the coming of Redmi Note 7. And I expect the Redmi Note 7 to launch in India in the first half of February.Redmi Note 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 7: Why waitAs the successor to the Redmi Note 6, the Redmi Note 7 is an upgraded version of the predecessor in almost every aspect. And while it lacks Pro moniker, don’t let that worry you. Despite lacking Pro in its name, the Redmi Note 7 seems better than the Redmi Note 6 Pro in almost every way. Whether it is the camera, the hardware, the design, the Redmi Note 7 is a better phone in every manner possible. This is the first Redmi Note phone to sport a waterdrop style notch, slimmer bezels, and gradient finish design so it even looks slick. Until now most Redmi Note phones came with basic design, including the Redmi Note 6 Pro. In fact, in terms of overall design the Redmi Note 6 Pro is not very different from the Redmi Note 5. Especially from the back both the Redmi Note 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 Pro look the same.The Redmi Note 7 is seemingly as beautiful as it can get. The gradient finish on the back gives a premium touch to the phone.The main camera is another highlight of the Redmi Note 7. It’s not that the Note 6 Pro has shabby cameras. When launched, this was the first Redmi phone to come with dual-camera module on both front and rear. In my review I mentioned that the Redmi Note 6 Pro was a phone with one of the best cameras under Rs 20,000. But it looks like that the Redmi Note 7 will be even better. The Redmi Note 7 comes with a 48MP main camera, which uses a Samsung GM1 Isocell sensor. In other words, it may offer better low-light performance. There’s also a secondary 5MP camera for capturing portrait pictures. On the front the Redmi Note 7 includes a 13-megapixel camera which comes paired with lots of AI-based features.Then there is the processor. The Redmi Note 7 uses a faster 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU.And finally, the price. I expect that despite featuring improvements, the Redmi Note 7 is likely to cost less than what you pay for the Redmi 6 Pro or at least similar. In China, the Redmi Note 7 comes for a starting price of 999 yuan which roughly translates to Rs 10,500. In India too I expect the Redmi Note 7 to be priced around 12,000 or Rs 13,000, which is pretty close to the India price of the Redmi Note 6 Pro. So overall, the Redmi Note 7 is expected to be priced similar (almost) to the Redmi Note 6 Pro and it also offers better value. This is why waiting for this Redmi Note phone makes more sense if you aren’t looking to buy urgently and can wait for a few more weeks.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi trumps Samsung to become India’s No 1 smartphone brand in 2018ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go price revealed ahead of February launchALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi X with in-display fingerprint sensor launch teased for February 15last_img read more

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Fragile mood blights West Ham’s first return since ugly crowd scenes

first_imgSouthampton Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook West Ham United Share on Messenger David Sullivan Football violence Share on Twitter Karren Brady: ‘I’ve never walked away from anything – and I’m not going to start now’ Karren Brady features This is a relegation six-pointer with an unwelcome distraction. It is the 17th-placed team at home to the 18th, with two points separating the sides, and there will be as much focus on events in the stands as those on the pitch.It is a sad situation but there is no escaping reality for West Ham with the dust still settling after Burnley’s first goal resulted in five pitch invasions and hundreds of supporters gathering below the directors’ box to protest against David Gold and David Sullivan, the club’s owners, and Karren Brady, the vice-chairman.Sullivan was struck on his glasses by a coin and he and Gold had to leave their seats early. Almost 20 West Ham fans have been issued with lifetime suspensions for invading the pitch or throwing missiles, the club is facing punishment from the Football Association and the fallout even featured Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, rebuking Brady for claiming that cuts to the stadium’s security budget were responsible for the trouble.Stewards were overwhelmed and the toxic atmosphere raises the prospect of trouble flaring again, not least because Sullivan, Gold and Brady are expected to attend the game against Southampton and have indicated no desire to part with the club they led away from Upton Park two years ago.Brady and Khan met to discuss the stadium’s problems on Monday and the Safety Advisory Group, which features West Ham, the Metropolitan police, the London Legacy Development Corporation and the stadium operators, LS185, has agreed additional security measures for the game.Police will be inside and outside the ground, stewards will be positioned in the stands and by the pitch, free flow around the stadium will be reduced and West Ham have placed a barrier near the directors to stop fans getting too close. A female steward who suffered concussion in the crush below the directors’ box and a male steward who was left with a blood clot behind one eye after being assaulted are expected to return to work.The operation will add £60,000 to the security bill and will be covered by the taxpayer, although the safety enhancements are just as well given that the SAG has warned that further trouble will leave West Ham facing the prospect of playing future matches behind closed doors.“I want this club to appeal to really good international players,” said David Moyes, West Ham’s manager. “I want them to say ‘I want to join West Ham United’. I don’t think what happened against Burnley is going to make those players want to join us.”Moyes, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, says he would like to remain at West Ham. However, his decision is likely to depend on them staying in the Premier League. Uncertainty reigns. Victory will take West Ham five points above Southampton but it is telling that the visiting manager, Mark Hughes, has spoken about using the crowd against the home team.After all, the build-up to the Burnley game was overshadowed by Mark Walker, the head of the West Ham United Independent Supporters Association (WHUISA), becoming the target of an online campaign orchestrated by members of the Real West Ham Fans Group (RWHFG) after his organisation tried to resurrect a cancelled protest march.Walker held productive talks with Sullivan after the club were criticised by Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, for failing to condemn the abuse. Yet WHUISA will vote on Saturday on whether to march before the Manchester City game on 28 April, while there is intrigue over rumours of rival groups holding a “static protest” outside the stadium against Southampton.The mood is fragile and, although the players have sympathy with the supporters’ complaints, which have mainly focused on a perceived lack of investment in the transfer market since the move to Stratford, they are concerned more disruptions will harm their efforts to stay up. Five of West Ham’s final eight games are at home, with visits from Everton, both Manchester clubs and Stoke City still to come.The collapse against Burnley was alarming and Moyes, who has Arthur Masuaku available after the wing-back’s six-match ban for spitting, told the players during their recent mini-break in Miami that they must show strength of character if there are more protests.“They were shocked,” Moyes said. “We couldn’t understand it. We were only 1-0 down. If anything we needed the fans’ support. I can show you the stats that said as soon as the pitch invasions started the players dropped off physically.“We’ve said to the players if anything like this happens again we have to make sure we don’t drop off and that this time we rally round each other quickly because it looked like we just went to pieces.”Moyes is still getting to grips with West Ham’s politics, which is an unenviable task, and the week has been dominated by calls for unity from claret and blue heroes like Mark Noble and Sir Trevor Brooking.The problem for West Ham is that the strength of any truce is likely to depend on which team scores the first goal. Reuse this content Share via Email In different circumstances it would be possible simply to look forward to a day of huge significance at the bottom of the Premier League. If life at the London Stadium was that straightforward, however, they would not be fortifying security in front of the directors’ box and there would be no clamour for the trio running West Ham United to stay away from home games for the rest of the season.The future has arrived in less than glorious circumstances, humbling West Ham as they prepare to host Southampton on Saturday afternoon. The promised dream has turned into a nightmare in a soulless bowl. It has been three weeks since West Ham’s last game descended into chaos and it is hardly ideal they have spent that time working with the authorities to prevent a repeat of the ugly scenes that marred their 3-0 defeat against Burnley. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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OddsShark Computer Releases Score Prediction For Nebraska-Colorado

first_imgNebraska fans play football outside Memorial Stadium.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: People play ball before the game between the McNeese State Cowboys and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The Scott Frost era in Lincoln, Neb. begins this afternoon. It was supposed to start last week, of course, but Mother Nature had other plans. Storms forced Nebraska’s season-opening game against Akron to be cancelled.Nebraska and Colorado are set to meet today. It’s a fitting first game for Frost with the Huskers, considering it’s a pitting of former Big 12 rivals.The Huskers enter this afternoon’s game as a slight favorite. The sportsbooks list Nebraska as a 3-point favorite.What is OddsShark’s computer expecting?Here’s the score prediction for Nebraska-Colorado from the computer:Nebraska 18.2, Colorado 16.6OddsShark score prediction.Nebraska and Colorado are set to kick off at 3:3o p.m. E.T. today. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

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Les Algues acadiennes Ltée misent sur le succès

first_imgLes Algues acadiennes Ltée ne montrent aucun signe de ralentissement malgré le climat d’incertitude économique qui règne aujourd’hui à l’échelle mondiale. Pour répondre aux demandes grandissantes du marché, cette entreprise parfaitement intégrée du secteur des sciences biologiques doublera la capacité de son usine de transformation à Cornwallis dans le comté d’Annapolis. La Province, par l’entremise de Nova Scotia Business Inc., vient grossir la somme investie par cette entreprise fondée en Nouvelle-Écosse en lui accordant une remise pour les salaires jusqu’à concurrence de 270 000 $. Cette remise, échelonnée sur cinq ans, permettra à l’entreprise de conserver ses 75 employés à plein temps au moment où elle investit dans le développement de sa compétitivité. Le premier ministre, Rodney MacDonald, a fait cette annonce aujourd’hui, le 16 février, à Cornwallis, en compagnie du ministre des Services communautaires Chris d’Entremont, qui représentait le ministre du Développement économique et rural, Murray Scott, du président et chef de la direction de NSBI, Stephen Lund, et du président des Algues acadiennes Ltée, Jean-Paul Deveau. « Cette entreprise familiale fait partie du nombre grandissant d’entreprises qui gardent les emplois dans nos collectivités et qui créent de nouvelles occasions d’affaires en milieu rural, a déclaré le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. La Province et NSBI sont déterminées à établir des partenariats avec des entreprises comme Les Algues acadiennes pour investir intelligemment dans notre avenir. » L’agrandissement des installations, échelonnée sur une période de cinq ans, permettra d’augmenter la productivité et la capacité de créer de nouveaux produits. « Les Algues acadiennes s’appuient sur les forces de la Nouvelle-Écosse, c’est à-dire l’innovation en affaires, la créativité et la compétence des gens et les succès remportés sur les marchés d’exportation internationaux malgré la concurrence, a déclaré M. d’Entremont. Nous sommes fiers de travailler avec le président et chef de la direction des Algues acadiennes, M. Jean-Paul Deveau, et son équipe. » Les Algues acadiennes Ltée se spécialisent dans la fabrication assistée par la technologie d’engrais spéciaux et naturels, de nourriture pour le bétail, d’aliments, d’ingrédients pour l’alimentation et de produits pour l’industrie de la bière, tous dérivés d’espèces choisies de plantes marines. L’entreprise exporte ses produits dans 70 pays. « Les Algues acadiennes offrent des produits de qualité internationale, sans danger pour l’environnement, a affirmé M. Deveau. Ce créneau est encore très recherché malgré les incertitudes économiques qui existent sur la scène internationale aujourd’hui. Nous devons faire en sorte que nos clients continuent d’être approvisionnés et satisfaits. » Les conditions économiques actuelles, y compris les coûts de transport qui continuent d’augmenter et la valeur à la baisse du dollar canadien, font que de nombreux exportateurs doivent trouver de nouvelles façons d’améliorer la productivité et de réduire les coûts. Selon M. Lund, c’est tout à fait le bon temps d’investir dans notre avenir. Nous devons nous assurer que la Nouvelle-Écosse sera compétitive et gagnante quand le ralentissement économique prendra fin. Et elle le sera. « Il est essentiel que nous continuions d’investir dans notre population et d’appuyer des entreprises comme Les Algues acadiennes qui ne craignent pas d’aller de l’avant dans des temps difficiles. » – Stephen Lund Les Algues acadiennes Ltée sont le plus grand producteur indépendant de produits spéciaux dérivés des algues marines au monde. Avec plus de 40 ans d’expérience à son actif, l’entreprise est parfaitement intégrée. Ses opérations vont de la culture des plantes marines et de la récolte manuelle jusqu’à la production et au soutien à la clientèle en passant par l’élaboration du produit et de son usage. Le gouvernement et l’industrie ont souligné ses réalisations en technologie, en pratiques environnementales, en gestion et en exportation. Les Algues acadiennes Ltée figurent au palmarès des cinquante entreprises les mieux gérées du Canada. Nova Scotia Business Inc. est l’agence de développement des entreprises de la Nouvelle-Écosse dont la direction est assurée par le secteur privé. NSBI est la branche de la Province qui attire les investissements et qui aide les entreprises néo-écossaises à atteindre leur potentiel de croissance grâce aux services qu’elle offre en consultation, en développement de marché, en financement et en capital de risque.last_img read more

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Iman To Be Honored At 4th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala

first_imgSave the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, has announced that the 4th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala will honor supermodel and activist Iman; gamer, philanthropist and activist Bachir Boumaaza aka “Athene;” writer and Red Nose Day co-founder Richard Curtis; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner Toys”R”Us.The event will be hosted by Save the Children Artist Ambassador and Trustee Jennifer Garner, and will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at The Plaza hotel in New York City.Now in its fourth year, the Illumination Gala will benefit Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children will celebrate each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future:• The Voice Award for Iman, Supermodel, Activist and Founder of IMAN Cosmetics, who is being recognized for her enduring commitment to sharing the stories of the world’s most deprived children. While serving as Save the Children Artist Ambassador, Iman was tireless in her efforts to raise awareness for the 2011 food crisis in East Africa. By participating in the Fast-athon, using her jewelry line to raise emergency funds and calling on the international community to take action, Iman has given a voice to children who would otherwise go unheard.• The Next Generation Award for Bachir Boumaaza aka “Athene,” Gamer, Philanthropist and Activist, who is being recognized for inspiring young gamers to make a positive impact on the world. Athene has visited our programs in Southeast Asia and Africa to livestream from the field while generating media coverage, brand awareness and millions of dollars to support Save the Children programs. His GamingforGood volunteer team, platform and network have connected thousands of gamers and streamers to the organization’s work, and transformed the approach to reaching the next generation of donors and fundraisers.• The Advocate Award for Richard Curtis, Writer, Campaigner, and Red Nose Day Co-Founder, who is being recognized for pioneering the use of entertainment to drive positive change. As co-founder of Comic Relief, Curtis has devoted the last 30 years to achieving the vision of a just world, free from poverty. Through Red Nose Day and Sport Relief, he has helped direct billions of dollars and priceless public attention toward tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice – demonstrating his ability to make people laugh while also empowering them to take action.• The Visionary Award for Toys”R”Us, being accepted David Brandon, Chairman and CEO. The company is being recognized for its commitment to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need in the United States and around the world. Through the Play with Purpose campaign, Toys”R”Us leveraged its brand to spotlight early learning through play as a critical component of childhood development. Since 2005, Toys”R”Us has contributed more than $9 million to Save the Children’s emergency response and early childhood education programs, demonstrating the company’s commitment to children every day and in times of crisis.“We are thrilled to recognize such a diverse group of honorees who have done outstanding work with and on behalf of children around the world. We look forward to highlighting their important work and to celebrating their achievements. They have all committed their time and lent their voices to giving children a brighter future,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children president & CEO.Other notable guests expected to attend include Lisa Plepler, Chairman of ArtsConnection, Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, who will serve as honorary chairs of the 4th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala, as well as fashion designer and philanthropist Gabriela Hearst, and Mary Dillon, Save the Children Trustee and CEO of ULTA Beauty, who will serve as co-chairs of the event. Michiel Huisman, actor and Save the Children Celebrity Cabinet member, is also scheduled to attend.The gala will be presented by Johnson & Johnson. For more information, please visit read more

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CTV Partners with Netflix to Premiere Milestone SCTV Reunion Event Special to

first_imgAdvertisement This Sunday, May 13, the original SCTV cast members will gather in front of a live audience at Toronto’s iconic Elgin Theatre. Dubbed “An Afternoon With SCTV”, the taping features Jimmy Kimmel moderating a panel conversation, as the comedic actors recount their various experiences about the making of the influential and legendary series.“SCTV is a Canadian television classic that catapulted the careers of some of the biggest names known in comedy,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We are honoured to partner with Netflix as the official Canadian broadcaster of the comedy special, and look forward to Scorsese’s genius homage to a show that has such enduring legacy.”“It’s been a two-year, rumble-tumble journey to get us to this incredible live event,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer, The Second City. “Randy Lennox has been a passionate supporter from day one, and it’s thrilling that Netflix and Bell Media have come together to help us memorialize this historic moment in television history.”Dubbed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” SCTV aired for six seasons between 1976 to 1984, becoming a pop culture touchstone. With 13 EMMY AWARD® nominations, SCTV was one of the first television series to consistently skewer television itself, and chronicled the characters – both in front of and behind the camera – of a critically underfunded television station in Melonville.The SCTV reunion special is produced by longtime SCTV Producer Andrew Alexander of Second City Entertainment, Emma Tillinger Koskoff of Sikelia Productions and in partnership with John Brunton and Lindsay Cox of Insight Productions (THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, THE LAUNCH), and is directed by Martin Scorsese for Netflix and CTV.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CTV_TelevisionFacebook:  @CTV_Television Moderated by Jimmy Kimmel, “An Afternoon with SCTV” taping takes place Sunday, May 13 in front of a live audience at The Elgin Theatre in TorontoTORONTO (May 10, 2018) – CTV announced today it is joining Netflix to become the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of the upcoming, yet untitled, SCTV comedy special, which explores the enduring legacy of the iconic, EMMY® award-winning Canadian series SECOND CITY TELEVISION (SCTV). As previously announced, Academy Award®-winner Martin Scorsese directs and pays homage to the iconic Canadian sketch series that reunites past SCTV members Joe Flaherty, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Dave Thomas and, confirmed today, Rick Moranis.The reunion special is set to make its debut in 2019. Under the partnership, Netflix will premiere the title globally in all territories, with the exception of Canada, where it will premiere exclusively on CTV. Following CTV’s airing, the SCTV comedy special will be available exclusively on Netflix in Canada and worldwide. Login/Register With: (L-R) – Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Scorcese, Dave Thomas, Martin short, and Joe Flaherty About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Why women matter

first_imgMatters surrounding women: their safety, their existence, their identity, their prosperity, everything about them is an all-season ever-valid matter of debate and discussion. As much as this intellectual indulgence garners serious attention, there is little change we actually see on ground. Be it reservation for women in legislative bodies or their education or even the food they are provided to eat (or allowed to procure), the matter of women upliftment and gender sensitisation never go out of discourse. The representatives of people in positions of power put the matter of women on the backburner. But in a recent survey conducted extensively for young voters, the safety of women is the paramount issue for first-time voters. With the phenomenal advent of social media and the multitude of information from myriad corners of the country that are brought forth rather easily, awareness among young people of general things is nearly a given. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhile on one hand, there is patriarchy and all its resultant shortfalls, there is also a considerable section of well-informed and aware youth that realise the gravity of the pervading social malady. The Nirbhaya incident of December 2012 saw a massive public outrage against the precarious state of women in general and the appalling extent of laxity of security for them. The outrageous idea that it is the responsibility of women to safeguard themselves from being violated seems to have lessening takers now. There is growing awareness among young people, both men and women, that a female is an individual before everything else and deserves to be respected because of that. Even before a female is born, a pregnant woman mirrors the society she belongs to, whether conservative, ignorant or poor, or destitute, malnourished, well-fed, well-clothed, well-informed, and well-educated. The increasing awareness of these things will pave the way for a better and safer society for not just women and girls, but healthy and good individuals that will nurture humanity and the values that will bring about a progressive society. It is time we understand and acknowledge that women issues are everyone’s issues. And addressing and resolving these persisting issues will contribute to the well-being of everyone and the society as a whole.last_img read more

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Syria misses deadline to remove chemical weapons

first_imgA December 31 deadline to remove part of the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons arsenal from the country for destruction has been missed, with ships due to receive the materials returning to Cyprus.In Syria, meanwhile, a newspaper quoted government officials as saying invitations to a peace meeting in Switzerland next month had not been issued, blaming the delay on disarray among the country’s opposition groups.And in northern Aleppo, at least 10 people were killed when a regime tank shell slammed into a bus in Aleppo city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A Norwegian frigate and a Danish warship had been near the Syrian coast waiting to dock at the port in Latakia to escort chemical materials to Italy, ahead of their destruction at sea on a US ship.But the vessels returned to port in Cyprus on Monday night as it became clear that the removal mission would not go ahead as scheduled.Lars Hovtun, a spokesman for the Norwegian ship HNoMS Helge Ingstad gave no new date for the mission to escort the dangerous cargo out of Syria.“We are still on high alert to go into Syria,” he said. “We still don’t know exactly when the orders will come.”The international disarmament mission in Syria had acknowledged on Saturday it was “unlikely” the weapons could be transported to Latakia in time for the December 31 deadline set for the removal of key weapons components.But the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons remained positive on Tuesday, saying the overall plan to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal was on track.“An enormous amount of work has been accomplished in three months,” OPCW spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP.“Syria’s chemical arsenal has been completely neutralised, the chemical agents and chemical products are under international control, have been sealed… the effective dismantling of the production and filling plants is on course.”“All unfilled munitions have been destroyed, so even if the Syrians tried to get their hands on certain chemical products they wouldn’t have the weapons to use them,” Chartier said.“Their capacity to produce and use chemical weapons has been reduced to zero.”Chartier said the operation was still on track to meet a deadline to rid Syria of its chemical arsenal by mid-2014.“The most important deadline in our eyes is June 30, and nothing leads us to believe that it won’t be met,” he said.The failure to meet the December 31 deadline underlines the complexity of the task of disarming Syria of its chemical weapons in the middle of a bloody civil war.On Saturday, the UN and OPCW said the war, logistical problems, and bad weather had held up the transport of chemical agents to Latakia for pick-up.Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and turn over its arsenal for destruction in the wake of a devastating chemical weapons attack that prompted the United States to threaten military action against Damascus.The August 21 chemical attack, which the opposition and the United States blamed on the Syrian regime, is believed to have killed hundreds of people on the outskirts of Damascus.Syria’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi, addressing the parliament on Tuesday, said the government was complying with its obligations.“We were able to accomplish what was agreed upon, destroying the chemical production and mixing sites,” he said.“Now we have started collecting these materials so they can be transferred to the Syrian ports and taken to other places and destroyed within a timeframe that Syria has committed to.”On the diplomatic front, Syria’s Al-Watan newspaper quoted a foreign ministry source as saying invitations to the a peace conference scheduled for January 22 in the Swiss town of Montreux.The source said invites were to have been sent by December 28, and the delay was “the result of the floundering efforts to form a delegation representing the ‘opposition’.”The key opposition National Coalition has yet to officially announce it is attending the conference, and there are questions about whether staunch regime ally Iran will be invited.In Aleppo city meanwhile, the Observatory said 10 people, including two children, were killed when a regime tank shell hit a bus.The monitoring group said the toll could rise as many of those injured were in critical condition.last_img read more

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Algerian Sovereign Authority to Open Study into Reopening Land Borders with

Rabat – An Algerian “sovereign” authority is consulting with academics on the reopening of closed land border with Morocco.A source quoted by Independent Arabia is expecting “ progress”  in the discussion under “positive” indications from  Morocco.The Independent Arabia’s sources said that a sovereign authority started its consultations with academics and specialists to discuss the “most effective way to open land border” despite the “outstanding controversial issues” between both countries. Algeria has long supported the claims of the Polisario Front, which opposes Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over Western Sahara.The suggestions of the academics include the establishment of committees made up of several ministries from the two countriesIndependent Arabia recalled Morocco’s recent positive rhetoric “free of the language of rivalry between the two neighbors” amid the popular movement in Algeria.Morocco’s government, however,  had expressed its willingness to open a frank and serious dialogue before the popular movement emerged in Algeria.In a speech marking the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI called on the Algerian government to join a frank dialogue to break the stalemate between the two neighbors.“I should like to say today, in a very straightforward and responsible way, that Morocco stands ready for a direct and frank dialogue with our sister nation, Algeria, in order to settle the transient and objective differences impeding the development of relations between the two countries,” said King Mohammed VI in his November 6, 2018 speech.The King renewed his call once again on the eve of Throne Day on July 29.The monarch said that Morocco has reiterated its  commitment to the “policy of the outstretched hand towards our Agerian brothers, out of loyalty to the bonds of rooted in brotherhood, religion, language and good-neighborliness that have always existed between the peoples of the two sister nations.”Independent Arabia  also recalled how Moroccans celebrated the victory of Algeria during the 2019 African Cup of Nations in the borders“It was ended with an official letter from King Mohammed VI, who described Algeria’s win as Morocco’s coronation,” Independent Arabia wrote.In addition to the congratulatory letter, the monarch also expressed Morocco’s commitment to friendship, saying that it was shown through the “the sincere and spontaneous manifestations of friendliness and support expressed by Morocco – its King and its people – for the Algerian national football team at the African Cup of Nations held in our sister country, Egypt.”Algeria closed the border with Morocco in 1994 after Rabat imposed visa regulations on Algerian citizens. Rabat’s decision came following a terrorist attack on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech. read more

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International drug trafficking poses biggest threat to Sierra Leone UN warns

3 February 2009Although Sierra Leone continues to progress in consolidating peace six year after a devastating civil war, more remains to be done to make the achievements irreversible, with international drug trafficking posing a critical threat to stability in the impoverished West African country and the region at large, according to a United Nations report released today. “Illicit drug trafficking, a new phenomenon with huge potential for disrupting the security and socio-economic stability of the country, and indeed the region, has to be addressed before it takes root and poses even greater dangers,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the report to the Security Council, noting the increasing use of Sierra Leone for transhipment of drugs from South America to Europe.“Cocaine trafficking represents the biggest single threat to Sierra Leone, especially since drug trafficking tends to be accompanied by arms and human trafficking, corruption and the subversion of legitimate State institutions,” he adds.It is “critical” that the international community continue to support the country in combating the menace as well as in fighting sea piracy and supporting the overall process of peacebuilding, he stresses. Various UN agencies are currently helping the operations of the national drug interdiction forceThe report is the first since the October opening of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL), the latest in a series of UN missions over the past 10 years that have helped the country get back on its feet from a horrific 10-year war that killed tens of thousands of people and injured countless others, many of whom had their limbs amputated by rebel forces.In it, Mr. Ban charts the progress made and the challenges that still lie ahead, highlighting the need for all segments of the country, including the Government, political parties and civil society to work together to enhance national cohesion and political reconciliation and the urgency of making greater efforts to meet crucial socio-economic demands, including poor infrastructure and an extremely low revenue base.He stresses that urgent action is vital to combat youth unemployment, which remains “the most acute concern” in a country where the young constitute the largest proportion of the population, while calling on both the Government and the international community to ensure that the victims of the war receive the care and rehabilitation they need.On the plus side, he notes that the Government has made the fight against corruption a key element of its reform plan, with the help of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and that infant, child and maternal mortality rates have declined sharply, with support from the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Major security institutions have continued to improve, with UNIPSIL providing substantial input in developing appropriate policing standards, while armed forces reform has advanced. The country continued to register a consistent trend towards respect for civil and political rights, and for the first time in its history there appears to be a change of attitude about female genital mutilation, with some traditional chiefs pledging not to subject anyone under 18 to the practice.Meanwhile, overall economic performance has been mixed with gross domestic product growing at an encouraging 6 per cent in 2008, but economic risks in 2009 include a decline in official development assistance, the high cost of food and fuel, reduction in export revenues due to a slowdown in mining activities, and a decline in remittances from abroad due to the global recession.Sierra Leone is one of the first two countries, along with Burundi, to receive support from the UN Peacebuilding Commission, established in 2005 to help post-conflict countries avoid slipping back into chaos and to determine the priority areas for rebuilding out of the vast array of challenges they face.More than 90 per cent of the $35 million granted to Sierra Leone from the Peacebuilding Fund has been used on 14 projects ranging from anti-corruption, decentralization and local governance to the development of an independent national broadcasting service. read more

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NBA in deal to provide official data to sport bet operators

NEW YORK — The National Basketball Association has reached a deal to provide official league data to licensed sports betting providers.In a pact announced Wednesday morning, the NBA is partnering with Sportradar and Genius Sports to distribute NBA betting data to sports betting providers in the U.S.Sports leagues that once vehemently fought against the prospect of sports betting are increasingly seeking to get in on it now that it’s legal.On Tuesday, Major League Baseball partnered with MGM Resorts to become an official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan. MGM Resorts previously reached similar deals with the NBA, WNBA and NHL.FanDuel joined with the NHL and its New Jersey Devils franchise this month for sports betting and fantasy sports play.Wayne Parry, The Associated Press

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Oklahoma serves ultimate test before Big Ten slate

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) sets up to pass in the second quarter against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl at SunLife Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Clemson won, 37-17. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)In the era of the College Football Playoff, teams with a relative shot at the national championship see the importance of making a statement early in the season. Coach Urban Meyer and the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes have that opportunity on Saturday at No. 14 Oklahoma.This meeting marks just the third time, and the first since 1983, that the Buckeyes will play the Sooners. In his fifth year as OSU’s coach, Meyer faces off against Bob Stoops in his 18th season with Oklahoma. The two met in the 2008 BCS National Championship.Two prolific quarterbacks — Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford — and two sublime coaches created an atmosphere for a college football game that is rarely seen. Meyer’s Florida Gators won that game for his second national title in three years.In 2016, the same scenario remains. Two Heisman-caliber quarterbacks, the same coaches. Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, is a Herculean early-season showdown.In Week 1, Oklahoma played the Houston Cougars and former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman at NRG Stadium in Houston. By the final whistle, Oklahoma had an 0-1 record —  facing an uphill climb.OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said he and the Buckeyes know they will face a determined team.“We feel like they have their backs against the wall,” Hubbard said. “They’re a big time program just like us and they’re not going to roll over cause we’re Ohio State. We really got to prepare because they’re just as motivated as us, if not more.”Hubbard went on to say that the practices this week were intense, focusing on exact details that could be the difference.“I think what Oklahoma does a real good job is they pull off the gas, they put on the gas,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “They control the tempo but it’s not consistent. We just need to be ready all the time for mach speed.” One of the team’s first tasks is containing redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Finishing last season with 3,700 yards passing and 36 touchdowns, Mayfield is one of the favorites for the 2016 Heisman Trophy.Mayfield has the ability to create opportunities downfield by avoiding tacklers and scrambling outside of the pocket. Schiano said that he’s preparing for Mayfield the way he prepared for Hall-of-Fame quarterback Brett Favre when Schiano coached for the Chicago Bears.“I think what has occurred there over time is their offensive line and receivers know that he’s creative (when scrambling). They really work hard at finishing plays,” Schiano said. “We’re going to really have to maintain discipline in our pass rush lanes. Eye discipline is going to be key for our secondary.”Running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine present a challenge for the OSU defense. The dynamic duo has totaled 246 yards rushing on 36 carries with three total touchdowns through two weeks. Hubbard and redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis lead a rather inexperienced group into one of college football’s crystal palaces in the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Stadium.On the offensive side, Saturday’s gargantuan contest serves as an opportunity for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense to get back on track.Against Tulsa in Week 2, the offense fed off the momentum harnessed by the defense’s two first-half touchdowns. The Buckeyes had 151 first-half total yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson said he doesn’t expect another slow start in Week 3.“I know we have to establish the running game,” Wilson said. “Once the running game pops, then we can start throwing the ball.”Barrett is similar to Mayfield in style, but might have the advantage in the passing game. The Sooners’ defense has allowed an average of 296.5 yards passing in 2016.The OSU receiving corps continues to be a mystery as to who who will be the main target for Barrett, but wide receivers coach Zach Smith remains confident.“This is what we do all year round,” Smith said. “They’ll come in ready. They’re not going to come in overwhelmed. We’ve built up to this moment.”OSU asserting itself on all levels against a nationally recognizable opponent will firmly place Meyer’s team as a national contender. Improving to 3-0 leading into the nine-game Big Ten slate would be an indicator to Meyer that his young team has matured to a level he has desired since the beginning of fall camp.“This is going to be one of those prized fights,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be a big one.” read more

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Work Out Like Cap With Hayabusas New Marvel Line

first_img ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPGGeek Pick: Withings Move Is an Intro to Fitness Wearables Here’s a fun fact from me, your good friend who loves to ruin the things you love: You know that legendary scene in The Avengers where Nick Fury approaches Captain America in a grimy boxing gym? The scene where Cap is basically working through a powder keg of PTSD on a heavy bag, and then punches it clean off the hook? Man, what a great scene that is, but it’s immediately ruined if you know anything about boxing. Dude’s form is so bad, y’all. His stance is all wrong and his feet seem to be planted when he should be on his toes, moving way looser, and punching from his legs and hips, not shoulders.It’s fine. It’s a big, loud superhero movie, I’m not here to say it’s a bad movie because Chris Evans didn’t learn to move like Anthony Joshua before filming. Plus, everything turned out fine by the time Captain America: The Winter Soldier came around. The Russo Brothers are at their best when filming tight, close-quarters fight sequences and the martial arts on display in that movie are exceptional. Evans’ martial arts abilities had skyrocketed by then and he even takes on a villain (WHERE MY BATROC CREW AT?!) played by UFC legend (and recent retiree) Georges St. Pierre. St. Pierre is a legend of the Octagon and a longtime user of Hayabusa fight gear.Does this seem like it’s going nowhere? Don’t worry, I’m about to bring it full-circle like the LOST finale. This week, Hayabusa has announced a partnership with Marvel to create top-of-the-line fight gear inspired by some of the greatest superheroes in the world. St. Pierre, both a legendary fighter and an MCU alum is, appropriate, the spokesman for the line. The Marvel Hero Elite Series is now available for preorder.The best boxing gloves in any universe are here.Begin your origin story.Limited edition. Pre-order today.— Hayabusa (@hayabusacombat) February 19, 2019Hayabusa’s first wave of Marvel gear is largely glove-centric, featuring a number of new colorways and iterations of their current T3 model. First, a bit about the T3 (which is, for the record, my go-to glove for boxing and Muay Thai): these gloves are made from a synthetic leather and come in a variety of sizes. Their most notable feature is the double-wristlock strap system, which features two wrist straps that overlay to provide some of the best wrist support in the game. This is crucial and will pay off if you’re a longtime martial artist or if you’re just getting started and your wrists haven’t acclimated to hitting a heavy bag yet. The gloves are durable as heck and hold up great through bag work, mitt work, and sparring alike.The real draw here though is the different colorways. The first wave features gloves inspired by Captain America, Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and The Punisher. These aren’t subtle homages, either. The Cap gloves feature big, loud imprints of his classic shield while the Captain Marvel gloves feature the emblem made famous by Jamie McKelvie’s redesign of Carol Danvers’ costume. Black Panther’s look like a natural extension of his vibranium armor and each of the gloves on The Punisher’s feature half of his logo, forming the whole thing when you hold them together.Hayabusa Limited Edition Marvel Hero Elite Series Captain America Boxing Gloves (Photo Credit: Hayabusa)The line also features Brazilian jiu-jitsu Punisher gear, including rash guards, fight shorts, and a gi. There aren’t currently any other superheroes lined up for the BJJ category but I’ve got a feeling that’ll change if these do well — which they’re going to, by the way.These are some of the coolest boxing gloves and pieces of fight gear you’re likely to come across today. The price tag on the gloves may seem a bit high for those looking to get into training but personally, I’d advise that boxing gloves are meant to keep you from hurting yourself and the people around you. The T3 is absolutely worth the price tag alone and these happen to come with way cooler paint jobs than you’ll find in any other boxing line.Hayabusa Limited Edition Marvel Hero Elite Series Punisher Rash Guard (Photo Credit: Hayabusa)A big goal of the Hero Elite initiative is to encourage fans of the world of Marvel to begin their own “origin story” through fitness. I’m sure I don’t need to tell y’all that exercise and hitting the gym is the first step in a happier and healthier life and hey, personally, I’ll attest to boxing being one of the best forms of it. I’m no fitness savant — I’m a guy who spends most of his day at his desk writing about movies and comics. But boxing every week over the last couple of years has helped me mitigate stress and anxiety and gotten me in better shape than I’ve ever been. Plus it’s fun to watch MCU movies and now be able to recognize when certain disciplines or techniques are utilized (I yelped when Thanos threw a legit Muay Thai knee when fighting the Hulk in Infinity War). It is, sorry to utilize a cliche, the best way to feel like a superhero.That you can now feel like a superhero at boxing class and look the part too is incredibly rad. Don’t miss out on the Hayabusa Marvel Hero Elite Series.More on Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would WearBest Nerdy Fitness Gear to Rep Your Fandom at the Gym10 Best Geeky Sneakers of 2018 Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Commonwealth Youth Games – Team Bahamas Celebration Motorcade Through New Providence DH

Commonwealth Youth Games – Team Bahamas Celebration Motorcade Through New Providence DH

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 31, 2017 – Nassau – A number of members of Team Bahamas enjoyed a motorcade through parts of New Providence, on July 26, 2017, to celebrate their multi-medal-winning performance at the recent Commonwealth Youth Games that were held in The Bahamas, July 18-23.  The Bahamas won 13 medals, including one gold medal, and placed 16th in a field of 64 countries taking part in the event.(BIS Photos/Eric Rose) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

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CIPHR appoints Williams

CIPHR appoints Williams

first_imgUK HR software provider CIPHR has appointed Claire Williams as head of people.In her new role, Williams will oversee the development of the organisation’s HR function, with a specific focus on organisational culture, talent management and learning and development.Williams joined CIPHR in March 2018 as a senior HR systems consultant, leading a review into the organisation’s consultancy offering to clients. She will head up CIPHR’s strategic HR consultancy function alongside her role as head of people.Williams has more than 12 years’ experience in HR, both in-house and in consultancy roles, including at publisher Parragon Books and fine wine storage organisation Octavian. She also ran her own HR firm, Ten to Five Consultancy, for three years, and worked as a consultant at CitrusHR.last_img read more

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Miami dancer to take center stage on 13th season of SYTYCD

Miami dancer to take center stage on 13th season of SYTYCD

first_imgWhen it comes to criticizing these young dancers, Lythgoe said they can handle it. “These kids are so accustomed to competitions, it’s almost easier to judge them and give them quite harsh criticisms, too,” he said. “They take it really well.”Miami native Gaby Diaz, 19, won last year’s season. Camila said she watched every step of her journey and hopes she will also make South Florida proud this year. “I want to get far,” she said.The season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation” airs Monday at 8 p.m. on WSVN.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A 12-year-old ballroom dancer from Miami will be showing off her SoFlo moves when “So You Think You Can Dance” returns to FOX-TV, Monday night.There’s a twist on the hit show’s 13th season. A new generation of dancers will hit the stage, giving contestants ages 8 to 13 a chance to display their talents.Among them is South Florida resident Camila Schwarz, who flew to Los Angeles for the first audition and made it through. “I got a golden ticket, and I was so happy,” she said.Camila told 7News she knew she had to audition the second she heard she could qualify to appear on the televised dancing competition. “When I got the news that kids can try out now, I was like, ‘I have to do this. This can be a big dream,’” she said.Camila said the process was nerve-wracking, but she shook off the nerves. She was excited to impress returning judges Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo.The judges said the first audition already proves the competition will be tough. “Well, I can tell you right now, we’ve never put so many contestants through as we are today here in L.A.,” said Abdul. “It’s one after another, and it’s astonishing to see how well they’re being trained and disciplined in their dance styles. It’s incredible; we’re seeing amazing talent.”Derulo praised the dancers for their willingness to take criticism. “[I was impressed by] how well they take the notes,” he said. last_img read more

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ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

ACC to quiz BASIC Banks Bacchu Monday

first_imgBASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye BacchuThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will again interrogate former BASIC Bank chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu on Monday as he skipped the last quizzing on 9 May in connection with a case over embezzlement of the huge amount of money from the bank.Earlier, deputy director of the commission Shamsul Alam served a notice on him to be present to face the interrogation in connection with the embezzlement of a huge amount of money from the bank.ACC fixed the new date for interrogating BASIC Bank’s former chairman Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu as he skipped the interrogation on pretext of ailment, ACC’s public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.He added that Bacchu submitted an application seeking two-month time on the ground of illness but ACC only allowed a week.The central bank sent a report on the scam to the ACC on 14 July 2014 about the detail of embezzlement and found Bacchu’s illegal influence in all the activities of the bank.According to an inquiry of Bangladesh Bank, about Tk 45 billion was swindled out from Basic Bank during six years while Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachhu was serving the bank as its chairman.He resigned from the Bank on 4 July 2014, as the finance ministry sent a letter to Bangladesh Bank to dissolve the then board of the bank on 29 May 2014.The ACC filed 56 cases with three police stations in the capital accusing more than 100 individuals, including 26 bank officials, in September of 2015 while the commission filed another five cases last year. But, Bacchu was not made accused in any of the cases.Alongside, Sheikh Abdul Hye Bacchu skipped the interrogation of the ACC several times in various excuses.last_img read more

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Death toll in Malaysia landslide rises to 11

Death toll in Malaysia landslide rises to 11

first_imgRescues workers search for victims of a landslide at a construction site in Tanjung Bungah, a suburb of George Town. ReutersEleven foreign workers were killed in a landslide at a construction site in northwest Malaysia on Saturday, authorities said.Earlier estimates had put the George Town death toll at 14, but three workers had managed to escape, said Ervin Galen Teruki, deputy operations head of the Fire and Rescue Department in Penang state.A seventh body was found on Sunday morning.Fire officials earlier identified the victims as foreign workers from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan. The construction site supervisor, a Malaysian, remains missing.The landslide occurred on Saturday morning at a site where two 49-storey condominium towers are being built. The cause has yet to be determined.A stop-work order had been issued for the development, pending investigations, according to the Penang Island city council mayor Maimunah Mohammad Sharif.Several residential and commercial towers are still under construction in the area.Local media reported anger among residents and activists, some of who said they had previously protested against the increasing development of hillslopes around the area.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka monk found guilty of intimidation

Sri Lanka monk found guilty of intimidation

first_imgGalagodaatte GnanasaraA Sri Lanka court on Thursday found a radical Buddhist monk guilty of criminal intimidation, the first time the notorious extremist has faced the prospect of jail.Galagodaatte Gnanasara, who has been accused of hate crimes against Muslims, was convicted of two counts of harassing and intimidating a woman whose husband was abducted in 2010 by state forces.A magistrate in Homagama town released the firebrand monk on bail pending his sentencing on 14 June. Each count carries a maximum jail term of two years and an unspecified fine, or both.The court held that Gnanasar used abusive language and insulted Sandya Eknaligoda, whose cartoonist husband was abducted by military intelligence in 2010.Eknaligoda has campaigned to find out what happened to her husband, whose cartoons lampooned former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse.Several members of military intelligence were arrested in connection with his disappearance but all have since been released on bail.Gnanasar had accused Eknaligoda of supporting Tamil extremists and bringing the military into disrepute.”This is not a personal victory for me, but a vindication for many thousands who had suffered as a result of this monk’s behaviour,” Eknaligoda told AFP.Eknaligoda’s perseverance earned her an “Internal Women of Courage” award last year from US first lady Melania Trump.Saffron-robed Gnanasara was in court, but remained silent when the guilty verdict was read out. His spokesman told AFP the monk was not making any comment.The controversial priest was on the run for a month last year as police pursued him in connection with a string of hate attacks against Muslims.He later surrendered to police and was granted bail.Gnanasara’s Buddhist Force, or BBS, has denied allegations it was behind riots against Muslims in 2017 and 2014 that left four people dead.Gnanasara maintains close ties with Wirathu, an extremist monk in Mandalay, whose hate speech has galvanised religious tensions in Myanmar.Wirathu visited Sri Lanka as a guest of Gnanasara shortly after the 2014 violence in Sri Lanka’s tourist resort of Aluthgama.last_img read more

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