Banff to host Canadas first Cochon 555 competition

first_imgFive lucky and talented chefs from Alberta will get a chance to show their mastery of pork at a prestigious competition in Banff.It’s the first time the event, known as Cochon555, has come to Canada.Cochon is the brainchild of American chef Brady Lowe. It’s a celebration of heritage pork breeds and launched in 2008.Since then it’s become one of the signature events on the North American culinary calendar.“For Alberta to have it, for Banff to have it, and for us to be able to host it at the hotel, it’s a very big deal in the industry, for sure,” said J.W. Foster, Executive Chef at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.He says any chef worth their salt wants to be included.Among the others showing their stuff will be chefs Connie DeSousa and John Jackson from Charcut and Charbar and Matthias Fong of River Cafe in Calgary, Shelley Robinson of Banff Hospitality Collective and Randy Luft of the Rimrock Resort Hotel.The farmers are Malorie Aubé of Country Accent Heritage Breeds, Allan and Joanne Vanden Broek of Broek Pork Acres, Danny and Shannon Ruzicka of Nature’s Green Acres, Mark Lahoda and Antonio Matriz of Alberta Pork Company/Sunhaven Farms and Jessica and Chris Fasoli of Bear and the Flower Farm.You can get tickets to the April 28 event here: https://www.banfflakelouise.com/cochon555-ticketslast_img read more

Stephen Petrucci named as new School District 60 Superintendent

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The School District 60 Board of Trustees have elected Stephen Petrucci as the new School District Superintendent.Petrucci is taking over the role of Superintendent after Dave Sloan announced his retirement at a District Meeting in March.Petrucci says he is excited and honoured in having the Board of Trustees confidence in taking on this new position, adding that he is thankful for the leadership team that the Board has in place. “I’m really excited and honoured to work with the School District, with the Board of Trustees, and having their confidence to do the job and I’m really thankful for the leadership team that we have in place in the School District and I’m going to continue working with them towards our goals.”Petrucci, currently the Assistant Superintendent, will not be taking over the role as Superintendent until Sloan’s retirement in October. In the meantime, Petrucci will be working with Sloan during this transition period.Petrucci has been with the District for 25 years starting at North Peace Secondary School as a French Immersion Teacher, eventually working his way up to being positioned in the Board Office and becoming Assistant Superintendent in 2013.last_img read more

Police seize Rs 22 lakh during checking at Haldiram bus stand and

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police seized about Rs 22 lakh during naka checking at Lake Town on Monday night and on Tuesday afternoon at Haldiram bus stop. Three men and a woman were detained in connection with the Lake Town case and one person has been detained at the Haldiram bus stop.According to the police, on Monday night, around 10 pm police personnel from Lake Town police station were on naka checking duty. They were also checking if people were driving in an inebriated state. During the process, a few police personnel spotted a sedan bearing a Delhi registration number. On suspicion police stopped the car and questioned the driver. While talking with the driver and the passengers, police personnel felt they had consumed alcohol. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaImmediately, the driver was told to step out of the car. After conducted the alcohol test on the driver it was found that the alcohol level in his blood was above the permissible level, which is 30 milligram per 100 ml blood. Following the alcohol test, the officers asked the driver to open the boot of the car. The police found a few bags in the car boot. Cops immediately started checking the bags. During checking they found that the bags were stashed with money. All the four passengers, including the driver, have been detained. The car was taken to the Lake Town police station. The driver has been prosecuted under the 185 Motor vehicles (MV) Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter that all four of them were questioned about the source of the money. As they could not substantiate the source and destination along with purpose of the money, the money has been seized. The cash seized by the cops is about Rs 4 lakh. The driver was bailed out and other three were freed. On Tuesday afternoon, around 12:30pm, during naka checking police personnel intercepted a luxurious car. During the checking Rs 12.5 lakh was found inside the car. Immediately, the owner of the vehicle along with the car was taken to the Baguiati police station. Later during a thorough search Rs 5 lakh more were found from inside the car. The money has been seized along with the car. Later, police informed the returning officers of the concerned Lok Sabha constituency about the money. Sources informed that the returning officer may summon the carriers of the unaccounted money to submit an explanation. If the returning officer is satisfied with the reply then the money would be returned otherwise it will be confiscated.last_img read more

Jallianwala Bagh massacre centenary Rahul Amarinder pay floral tributes

first_imgAmritsar: Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh paid floral tributes at the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial here on Saturday to mark the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Gandhi, Singh, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, accompanied by some other Congress leaders, paid floral tributes at the memorial inside the Jallianwala Bagh in the morning. They also observed a two-minute silence to remember those who were massacred in the tragic incident on April 13, 1919. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi arrived at Amritsar late on Friday night. Upon his arrival, the Congress chief, accompanied by Singh, went straight to the Golden Temple here and paid obeisance. Singh and Punjab Governor V P Singh Badnore had also taken part in a candlelight march on the eve of the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on Friday evening as part of the various events organised by the Punjab government to mark the historic occasion. Singh had termed the tragic event as a heart-wrenching moment in India’s history. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving several dead and scores injured.last_img read more

HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Sept 2014 – The HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness this weekend welcomes Michael McGinty for a back to school workshop for teachers. McGinty, with a Master’s in Education is a specialist for detecting and working with autism… among the topics, creating an educational plan, interventions within traditional and special classrooms and instructional accommodations. The workshop is set for the Occasions Ballroom, Airport Hotel this Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. Related Items:HOPE foundation for Autism Awareness, michael mcginty Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Giggs slams Wales for poor display

first_imgWales manager Ryan Giggs has criticized his side for their complacency after they lost 1-0 to Albania on Tuesday.Wales end 2018 with back-to-back defeats as lost 1-0 to Albania in a friendly on Tuesday thanks to a controversial second-half penalty, and Giggs after the game admitted the players lacked concentration.“The performance was not good enough and the result was what we deserved,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“We controlled the first half and thought it was going to be easy. We should have won that game, we were in total control.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“But they let themselves down tonight. We go a goal down, we don’t play our own game, we are pumping the ball in their box.“Quite simply we turned up thinking we would win and thinking someone would get us out of trouble.“I have been in football long enough to smell when something is going to happen and I said that at half-time because players didn’t have that concentration tonight.”last_img read more

New Finance Magazine to Launch on Kindle

first_imgEXCLUSIVE Tribune Media Services will today launch its new Kindle-specific consumer and personal finance magazine, Cash: Personal Finance for Real People.Cash will be TMS’ third weekly to be distributed exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle, joining Opinionated, a social and political opinion magazine launched in March, and a collaboration with pop culture site Popmatters.com. The magazine will be published weekly on Mondays, with a cost of $.49 per issue and $1.49 for a monthly subscription. “Cash is a very timely new tool created to help American consumers evaluate their options for spending, saving and investing decisions they confront each day,” said Steve Tippie, TMS vice president of marketing and licensing and the magazine’s publisher. “To meet this need, we pull the best advice and information from dozens of sources to tailor a continually-updated handbook to being a smart consumer.”The magazine will draw material from financial experts and publications, including contributors U.S. News and World Report, Kiplinger’s Consumer News Service, Andrew Leckey’s Successful Investing, with its first issue available as a free trial download and subscription basis for Kindle customers.Since its release in 2007, Amazon’s Kindle device has sold more than a quarter of a million units, with texts that account for 10 percent of Amazon’s book sales. TMS must bank on current Kindle users for the release of Cash, since the Kindle is currently out of stock for 11 to 13 weeks over this holiday season, set to appear again in February 2009.last_img read more

Meghan Markle humiliates Kate Middleton in Chelsea Flower Show despite royal intervention

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England.Photo by Clive Mason/Getty ImagesFollowing the news of the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from Kensington Palace, there have been many reports that suggested that tension has developed between both the Duchesses.And going by the recent event, it is clearly evident that the two sisters-in-law are not on the same page. Both backed different gardens at the annual event. Kate has designed her own nature-themed garden, while the Duchess of Sussex and her husband Prince Harry opted to support an African-styled entry.Meghan’s entry looks at the ecological African culture and is already a firm favourite among gardeners. Julie Miller, who hosts ‘In the Limelight’ for Vanity Fair, said this put Kate’s in the shade. She further said, “If I was Kate I’d be humiliated they went down this route. I would be angry they hadn’t swapped notes before.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesKate’s garden features a treehouse, a waterfall, wild strawberries and a campfire where children can toast marshmallows. Elsewhere, Meghan’s garden features a breeze-block school house surrounded by crops that girls can learn to grow, such as peanuts and okra, as well as solar panels and smart irrigation system.Megan’s garden is run by Camfed, an organisation which is trying to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education and empowerment of girls and young women. Kensington Palace has already stopped Meghan and Harry from overshadowing Kate’s garden by forbidding Camfed to use a photograph of Harry for the publicity of the garden.As a royal biographer, Sally Befell Smith puts the character of the two duchesses by comparing their gardens. “They’re two very, very different women, with different backgrounds, different interests, temperaments, and personalities.”last_img read more

BSE closes points 17835 up on Feb 11

first_imgBSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 178.35 up on Feb 112.2K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 178.35 points up to stand at 28,533.97. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 61.85 points up to stand at 8,627.40. FORTIS and NCC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 19.97% along with PIPAVAV DOC and HCC with an increase of 15.96% and 11.74% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include SRF and PMCFIN with a decrease of 5.50% and 4.94% along with SADBHAV ENGINEERING LTD. and MUTHOOT FINANCE LTD. with a decrease of 4.63% and 3.04% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 152.22 points at 19,097.69 while the banking sector is up 225.47 points at 21,689.54 and the reality sector is up 12.80 points at 1,715.53. The Indian currency is up 0.08% at Rs 62.23 per dollar.last_img read more

Karnataka SSLC Results 2019 Amused Twitterati ask how Haasan Ramanagara topped chart

first_img22Kodugu78.8180.68 (18)77.09 (9)78.93 (18)86.90 (18) 7Managaluru86.7385.56 (4)82.39 (2)88.01 (3)89.35 (8) Hassan first in #SSLCResult2019How?????Kids:students and teachers effortsMens:Rohini sinduri mam planLegends: Revanna Anna nimbus effect#SSLC #SSLCResult2019 Hassan from 7th place to 1st place Ramnagar from 17th place to 2nd place. Not only me, everyone are shocked seeing this. Looks Suspicious !! ಏನಲೇ ಪಾ ಇತರಾಗು ಪೋಲಿಟಿಕ್ಸ್?? Karnataka #SSLCResult2019 6Chitradurga87.4680.85 (16)72.64 (19)73.19 (29)85.95 (19) 27Bagalkote75.2872.70 (25)64.53 (33)85.71 (7)77.20 (30) 25Vijayapura77.3683.23 (9)72.23 (20)70.57 (31)75.70 (31) 16Kopal80.4580.43 (19)76.05 (11)75.92 (26)71.91 (33) 33Raichur65.3368.89 (29)69.69 (30)82.19 (11)87.03 (17) 5Udupi87.9788.18 (1)84.23 (1)89.52 (2)93.37 (1) 20Chikkaballapur79.6968.20 (31)70.13 (28)80.92 (14)82.58 (27) RankDistrict20192018201720162015 12Sirsi84.6778.06 (21)80.09 (4)85.24 (9)91.52 (4) 15Chamrajanagar80.5874.46 (24)75.66 (12)75.59 (27)89.04 (11) 4Uttara Kannada88.1288.12 (2)79.82 (5)87.84 (4)92.87 (3) 9Davanagere85.9481.56 (15)75.33 (14)78.43 (19)87.15 (16) Sudeep shetty‏ @sudeeps58085243 34Yadgiri53.9535.54 (34)74.84 (16)68.57 (32)85.06 (22) 18Tumkur79.9282.97 (10)68.15 (32)76.10 (23)88.96 (12) 19Haveri79.7576.76 (23)70.46 (26)74.55 (28)85.59 (21) Rahul‏ @Raul98126235 CM of #Karnataka is from #Hassan, so that district topped the state….!! Currently he is an MLA from #Ramanagara , so that district topped second! Hence, Where there is Kumaranna, that place emerge at the top of table! #hdk #stateresult #SSLCResult2019 #SSLCResults2019 #sslc 2Ramanagara88.4980.78 (17)78.55 (6)81.74 (12)89.62 (7) 14Chikkamagaluru82.7672.47 (26)74.40 (18)86.29 (5)83.91 (26)center_img 24Belagavi77.4384.77 (6)71.20 (25)81.09 (13)87.39 (14) Hassan and Ramanagara dist as toppers. This shows this CM has not even left the education system clean. Corruption in ever corner. Mr CM dont play politics on SSLC Results. Never expected CM can utilize his powers to this level. Shame on u CM 26Bang North76.2177.37 (22)71.44 (24)80.52 (15)84.90 (23) 1Haasan89.3384.68 (7)69.58 (31)75.94 (24)87.21 (15) 32Bang South68.8372.03 (27)69.92 (29)72.80 (30)78.50 (29) Indudhar haleangadi @Amchi_dosth Sunil Bariyanda‏ @Sunil_Bariyanda 31Gadag74.0567.52 (32)75.62 (13)64.09 (33)66.74 (34) 3Bang Rural88.3482.17 (14)77.03 (10)89.63 (1)91.10 (5) 17Mysore80.3282.90 (11)72.03 (21)85.56 (8)89.13 (10) 11Madhugiri84.8185.55 (5)71.84 (22)80.25 (16)88.12 (13) Rahul Bekanalakar‏ @RahulMurgod Hassan 1st.. Ramnagara 2nd something fishy #SSLCResult2019 29Bidar74.9660.71 (33)62.20 (34)75.93 (25)80.24 (28) 21Shivamogga79.1378.75 (20)75.07 (15)77.57 (22)85.71 (20) 23Bellari77.9882.73 (12)74.65 (17)56.68 (34)84.70 (24) 8Kolar86.7183.34 (8)78.51 (7)78.19 (20)89.20 (9) Durga Ramdas Kateel‏ @durgaramdas Karnataka SSLC Result 2019 results declared [Representative Image]NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty ImagesKarnataka SSLC results are out and Haasan and Ramanagar have landed in the first and second places in 2019 district-wise ranking list. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy hails from Haasan district and was elected as the MLA from Ramanagara constituency. His connection with both the areas has fuelled rumours on social media.Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) had conducted the SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examinations in March and April and 8.41 lakh students had appeared for the class 10 exams. On Tuesday, the board declared its results and the total pass percentage stood at 73.70.The pass percentage of the SSLC in 2018 was 71.93. Many people across the state are happy with this increase in class 10 results. But what has surprised some is the top spots in the district-wise rankings of pass percentages.Haasan and Ramanagara, which never made it to the top five ranks, have landed in first and second spots in the district-wise rankings of SSLC results this year. This development has amused some social media users, who feel something fishy about the ranks and CM Kumaraswamy’s link.Some took to Twitter to express their doubts and concerns. Scroll down to read some Twitter comments.Here is the table detailing the SSLC pass percentage and (ranks) of various districts in the last five years.RankRankDistrictDistrict2019201920182018201720172016201620152015Rank1DistrictHaasan201989.33201884.68 (7)201769.58 (31)201675.94 (24)201587.21 (15)Rank2DistrictRamanagara201988.49201880.78 (17)201778.55 (6)201681.74 (12)201589.62 (7)Rank3DistrictBang Rural201988.34201882.17 (14)201777.03 (10)201689.63 (1)201591.10 (5)Rank4DistrictUttara Kannada201988.12201888.12 (2)201779.82 (5)201687.84 (4)201592.87 (3)Rank5DistrictUdupi201987.97201888.18 (1)201784.23 (1)201689.52 (2)201593.37 (1)Rank6DistrictChitradurga201987.46201880.85 (16)201772.64 (19)201673.19 (29)201585.95 (19)Rank7DistrictManagaluru201986.73201885.56 (4)201782.39 (2)201688.01 (3)201589.35 (8)Rank8DistrictKolar201986.71201883.34 (8)201778.51 (7)201678.19 (20)201589.20 (9)Rank9DistrictDavanagere201985.94201881.56 (15)201775.33 (14)201678.43 (19)201587.15 (16)Rank10DistrictMandya201985.65201871.57 (28)201771.73 (23)201677.98 (21)201589.78 (6)Rank11DistrictMadhugiri201984.81201885.55 (5)201771.84 (22)201680.25 (16)201588.12 (13)Rank12DistrictSirsi201984.67201878.06 (21)201780.09 (4)201685.24 (9)201591.52 (4)Rank13DistrictChikkodi201984.09201887.01 (3)201780.47 (3)201686.00 (6)201593.32 (2)Rank14DistrictChikkamagaluru201982.76201872.47 (26)201774.40 (18)201686.29 (5)201583.91 (26)Rank15DistrictChamrajanagar201980.58201874.46 (24)201775.66 (12)201675.59 (27)201589.04 (11)Rank16DistrictKopal201980.45201880.43 (19)201776.05 (11)201675.92 (26)201571.91 (33)Rank17DistrictMysore201980.32201882.90 (11)201772.03 (21)201685.56 (8)201589.13 (10)Rank18DistrictTumkur201979.92201882.97 (10)201768.15 (32)201676.10 (23)201588.96 (12)Rank19DistrictHaveri201979.75201876.76 (23)201770.46 (26)201674.55 (28)201585.59 (21)Rank20DistrictChikkaballapur201979.69201868.20 (31)201770.13 (28)201680.92 (14)201582.58 (27)Rank21DistrictShivamogga201979.13201878.75 (20)201775.07 (15)201677.57 (22)201585.71 (20)Rank22DistrictKodugu201978.81201880.68 (18)201777.09 (9)201678.93 (18)201586.90 (18)Rank23DistrictBellari201977.98201882.73 (12)201774.65 (17)201656.68 (34)201584.70 (24)Rank24DistrictBelagavi201977.43201884.77 (6)201771.20 (25)201681.09 (13)201587.39 (14)Rank25DistrictVijayapura201977.36201883.23 (9)201772.23 (20)201670.57 (31)201575.70 (31)Rank26DistrictBang North201976.21201877.37 (22)201771.44 (24)201680.52 (15)201584.90 (23)Rank27DistrictBagalkote201975.28201872.70 (25)201764.53 (33)201685.71 (7)201577.20 (30)Rank28DistrictDharwad201975.04201882.21 (13)201777.29 (8)201685.71 (10)201584.54 (25)Rank29DistrictBidar201974.96201860.71 (33)201762.20 (34)201675.93 (25)201580.24 (28)Rank30DistrictKalaburgi201974.65201868.65 (30)201770.24 (27)201679.02 (17)201574.97 (32)Rank31DistrictGadag201974.05201867.52 (32)201775.62 (13)201664.09 (33)201566.74 (34)Rank32DistrictBang South201968.83201872.03 (27)201769.92 (29)201672.80 (30)201578.50 (29)Rank33DistrictRaichur201965.33201868.89 (29)201769.69 (30)201682.19 (11)201587.03 (17)Rank34DistrictYadgiri201953.95201835.54 (34)201774.84 (16)201668.57 (32)201585.06 (22) 30Kalaburgi74.6568.65 (30)70.24 (27)79.02 (17)74.97 (32) 10Mandya85.6571.57 (28)71.73 (23)77.98 (21)89.78 (6) 13Chikkodi84.0987.01 (3)80.47 (3)86.00 (6)93.32 (2) 28Dharwad75.0482.21 (13)77.29 (8)85.71 (10)84.54 (25)last_img read more

12 more killed in alleged gunfights toll crosses 100

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationTwelve more suspected drug traders were killed in reported gunfights with members of law enforcement agencies early Monday as anti-narcotics crackdown continues across the country.Of them, two were killed in Cumilla and Pirojpur respectively and one each in Dhaka, Natore, Pabna and Chandpur.Besides, two drug traders in Satkhira and one each in Jhenaidah and Munshiganj were killed in reported gunfights between two groups of drug traders.According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, a total of 105 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since 12 May.Read more: ‘No innocent person killed in gunfights’In Cumilla, two suspected drug traders were killed in separate incidents of gunfights in Sadar Dakhshin and Debidwar upazilas early in the morning.Enamul Haque Dolon, 35, son of late Abdullah Bhuiyan aka Babul Miah of Bhinglabari area, and accused in 12 drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Bhinglabari Beribadh area of Debidwar upazila.Police recovered 10kg hemp, 100 yaba tablets, one pipe gun and a cartridge from the spot.Besides, Nuru Miah, 55, son of late Abdul Ohab of Kalikapur area of Sadar Dakhshin upazila, and accused in 13 drug cases, was killed in another gunfight with police in Goliyarai area.Read more: ‘Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue’Police recovered 40kg hemp, one pistol and bullet from the spot.Three policemen were injured.In Pirojpur, a suspected drug trader, Wahiduzzaman Ohid, 50, from Nesarabad upazila, accused in eight drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Kourikhara village of Sadar upazila around 2:00am.GM Abul Kalam Azad, additional superintendent of Pirojpur police, said that police recovered one pipe gun, 175 yaba tablets, 50gm hemp and four cartridges from the spot.Read more: NHRC worried at ‘gunfight’ killingsBesides, Mizanur Rahman, 35, an accused in six cases, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Gotichara village of Mathbaria upazila around 1:30am.Police recovered 2kg hemp, 50 yaba tablets and four sharp weapons from the spot, said Mostafa Swapan, additional superintendent of Mathbaria.Three policemen were also injured in the incident.In Dhaka, an unidentified drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Detective Branch (DB) of police in Mirpur area of the capital.Read more: Fakhrul fears if anti-drug drive to be used to eliminate oppositionThe DB team recovered a pistol and five thousand yaba tablets from the spot, said SI Mizan of Rupnagar.In Natore, a suspected drug trader, Khalekuddin, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Baghnagarkandi in Singra upazila around 2:00am.Police recovered several drugs, one pistol and some bullets from the spot.Read more: ‘Drug dealers in parliament itself’Two RAB men were injured in the incident.In Satkhira, police recovered bullet-ridden bodies of two suspected drug traders from Bankal-Agunpur area at Alipur union in Sadar upazila around 7:00am.One of the deceased was identified as Khalilur Rahman Puti, 35, son of Azgar Ali, of Bhomra village.Prabir Kumar Das, sub-inspector of Sadar police station, said that on information, a team of police recovered the bodies from the area.They also recovered a one shooter gun, one bullet, a bottle of liquor and 105 bottles of Phensidyl.Read more: Law enforcers use firearms in self-defence: Home ministerThe SI said the drug traders might have been killed in a gunfight between two groups of drug traders over sharing drug money.In Jhenaidah, Farid, 27, son of late Mohammad Aliof Paglakanai in the district town, and also an accused in nine drug cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two groups of drug traders at Jar village around 1:00am.Emdadul Haque Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said on information about a gunfight between the groups, a petrol team reached the spot.Sensing the presence of law enforcers, the drug traders fled the scene.Later, police recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot.Besides, police recovered a foreign pistol and 20 bottles of Phensidyl.In Pabna, Ejjat Ali Pramanik, 28, an accused in 14 cases, including that of murder, robbery, abduction and extortion, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Teghori Mahalla in Bera municipal area around 1:30am.Zihadul Kabir, superintendent of Pabna police, said police recovered a local shutter gun, four bullets and some drugs from the spot.Five policemen were injured in the incident.In Chandpur, a suspected drug trader, Abu Sayeed Badsha aka Lal Badsha, 45, son of Absur Rashid, of Purba Gobindopur village in Faridganj upazila was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Boichatoli around 2:00am.Shah Alam, officer-in-charge of Faridganj police station, said police recovered 111 yaba tablets, a one-barrel pistol, three crude bombs and four bullets from the spot adding that Badsha was an accused in 10 cases with different police stations.Four policemen were injured in the gunfight.In Munshiganj, Sumon Biswas aka Kana Sumon, 36, son of Babul Biswas, an accused in 25 cases, was killed in a reported gunfight between two group of drug traders at Murma village in Sadar upazila around 2:30am, said Gazi Salauddin, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.The law enforcement’s version of these events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

Myanmar policeman detained over Rohingya abuse video

first_imgRohingya refugees sit as they wait to enter the Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, November 21, 2016. ReutersMyanmar said Monday it has detained several police officers over a video shot by a fellow policeman that shows them beating Rohingya civilians, a rare admission of abuse against the Muslim minority.Tens of thousands of people from the persecuted ethnic group—loathed by many of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority—have fled a military operation in Rakhine state, launched after attacks on police posts in October.Neighbouring Bangladesh says some 50,000 Rohingya have crossed its border over the past two months. Many have brought harrowing accounts of rape, murder and arson at the hands of Myanmar’s army or police.Dozens of videos have emerged apparently showing abuses against Rohingya, but this is the first time the government has said it will take action over them.The refugees’ stories have raised global alarm and galvanised protests against Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused of not doing enough to help the Rohingya.Her government has said troops are hunting militants behind the deadly raids on police border posts, denying claims of atrocities with a flurry of public statements.However on Monday authorities pledged to take action “against police who allegedly beat villagers during area clearance operations on 5 November in Kotankauk village”.Suu Kyi’s office named four officers involved in the operation including constable Zaw Myo Htike, who looks nonchalantly into the camera smoking as he records the video.“Those who (were) initially identified were detained,” it said in a statement. “Further investigations are being carried out to expose other police officers who beat villagers in the operation.”‘Sadistic cinema verite’ -The footage shows police hitting a young boy around the head as he walks to where dozens of villagers are lined up in rows seated on the ground, hands behind their heads.Three officers in uniform then start attacking one of the sitting men, beating him with a stick and kicking him repeatedly in the face.A Rohingya activist contacted by AFP said the footage had been verified by a refugee from the nearby camp, Shilkhali.Analyst David Mathieson said the video “brings into sharp question the government’s denials of security forces abuses in Rakhine since October, when here is sadistic cinema verite of how they are treating the local Muslim population”.Around 600 people have been detained since the start of the military operation, according to state media, including six who died in police custody in largely unexplained circumstances.Matthew Smith, chief executive of Fortify Rights, said the video adds to a growing body of evidence of widespread abuse by security forces.“Unfortunately the scene this video depicts isn’t unique or an isolated event,” he said. “Impunity still rules the day in Rakhine state.”Myanmar has long discriminated against the stateless Rohingya, whom rights groups say are among the most persecuted peoples in the world.More than 120,000 have been trapped in squalid displacement camps since violence erupted in 2012 in Rakhine, where they are denied citizenship, access to health care and education.Over a dozen Nobel laureates wrote to the UN Security Council last week urging action to stop the “human tragedy amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” in northern Rakhine.Under Myanmar’s junta-era constitution Suu Kyi’s civilian administration has limited power over the army, which maintains control of the defence, home and border ministries.last_img read more

With Charges Dropped Against Some Parents Who Crossed The Border With Families

first_img Share Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneMarchers head towards the tent city at Tornillo Port of Entry to protest the tent city erected there to house children separated from their parents at the border.The Trump administration insists it’s still prosecuting everyone who crosses the border illegally. But in one of Texas’ busiest border districts, federal prosecutors have dropped charges against some immigrants who entered the United States with their children — raising questions about whether President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy effectively remains in place.In an executive order Wednesday ending the separation of families at the border, Trump declared that migrant families should be detained together by the Department of Homeland Security while parents await prosecution, instead of parents being sent to jails and children sent to shelters. But doing that requires overcoming exceedingly difficult legal and logistical challenges — so “there is a necessary transition that will need to occur,” said Daryl Fields, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Texas, which covers hundreds of miles of the Texas-Mexico border, including El Paso and Del Rio.“As part of that transition, the office today dismissed certain cases that were pending when the President issued the order,” Fields said Thursday night.In the chaos wrought by Trump’s order, it’s not clear exactly how many cases have been dismissed or who has ordered their dismissal — U.S. attorneys take their cues directly from the federal U.S. Department of Justice, which had ordered them to prosecute all illegal crossings “to the extent practicable.” Many attorneys representing migrants say they don’t know. And federal officials have given conflicting information.Maureen Scott Franco, who heads the federal public defender’s office in the Western District of Texas, wrote to her colleagues Thursday that charges have been or will be dropped against all immigrants who were separated from their children.Franco said in an interview later Thursday she was told by the U.S. attorney in the district that there weren’t suitable facilities to hold the migrant families, so some cases were being dismissed “if the case involved a family having to be separated.” The federal government has three detention centers that hold families, and those were reportedly already  near capacity weeks ago. As federal prosecutors consider options for housing families legally, Franco said, “everything is on hold.”On Thursday, Fields seemed to confirm that, telling NBC News that charges would be dismissed against all immigrants who did not have serious criminal histories. But later, he retracted that statement, instead saying only that his office dismissed “certain cases.”Franco said she expects no further charges will be filed against immigrants crossing with their families until the government solves its facilities challenge.That would be a sharp departure from the Trump administration’s insistence that everyone who crosses the border illegally is still being prosecuted. U.S. Customs and Border Protection told The Washington Post Thursday it would stop sending families to federal prosecutors. The Department of Justice did not return a request for comment Friday morning.Dropping charges puts a “major dent” in the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, said Carlos Spector, an immigration attorney in El Paso.But even without criminal charges, Spector said, families are likely to be held for long stretches of time in immigration detention centers as they contend with the civil portion of their immigration cases.Spector said he wasn’t sure how far the policy had spread, but added, “I can’t imagine it just being here. Ground zero for ‘zero tolerance’ is El Paso. So if they lifted it here it makes no sense to have it anywhere else.”It’s not clear whether charges against migrant parents have been dropped in the Southern District of Texas, the state’s other major border region, which includes ports of entry from Laredo down to Brownsville.On Friday, 61 immigrants appeared in a McAllen courthouse to be arraigned on illegal entry charges, according to Marjorie Meyers, the top federal public defender in the region. None of them had crossed the border with children.And on Thursday morning, 17 immigrants who were separated from their children had been brought to the same McAllen courthouse on allegations of illegal entry. But minutes before the judge arrived, their cases were removed from the docket and they were not charged, according to the Texas Civil Rights Project, whose lawyers were on hand for the proceedings.Meyers confirmed that the 17 immigrants who were taken off the judge’s schedule had been deemed “heads of household,” suggesting their prosecution was stalled because they had children in the United States.Other immigrants in the courtroom Thursday were criminally charged, the Texas Civil Rights Project said.Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor in the Southern District, said Thursday that “we prosecuted all the cases that were presented in court today.” Cases removed from the docket would not have been presented in court.“No cases were dismissed in the Southern District of Texas due to the family unit issue,” Dodge insisted.Meyers said since Trump’s order on Wednesday, it’s been unclear how prosecutors and immigration officers will handle immigrants who crossed the border with their children.Julián Aguilar contributed reporting from El Paso.last_img read more

Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Original Suspect For Alleged Murder Of Josué

first_img X Ivanka Perez/Houston Public MediaOn June 18, 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg (fourth from left) announced a murder charge against Andre Jackson for the alleged murder of Josué Flores in May 2016. Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner (center) said at a news conference Jackson had remained a suspect for HPD even though an initial charge was dropped in 2017. 00:00 /00:52 Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced on Tuesday that a grand jury has indicted Andre Jackson for the alleged murder of Josué Flores after being presented with new DNA evidence that was examined in a Florida laboratory.Flores’ murder shocked Houston in May 2016 because of its brutality. The killer stabbed the child multiple times at the 1900 block of Fulton Street when the 11-year-old boy was returning to his home after leaving Marshall Middle School in the Near Northside neighborhood.Jackson, a 30 year-old homeless veteran, had previously been charged with Flores’ murder. But Ogg dropped the charges in July 2017 because of insufficient evidence that prosecutors felt could lead to a conviction.If prosecutors had proceeded to trial at that time and Jackson had been found not guilty, double jeopardy would have prevented the new charge announced Tuesday, according to the DA’s office.However, by dismissing the case against Jackson at that time, they reserved the right to charge him again should additional evidence be discovered.Now, the district attorney says there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt against Jackson, but she didn’t provide details about what the new evidence is. She announced the murder charge at a news conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Council Member Karla Cisneros and Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.“We look forward to presenting all the evidence at trial and finally delivering justice for Josue, his family and the community,” Ogg said in a news release.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo released a statement about Jackson’s indictment. He said HPD maintained the belief that “Mr. Jackson was the individual responsible for Josue’s murder.”Acevedo added his department looks forward to “supporting the Flores family as this case proceeds through the criminal courts.”Statement from Chief @ArtAcevedo on update in Josue Flores investigation: #hounews pic.twitter.com/n66yg1vrxy— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) June 18, 2019Finner said officers arrested Jackson in Baytown and he is in custody. He added Houston police had Jackson under surveillance for several days.Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at the 263rd Harris County District Court. If convicted, Jackson faces five to 99 years in prison, or life.Jackson has publicly claimed he is innocent.Flores’ 2016 murder shook residents of the Near Northside, prompting multiple changes in the area. Residents formed Safe Walk Home, a grassroots initiative to look after kids as they walk to and from school.The killing also prompted residents to push for the Salvation Army to relocate its men’s shelter out of the neighborhood.People in the area had long complained about high crime and unsafe conditions associated with the large number of indigent men in the area.The City of Houston also responded by tightening up regulations on boarding houses.You can watch Ogg’s news conference here:Press Conference: Grand Jury Indictment https://t.co/BAFlwhYgJG— Harris County DA (@HarrisCountyDAO) June 18, 2019 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

Miss Black Teen Maryland US Ambassador Promotes Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgTaylor WilliamsTaylor Williams is the current Miss Black Teen Maryland US Ambassador and her platform is healthy living and making sound nutritional choices.“I am encouraged to be an example to my family and reach out to my peers as well,” Williams said. “I enjoy being a positive role model and this pageant has helped me promote a healthy and active lifestyle.”This is not her first term of responsibility. She became an ambassador of the People to People Organization at 12 as she traveled to Australia. She won the Miss Teen Maryland International pageant at 15; making Top 10 and winning the fitness competition for the Miss Teen International Pageant in 2013. She is a recipient of the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award, as well as the Presidents Challenge Award; underthe Let’s Move Initiative established by First Lady Michelle Obama.As an advocate for Living a Healthy and Active Lifestyle she encourages all age groups to make healthier nutritional choices and to make exercise part of their daily routine.“I have partnered with get active Howard County and We Promote Health to promote healthy lifestyles,” Williams said.She belongs to First Abyssinia Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she assists in the audio ministry. She prepares food at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore, belongs to the National Honor and Merit Scholars Society and volunteers at the American Heart Association. She regularly spends time with residents at the Genesis Nursing Home.last_img read more

Police leaving no stones unturned to ensure safe IDay

first_imgKolkata: The police is taking all necessary steps to avoid any untoward incident during the Independence Day parade to be held at Red Road on Wednesday.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be hoisting the national flag at Red Road. She will also be given guard-of-honour. The programme at Red Road is scheduled to start at 10 am and it will continue till around 11.30 am. The Chief Minister will also be giving out police medals in the same programme.The parade will begin with a tableau of Safe Drive Save Life and subsequently participants from Kolkata Police, West Bengal Police, school children and tableaus of different departments will be passing one after the other. Around 980 children of different schools will be performing in the parade. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The Winners”, a special all-women patrolling team of the city police to combat and prevent incidents of molestation and eve-teasing in the city, will also be participating in the Independence Day parade. A team of women officers of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) will also be taking part in the parade. This will be the first time for the Mounted Police unit taking part in it.There will be tableaus on the projects including Rupashree, Kanyashree, Sabujshree, Khadya Sathi, and Sabujsathi. Besides the tableau of the Youth Services and Sports department with the theme of ‘Football’, there will also be a tableau of the Information and Cultural Affairs department based on the theme of ‘Sampriti’. Flowers will be sprinkled from helicopter at the time of the parade.Kolkata Police has tightened the security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident during the parade. An additional 1,500 policemen will be deployed and at the same time, there will be close monitoring from watchtowers. As many as 10 watchtowers have been erected around Red Road. Three Quick Response Teams (QRTs) will be deployed and there will also be six mobile patrolling units.last_img read more

Care for your nails

first_imgTaking care of ones nails is very important when it comes to maintaining hygiene. Keep your hands moisturised, coat the nails properly and choose proper lacquer, suggest experts. Beauty experts list down some ways to take care of nails:- Practice good nail hygiene: Without proper care, the nails become brittle and thin and so, it is essential to have a regular maintenance routine. Manicure and pedicure help in keeping healthy and shiny looking nails. Ensure that you stick to salons that have technicians who have undergone proper training. Wear gloves for better nail care when working with your hands, such as when you are gardening or housecleaning, to protect the polish and keep dirt out of your nails. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Choose correct nail lacquer and nail care collection: Wearing nail polish does not harm your healthy nails, but many of your favourite nail polishes and acrylics, are full of harsh chemicals that cause nail brittleness, dryness, and thinning. Ensure that you use products that are paraben-free, sulfate-free, formaldehyde-free, toxin-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free and vegan.-Pick a nail colour remover that treats conditions that adversely affect nails and cuticles, preferable something that has the unique goodness of Vitamins A, C, and E. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Hydrate your hands: It is advised to wash the hands with lukewarm water to help keep the hands and nails soft and smooth. Also, apply a hand cream frequently which is enriched with fruit extracts. It will help in restoring and make the hands look hydrated and moisturised.-Coat it up: Bottom and top coat may seem unimportant, but they help to keep our nails from chipping, splitting, cracking and strengthen and protect the nail from being stained. The coats also do an awesome job smoothing imperfections. Try and pick up a top coat which has an external barrier harder than traditional top coats, so it’s more durable against wear and damage. Also look for UV protection in the formula to combat environmental damage to include fading and yellowing. -Nail extension: The nails are one of the parts of the body that can say more of a person. In fact, many people look at the hands because they say a lot about each other’s personality, the way of life. Presentable nails are equally important and if the nails do not grow and are short, it’s beneficial to get nail extension done.-Take care of your nail extensions. Make sure that you fix the damaged nails as soon as possible and keep an eye out for dryness, redness and peeling of skin or cuticles.-Moisturise cuticles: Taking care of the cuticles is a critical part for a healthy growing nail. Dry, cracking cuticles not only make nails look messy, they can also cause hangnails and just plain hurt. Cuticles are part of your skin and serve the important purpose of acting as your nail’s protective barrier. Moisturise and massage with oils which have healing properties such as Argan Oil to restore moisture and repair damages.last_img read more

September 2 2003 CENTURY PLANT This cluster of C

first_imgSeptember 2, 2003CENTURY PLANT: This cluster of Century Plants [Agave Americanan] grows behind the Ceramics Apse. One of the plants has begun to grow its flower stalk. This first photo was taken on 5/1 of this year. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> There is a remarkable difference in size on 5/6. >>right>> This photo was taken on 5/12. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> 5/22 We did not measure the size but the push of this plants effort is amazing. >>right>> On 5/28 little branches have sprouted at the top portion of the stalk. [Photo & text: sa] >>left>> On 6/9 buds have grown on the branches and >>right>> on 6/27 the beautiful flowers are visited by busy bees. [Photo & text: sa] The stalk of this plant turns into a very light, hollow wood, with solid branches and large seedpods on those branches. It has been observed that this kind of stalk can be used for a version of the aborigin instrument digereedoo. This report will continue. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Modern Times Group MTG has agreed to sell its 80

first_imgModern Times Group (MTG) has agreed to sell its 80% stake in Swedish broadband service provider Zitius to TeliaSonera in a deal that values Zitius at SEK380 million (€42 million).MTG said it had decided to sell the stake as the Swedish open access model – where multiple service providers can deliver services to end users over third-party access networks – had evolved to the point where it no longer made strategic sense to own a broadband service provider.MTG acquired Zitius in August 2012 and invested in the expansion of the company’s operations. It said that Zitius had expanded its number of connected households by 12% and the number of households that subscribed to at least one of its services by 34% in the course of 2013.“The Open Access market in Sweden has evolved rapidly over the last 16 months. The increased competition between communications operators has resulted in large contracts changing hands, as well as significant improvements in the services available in the different networks. This proves that the Open Access network model is both sustainable and benefits consumers through freedom of choice. As a result, it is no longer necessary for MTG to own Zitius,” said Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, president and CEO of MTG.“We have a platform agnostic pay-TV strategy in the Nordic region and we will continue to offer our free TV and pay TV channels to subscribers in Zitius’ networks, as well as distribute our channel packages through a broad range of other third party pay-TV networks.”last_img read more

Does the Feds official ending of its policy of fo

first_imgDoes the Fed’s official ending of its policy of forward guidance matter to savers? Absolutely. Jim Rickards recently published an excellent article detailing how the Fed’s protective guidance allowed “banks to make excess profits to restore the capital they lost in the 2008 crash.” Rickards chronicles the failure of various Federal Reserve schemes and confirms what many of us, including yours truly, already suspected: As can be seen from this history, the entire process of forward guidance has been an elaborate farce in which markets and investors have played their assigned roles. Federal Reserve officials have told me privately that they have no idea what they are doing—something they never say publicly. They simply try some policy as a kind of experiment. It if appears to work, they may do more of it. If it appears to fail, they promptly abandon it. The biggest mistake investors can make is to believe the Fed knows what they are doing—they don’t. The whole mess reminds me of a familiar tale, Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. It took a child to point out what everyone could see: “But he has nothing on!” Whispers ran through the town until the townspeople all finally echoed the child, “But he hasn’t got anything on.” The Fed is naked and we all know it. But the consequences of its folly go far beyond embarrassment. Banks are doing just fine; savers, not so much. While the Fed has strongly hinted that it will raise rates, market predictions of when that will happen keep getting pushed back. Interpreting the Fed’s published statements has become a running joke. Like a naked emperor, most of the options for income investors in this environment ain’t pretty. But Money Forever Portfolio has unearthed a portfolio of rare gems designed to provide income and capital protection no matter what the next Fed experiment turns out to be.last_img read more