Habitat For Humanity and President Carter are coming together to provide housing to people across the US, and you can join them.The 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place between Oct. 6-12, and coincides with the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day.Celebrating 30 years of building safe homes.An estimated 3000 volunteers will be on hand to build and repair more than 80 homes across the chosen locations. Volunteers will help improve homes and communities through a range of tactics from new, energy-efficient construction and critical home repair to rehabilitation, weatherization and home preservation.The events will be hosted in four states – California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey – and honor the three decades of service by the former President and his wife.Every year since 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have dedicate a week of their time to help build Habitat homes somewhere in the world. It all started when the former president led a group to New York City to renovate a six-story building for 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Events since then have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, and the past two years, in Haiti.This year Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be joining President and Mrs. Carter at receptions in California, Colorado and New York, with each location seeing additional local celebrities and politicians in attendance. Among others, Susan Sarandon will be attending in New York, Mark Curry will attend the California event, and Isaac Slade, lead singer from the Fray, will be there for Denver’s Raise The Roof gala.Volunteers are a key part of the program’s success, and this year’s volunteers are being invited to create a personal fundraising page, with a chance to win a trip for two to the New York build to meet President and Mrs. Carter. Volunteers who register by September, 15th will be entered into the random drawing to win a slot in the October, 15th build.To start a fundraiser and enter to win a trip to NY to meet President Carter, visit helpbuild.habitat.org.Learn more about the needs of the 2013 locations here.For more information about the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, click here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Noting that the relations between the two countries since ancient times based on mutual trust and respect, the two leaders pledged to further strengthen bilateral ties. Prime Minister Modi said that the responsibility of friendly and brotherly countries is to help each other when one faces difficulties. He said that he accepted President Sirisena’s invitation to visit with joy and India would continue the trust placed on Sri Lanka, the President’s office said in a statement.Prime Minister Modi also appreciated President Sirisena’s programmes to fulfil the duties towards all the communities.The two leaders held discussions, covering issues pertaining to bilateral relations and regional security, peace and stability. Since both Sri Lanka and India have been victims of terrorism, both the leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and decided to step up cooperation in this critical area. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people and the Government of Sri Lanka for the warm hospitality and welcome extended to him and his delegation.Two leaders planted a sapling at the premises of the President’s House to mark the visit of the Indian Prime Minister. President Sirisena hosted a Luncheon in honour of the visiting Indian Prime Minister.President Sirisena presented Prime Minister Modi with a photograph taken during the welcome ceremony, together with another photograph of the two leads taken in New Delhi during the President’s last visit. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka and India have decided to step up cooperation to fight terrorism, the President’s office said today.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Colombo today on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena, held discussions with the President at the President’s House in Colombo. President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to Indian Premier for visiting Sri Lanka at a time when the country is reeling under the terrible terrorist attacks, thus giving a positive signal to the world about Sri Lanka’s secure environment. He added that the visit also reflects the strength and trust exists between the two neighbours.The President said that the visit also would be useful to promote Sri Lanka’s economic, trade and tourism development. President Sirisena, who participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi for his second term as Prime Minister in New Delhi, was the first leader to have bilateral talks with the Prime Minister. Premier Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Islamist terrorist attack on Easter Sunday. Prime Minister Modi was ceremoniously received by President Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. The visiting Head of Government was accorded a Guard of Honour and 19 Gun Salute.
Ross Greenhill, the coastal operations area commander, said: “We always advise people to check the weather and tidal conditions before they set out so that they can either prepare accordingly or consider whether they should even be going out at all.”At sea, changes in tidal streams can make conditions worse, particularly if the wind and tide are against each other and tidal heights may hide underwater hazards.”It also emerged that some customers who had used Atlas Choice to book a hire car over Christmas were double-charged after the firm failed to pass payments onto suppliers. Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, added: “We are expecting gusts of around 80mph widespread within the amber warning area, up to 90mph in places.”We have had the good fortune to be able to issue the weather warnings ahead of Storm Barbara coming, with plenty of time hopefully for people to change their plans if they need to.”But the nature of the storm means it still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossings.”The UK Coastguard also issued its own safety warnings ahead of the weekend. There are also fears of delays on the road through a potential last-minute increase in motorists after Network Rail announced it is carrying out up to 200 improvement works, with some starting on Christmas Eve.Rail passengers will face disruption for up to 14 days, as stations including London Paddington, Liverpool Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo and Cannon Street are closed.Those in London, Manchester and Cardiff are expected to be the hardest hit by the works, which may cause delays as well as cancellations and diversions.Phil Hufton, Network Rail’s managing director for England and Wales, said the “vital investment” was being carried out to improve journeys and make the railway more reliable. Amber & Yellow weather warnings for #wind have been updated https://t.co/TmvTfmDfrK. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/rmTN2Dsgzl— Met Office (@metoffice) December 22, 2016 Highways England said it had completed or lifted 448 miles of roadworks ahead of the Christmas period, but 164 miles were still in place. It came as the Met Office extended its yellow weather warning for wind to include the South West and Wales on Thursday and Scotland on Boxing Day. An amber “be prepared” warning remained in place for the north of Scotland, where winds are expected to get up to 90mph.Rod Dennis, the RAC’s traffic watch spokesman, said the extreme weather would “make the going tough for anyone driving on Friday especially”. Motorists are set to face chaos as the Christmas getaway begins on Friday, with rail engineering works, strikes and extreme weather all expected to disrupt travel.More than 10 million people will make journeys between now and Sunday, with 3.5 million setting off on Friday, according to the RAC.Forecasters and road experts warned of potential restrictions on bridges and disruption to ferries as heavy rain and gusts of wind “join forces”.Parts of the country also face potential structural damage and power outages as Storm Barbara – this year’s second named storm – sweeps in. It still has the potential to have an impact on power supplies, structures, and disrupt bridge and ferry crossingsGrahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office We are currently experiencing foggy conditions, which are expected to clear later this morning. (1/2)— Heathrow Airport (@HeathrowAirport) December 22, 2016 He insisted more than 95 per cent of the network would remain unaffected and “will be open for business as usual”.”There’s never a good time to impact on journeys and I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience”, he added.Meanwhile, ongoing industrial action is expected to affect Southern and Gatwick Express services, with further planned strikes by ASLEF and RMT between Dec 31 and Jan 2.There will be roadworks on the M1, M5 near Droitwich and M6 near Crewe as improvement works are carried out. Others found their booking had been cancelled or was marked as not paid for, despite having paid. Atlas Choice could not be reached for comment. Storm Barbara has been named in line with the Met Office’s alphabetical policy for the strongest weather systems and is only the second name designated this season, which began on October 1, after Storm Angus.It came after festive travel plans faced being thrown into chaos after Heathrow, Gatwick and London City Airport all experienced a raft of hold-ups due to the weather on Thursday morning.All three airports were hit by delays as thick fog shrouded the capital. A spokesman for Heathrow said some early-morning flights had been been pushed back and knock-on delays could take place throughout the day, adding that there have yet to be any cancellations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
To broaden its range of highly specialised products and solutions for the mining industry, Metal 7 Inc has announced the acquisition of the manufacturer Les Équipements Megatraction Inc, which is headquartered in Quebec City. Megatraction is a company that designs and manufactures a specialised range of lifting equipment for heavy electric shovels or hydraulic excavators used by the mining industry.Its MEGALIFTER® is the mining industry’s first and only patented heavy lift system designed specifically for undecking and redecking mine shovels. “Since 1997 MEGALIFTER® has been employed by the world’s most safety oriented mining operations to perform the critical maintenance functions on mine shovels of all types and sizes. With a design capacity of over 3,000,000 lbs MEGALIFTER® can safely lift the world’s largest mine shovels complete with truck and boom as well as the capability to include the handle and dipper if desired.”“Its patented technologies coupled with our expertise in international trade allow us to add a range of products that fit perfectly into our mission of delivering high performances solutions that increase our customer’s productivity,” said Marc-André Gervais, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metal 7.“Megatraction has the best technology of the industry but, because of its size, it was mainly limited to North American markets. With our commercial and financial capabilities this transaction will enable Megatraction to develop international markets and to accelerate the development of its range of solutions,” added Gervais. “The size of the global market is huge. The expertise and resources of Metal 7 will be catalysts to propel Megatraction,” added Robin Belley, General Manager of Megatraction.Metal 7 is a manufacturing company serving primary industry since 1974. It specialises in the design and manufacture of high performance equipment for the mining industry and aluminum smelters and it says it “distinguishes itself from the competition by its expertise in engineering and its international sales network.” Metal 7 exports more than 75% of its production in over 20 countries and its exports are mainly outside of North America.“The acquisition of Les Équipement Megatraction Inc is part of our expansion and consolidation initiative aiming to create a leading Canadian based company offering high value products and services for the mining sector, a company whose expertise is internationally recognised,” said Bruno Fortin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metal 7.
This case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists. The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for the gross invasion into the private life of others. This entire case has been manufactured by the Sunday Sun and Mazher Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh. Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers. This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status.Tulisa posted a series of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” selfie photos to Instagram yesterday. Source: tulisasinstagramWatch: Anchorman 2 cast sings Happy Birthday to Ireland>“Who’s putting the f**king wrappers back in the box?” – Every Irish Christmas ever> They spend a large amount of their readers’ money in flying Tulisa and a number of her friends first class to Las Vegas. There Mahmood posed as a film producer offering her a £3million film contract TULISA CONTOSTAVLOS, THE former X Factor judge and N-Dubz singer has been charged with involvement in supplying drugs.The Crown Prosecution Service in the UK confirmed yesterday that the 25-year-old had been charged “with being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs”.The CPS also said that the charge is related to an investigation by the Sun newspaper which resulted in drugs being supplied to a journalist.Contostavlas will appear in court on 19 December.The singer and TV star has released a statement in which she said she will plead not guilty.The statement, issued via her lawyer Ben Rose also said:
Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 11:04 AM By Ruaidhrí Giblin PATRICK HUTCH HAS walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State.Hutch (26) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on 5 February 2016.The three-judge, non-jury Special Criminal Court heard that the shooting took place during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel. A man dressed as a woman and another wearing a flat cap, armed with handguns, followed by three people dressed in tactical-style garda uniforms, carrying assault rifles, raided the venue.It was the State’s case that Hutch was the man dressed as a woman and that, although he did not shoot Byrne, he was part of a “shared intention” to commit the offence.Hutch had also denied possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the shooting.The Director of Public Prosecutions entered a nolle prosequi against Hutch today meaning the State will not be proceeding with the charges against Hutch, and he was free to walk from court.Counsel for the DPP, Sean Gillane SC, said the the State was no longer in a position to lead evidence on a number of matters “sadly” as a result of the death of the lead investigating garda on the Regency Hotel shooting case, Detective Superintendent Colm Fox.Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding in the three-judge court, said Hutch could be “discharged” in light of the State’s application. “Further comment is not necessary,” the judge said.Members of the Byrne family stood up and called the situation “disgraceful” and a “farce”. They said there was “no justice in Ireland” and claimed the gardaí could not “solve this case but could solve all the others”. They told members of the media sitting in front of them that “you can put that in the paper”. One Byrne family member said: “You’re afraid of the Hutches, that what you are”. Moments after being discharged from the court, Hutch left the Criminal Courts of Justice building in Dublin and departed on a motorbike that was waiting outside. Counsel for Hutch, Michael O’Higgins SC, said his client had pleaded not guilty and the case was being “keenly contested”, which remained his client’s position.“I note his (Gillane’s) observation that the passing of Detective Superintendent Fox has brought about this situation today and I’ve nothing further to add,” O’Higgins said.Detective Superintendent Colm Fox was found dead on the evening of 10 February in his office at Ballymun garda station. His official firearm was recovered at the scene, foul play was not suspected and it was treated as a personal tragedy. The trial had been stalled at the time over the disclosure by the prosecution of emails between four gardaí.Notes written by the late superintendent were handed into the court and read by the three judges.The court was subsequently told that a report into the death of the Detective Superintendent was being prepared. This report concerned the analysis of electronic data – a mobile phone, two USB devices and a laptop computer.‘Immediate panic’Opening the prosecution’s case in January 2018, Sean Gillane SC told the court that on 5 February 2016, the hotel was hosting a weigh-in for a boxing event scheduled for the following day, billed as the ‘Clash of the Clans’.The event, widely publicised on social media, was a co-promotion between Queensberry Promotions, run by boxing promoter Frank Warren, and MGM, a Marbella-based firm which runs a boxing management company and a boxing gym, the barrister said.He added that the event was to include boxers associated with the MGM gym, which “enjoyed the patronage of a number of people”, and that the prosecution case is that “a number of these people’s presence might have been anticipated at the event”.Gillane said the court would hear evidence that as the weigh-in commenced, at 2:20pm, a silver van parked up outside the hotel and some seven minutes or so later, a man wearing a flat cap and a man wearing a wig got out of the van and walked toward the hotel, their progress captured on CCTV.He said the court would hear evidence from eye-witnesses that boxer Gerry Sweeney was having his weigh-in completed, when there were “gunfire, gunshots and cracking sounds” and that “immediate panic ensued”.Gillane said that the man with the wig and the man with the flat cap were observed carrying handguns, running down the corridor following or chasing people toward a larger function room, where there were emergency exits.He said the court would hear evidence that at 2:29pm the same silver van proceeded through the security gate and pulled up in front of the hotel before three individuals dressed as gardaí, in armed tactical style uniforms, got out of the van and went to the hotel’s entrance, carrying assault rifles.He said the court would hear that a number of shots were immediately discharged from the weapons, which caused “all-round panic with people running in opposite directions”, and that the manner in which the three people were dressed caused further confusion, with some believing they were in fact gardaí, arriving to deal with the incident.Gillane said the court would hear that the deceased, Byrne, was in a group running toward the main reception when he was shot by one of the men in garda uniform, with an assault rifle, and shot again by another of the men dressed as a guard.Byrne was injured and made his way to the reception desk, the barrister said.‘Calmly and coldly’Gillane said the court would also see footage of a BBC reporter jumping over the reception desk, lying on the ground and taking cover, when one of the men in garda uniform jumped onto the reception desk, pointed the weapon at the reporter, engaged with him for a number of seconds, but did not discharge.He said the gunman then jumped back over the counter, to where Byrne was lying on the ground, and “calmly and coldly” discharged rounds into the victim.He said the prosecution case would also establish that the raiders were clearly looking for a specific person and that the man wearing the wig was heard shouting “He’s not fucking here” and “I can’t fucking find him”.He said the van meanwhile was parked outside, idling, waiting for the alleged gunmen, who all left the hotel and got into the van, which drove away towards Charlemont Estate, where it was burnt out.Gillane said that the prosecution case is that all six people – the man in the wig, the man in the flat cap, the three men in garda uniforms and the driver of the van – were involved in a “resourced, carefully planned, targeted, murderous attack”.He added that a “perfected callousness” was displayed when one of the men shot Byrne, who was “prone” on the floor.There was a “shared intention to commit the offence” by all six individuals, the court heard.The court also heard that three firearms were found in County Meath on March 9th 2016, and that discharged cartridge cases recovered from the hotel matched the weapons. Scene of the shooting Scene of the shooting Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie Feb 20th 2019, 11:04 AM Share40 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4503209 Short URL Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie No Comments Regency trial collapses as murder charge against Patrick Hutch dropped Hutch was accused of the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 37,493 Views
Clark County – The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has won more than $90,000 in grant money from the Department of Justice, money that will go to buying protective equipment for officers and deputies addressing other needs.The grant typically comes every year, Undersheriff Mike Cooke said, and the office gives most of it to the Vancouver Police Department. This time around, 58 percent of the grant will go to Vancouver police.Typically, the agencies use the grant to replace old stun guns or radios, or buy bullet-proof shielding, Cooke said.Recently, the sheriff’s office used money from a previous grant to buy new software to speed up the background check process for potential hires, Cooke said.“It’s a catch-all kind of a grant that is basically designed to fill in those one-off needs for agencies,” Cooke said.Law enforcement agencies were awarded nearly $8 million for a range of projects, the department announced Tuesday. The grants were broadly categorized as for forensic science, records improvement and DNA test backlog reduction.
Laporte has not been included in France’s lineup since appearing on the bench in their 2-0 loss to Spain back in March of 2017.Aymeric Laporte says Didier Deschamps has “personal reasons” for not letting him debut for the French squad, yet. Despite Laporte becoming a regular starter in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, Deschamps hasn’t given the youngster an opportunity.Laporte is sure that Deschamps’ decision is not based on his current form on the pitch.“There is a coach and he doesn’t call me, so I need to wait, to keep working and that’s it,” Laporte told EiTB, according to FourFourTwo.“Of course I don’t think it’s because of a sporting issue, you’d have to ask him personally, I don’t have anything personal against him, but if someone has a problem it’s him and not me.“I could be a world champion… but these are the decisions of the coach, who is not calling me for, I think, personal reasons, and I have to respect him.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I’m not going to call him. Why? To slam him?“I’m still working in the club, playing at the highest level for this kind of thing [an international call-up]. The only person who can solve this is the coach.”Laporte started his career at Athletic Bilbao before moving to Premier League champions Manchester City in January of 2018. He could also be eligible to play for Spain, but the 24-year-old wants to play for his birth country, instead.“Play with Spain? I think that’s already closed, but even so I opt for France because I’m French,” Laporte said.“I don’t have dual citizenship and I’m not going to ask for it. I don’t know if playing with Spain is possible.”
DEERFIELD BEACH (WSVN) — Deerfield Beach High School had to be placed on lockdown due to a reported suspicious person on campus.Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with guns drawn, were spotted conducting a search of the school and an apartment complex just east of the school, at around 9 a.m., Wednesday.Though they did a search of the campus, deputies found no one suspicious, and the lockdown has since been lifted.Nearby Quiet Waters elementary school was also locked down earlier.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi teaser recordsTwitterThe teaser of Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi took the internet by the storm and set a non-Baahubali record, by registering 10 million views in 13.30 hours of its release on YouTube on Saturday.Maharshi was initially set for April 5 release, but it was postponed by more than a month, due to the delay in its production, which also caused the delay in its teaser launch. The makers announced to release its first look video as an Ugadi treat for Mahesh Babu’s fans. The actor tweeted the link to the video, which was released on Dil Raju’s YouTube channel, and wished his fans on Ugadi.The teaser of Maharshi caught up a wild fire and went viral within a few minutes of its release on YouTube. The first look video crossed the mark of 2 million views in less than one hour and it is the highest views for a non-Baahubali film in the south Indian film industry. The movie set a new record.This video of Maharshi went on adding 1 million views per every hour in the next three hours and surpassed the mark of 5 million views on YouTube in 4.30 hours. The elated producer Dil Raju tweeted, “Fastest Teaser to cross 5 Milllion Views Setting the views counter on fire #JoinRishi… #MaharshiTeaser #Maharshi #SSMB25” MaharshiTwitterThe thrilled makers kept updating the records of views registered by the teaser of Maharshi, which crossed in 9 million views in 12 hours and 10 million views in 13.30 hours. The boss of Sri Venkateswara Creations tweeted, “Rishi takes charge of Youtube records… Fastest Teaser to cross 10 Milllion Real Time Views #JoinRishi… #MaharshiTeaser #Maharshi #SSMB25″The teasers of Baahubali 1 and 2, which were released in multiple languages, received 10 million views on YouTube in less than 12 hours. Post Baahubali films, some big-ticket films starring actors like Prabhas, Allu Arjun and Jr NTR have taken little more than 24 hours to achieve this feet. Now, the Vamsi Paidipally directed movie has set a non-Baahubali record, by crossing this mark in 13.30 hours.According to makers of Maharshi, its teaser has received a total of 12.6 million views in 24 hours. Sri Venkateswara Creations tweeted, “12.6 Million Real Time Views in 24 hours RISHI is on RAMPAGE”Maharshi is the 25th film of Mahesh Babu, who looks dapper sporting two different looks in the teaser. The superstar is seen rocking a checkered suit while getting off a helicopter in New York, his action shots in India show him in a much more casual avatar. The teaser indicates that Maharshi is a fast-paced action-drama with some fantastic dialogues and sleek cinematography.
Six Bangladeshis, including two siblings, were killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night, reports UNB.Five of the deceased were identified as Ershad Bepari, 25, his younger brother Humayun Bepari, 20, sons of Wahed Ali Bepari, hailing from Daraper Dangi, Miraz Mondol, 26, son of Saher Mondol of Shamsu Mondol Bazar and Kobbat Khan, 25, son of Osman Khan of Matubbar Para in Goalanda upazial of Rajbari district, and Idris Dewan, 30, son of Haran Dewan, of Zahiruddin Matubbar Dangi in Faridpur Sadar upazila.Identity of another could not be known immediately.Family members said the six Bangladeshis along with five Saudi citizens were returning to their homes from their workplace at Dammam in a microbus and it collided with another microbus around 9 pm (BST), leaving all passengers, including the Bangladeshis, dead on the spot.
Five persons were killed and 16 others injured in separate road accidents in Rangpur, Mymensingh and Meherpur districts on Sunday.In Rangpur, two people were killed and 10 others injured in a collision between a bus and truck in Damdama area of Mithapukur upazila in the morning.Identities of the deceased were not known immediately, reports Prothom Alo correspondent.Local police said a Thakurgaon-bound bus of Himel Paribahan from Dhaka collided head on with a Bogra-bound truck from Rangpur in the area around 6:45am, leaving two people dead on the spot and injuring 10 others.The injured were admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.In Mymensingh, two persons were killed and six others injured in another road accident on Mymensingh-Haluaghat road in Borovilla area in the afternoon, reports BSS.The deceased are Lovely Akhter, 42, and Taher Ali, 65 from Mymensingh.Police said a Mymensingh-bound public transport vehicle, a ‘human hauler’, collided head-on with a truck in the area, leaving eight ‘human hauler’ passengers injured.Among the wounded, five were rushed to Phulpur Upazila Health Complex where Lovely and Taher succumbed to their injuries.Later, three injured were shifted to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.In Meherpur, a teenage motorcycle rider was killed after he hit a roadside tree losing control over his bike in Gopalnagar village under Gangni upazila.The victim is Badhon, 14, a student of class-VIII of Gangni Pilot High School and resident at Kallyanpur village of the upazila.Badhon was injured critically in the accident which took place on the Gangni-Hatbaria road, said Gangni police station officer-in-charge Harendranath Sarker.The injured died on the way to Gangni Upazila Health Complex, he added.Earlier on Saturday, 12 people, including two minor schoolgirls, were killed in three road accidents in Gaibandha and Jessore districts.
Jatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikya Front has demanded that the election commission should issue directives to the home ministry to release all leaders and activists of different parties arrested in ‘political’ cases, reports UNB.Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front placed the demand in a letter sent to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda.The alliance’s media coordinator Latiful Bari Hamim submitted the letter signed by its chief coordinator Mostafa Mohsin Montu on Monday evening.In the letter, Jatiya Oikya Front said no one can be arrested for political reasons after the announcement of valid candidates. “Especially no candidate should be harassed,” it said.”The election commission can issue directives to the home ministry to release any political leader or activist in a political case,” the letter says.”So, the chief election commissioner is requested to issue directives for the release of all leaders and activists detained in political cases following the constitution for the sake of holding the election in a fair and credible manner,” the letter reads.A total of 2,279 nomination papers were declared valid while 786 others were announced invalid by the returning officers during Sunday’s scrutiny.The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on 30 December.
“Purity” is indeed the moral foundation of human relationships, say researchers, suggesting that conflicting values of purity are responsible for driving people apart while shared values of purity bring them together.After analysing 731,000 tweets, the researchers were able to map the social networks of 188,467 users and analyse the social distance between those users.They then used computational text analysis to measure those users’ moral concerns. The results showed the degree to which Twitter users expressed moral purity, over all other moral concerns, could accurately predict how close their social interactions were. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The moral concern of purity, out of all the moral values, was the best predictor of distance between two people,” said Morteza Dehghani, lead author from University of Southern California.The researchers tested how social distance between people would be affected by five groups of basic moral concerns — care and harm, fairness and cheating, loyalty and betrayal, authority and subversion, and purity and degradation.“We started by observing relationships on Twitter, and by looking at distance between people – who they follow on Twitter and the type of rhetoric that they use,” Dehghani added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixConcerns about purity could have to do with physical purity, like disgust or cleansing, but also a kind of spiritual purity.“These are things like treating the body like a temple instead of a playground, resisting our lower carnal desires in favour of a higher, divine nature,” noted study co-author Jesse Graham.“It has a spiritual-moral dimension to it, but it’s not necessarily explicitly religious,” Graham added in a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Additionally, purity did not simply divide the liberals from the conservatives, as one may think, Medical Daily reported.When the researchers separated the Twitter users into two distinct political groups, purity still predicted social distance within each of those groups.“This could have potential implications for understanding political migrations, both in online social networks and in real life,” Dehghani pointed out.When people believed they matched highly on purity, they wished to be physically and socially closer to that person and vice versa.Again, purity, above all other moral domains, had the most influence, the authors said.
Kolkata: The cold condition may last in the city and some of the South Bengal districts till Saraswati Puja, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday.City dwellers will continue to feel the winter chill for some more days due to uninterrupted flow of the northwesterly wind. According to a weather expert, the western disturbance has lost its intensity, as a result of which the northwesterly wind has gained power. The weather office also said that the temperature will not drop below 12 degree Celsius, as a result of which people may witness a comfortable weather in the city. The western disturbance had led to the rise of temperature in the city for while, causing an adverse impact on the northwesterly wind. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe mercury started sliding down couple of days ago as the northwesterly wind intensified. The condition may prevail till Saraswati Puja, which falls on February 10 this year. There may be no significant rise and fall in the temperature as the lowest temperature would hover around 13-15 degree Celsius in the next few days. During night, the temperature will go down by a few notches, compared to daytime. The cold breeze that had gone missing a week ago due to the impact of western disturbance, has started blowing again for the past two days. The city on Thursday recorded its lowest temperature at 12.5 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The temperature may not go down further in the city. It will hover between 13-15 degree Celsius in the city, but in case of some districts it may remain below 10 degrees for the next few days. The cold wave condition is here to stay for a few days,” said a senior official of the Alipore MeT office. It may be mentioned that Panagarh on Thursday recorded its lowest temperature at 7.6 degree Celsius, while Purulia saw 7 degree Celsius, Bankura 9.4, Berhampore 11.6, East Burdwan 10.8 and Barrackpore 10 degree Celsius.
SANTA TERESA, Puntarenas — It’s easy to think the ocean is infinite when you’re standing on its shore, refreshed by its cool touch and comforted by its pounding lull. Especially here, near the tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, where the white sand seems to stretch forever in each direction. But look closer, Carolina Chavarría Pozuelo asks. Please look closer. Walk the town’s roads and notice the trash dumped along their edges. Stroll the beaches and see the canals draining dirty water into the ocean. This is Santa Teresa’s tenuous reality. The Cóbano district — which contains the beach towns of Santa Teresa, Mal País, Carmen and Hermosa — has changed dramatically over the last decade as tourists visit a region which promises a peaceful, laid-back attitude complemented by unspoiled natural beauty and surf. Those tourists bring money they’re eager to spend on food, housing and transportation — and new businesses have formed as a result.But that growth lacks the necessary oversight and supporting infrastructure, Chavarría says, which puts the area’s biggest draws in peril. “It frightens me that there won’t be the structure or long-term planning that could support the expansion of the town while at the same time respecting the natural resources available,” she said. “The economic development, advancement of public services and environmental protection need to go hand-in-hand. If not, how much growth can we take?” Chavarría is the director of the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper, a non-government organization that acts as a watchdog for clean water in the South Nicoya Peninsula. While the local government has been ill-equipped to oversee the area, the Waterkeeper group helps ensure new and existing establishments follow regulations. And Chavarría is disappointed by what they’ve found. In an interview with The Tico Times, she alleged many businesses in Santa Teresa and in surrounding towns take advantage of lax oversight and follow environmentally harmful processes. It’s a situation that frustrates many residents: How can you sustain the economic boom without fracturing the community or irreparably harming the environment that attracted the growth in the first place? Santa Teresa can be a picture-perfect town, but if you look closer, not everything is perfect. (Alexander Villegas / The Tico Times)* * * Part of Santa Teresa’s allure is its relative inaccessibility. It’s more than four hours from Liberia, which houses the closest international airport. The majority of visitors from the populous Central Valley come via ferry, but even that drops passengers off in Paquera, a one-and-a-half-hour drive away — when the roads are good. The last stretch of the journey, the 15 kilometers from Cóbano to the Pacific Ocean, is a hilly, winding pothole-filled dirt adventure better suited for an ATV than a car. But the reward at the end is the crossroads, the single intersection that will take you to Mal País or to Santa Teresa or to any of the other beach towns, which are less “towns” in the traditional sense and more a concentration of shops and stores and hotels alongside a single dusty street. That much hasn’t changed in the region, but what has changed is, well, just about everything else. The Cóbano district lists a population of approximately 5,200 inhabitants, though the local government notes the number fluctuates greatly throughout the year due to visitors. In December and January, two of the busiest months in Costa Rica for tourism, residents say the main street can become virtually impassable, a backlog of traffic sharing the unmarked street with parked cars and pedestrians. “The area has changed a lot,” Chavarría said. “From the late 90s until now, it’s a different place entirely. […] A lot of people think Santa Teresa is too full, too loud now. So people looking for peace and quiet move elsewhere.” Until the opening of an aqueduct in earlier this year, Santa Teresa and its neighboring communities relied on tanker trucks to deliver drinkable water during the December-to-May dry season — which coincides with the busiest months for tourism in the country. The improvements in water accessibility have allowed for larger construction projects, and there is plenty of demand for that growth. According to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), the industry continues to expand in Costa Rica, now accounting for 6.7 percent of the country’s GDP. In 2017, the ICT estimates 29.8 percent of all tourists, or 531,304 people, spent at least a night in Puntarenas province, up from 132,768 people in 2006. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to walk more than a couple minutes through Santa Teresa without seeing workers laboring to finish new buildings in time for the expected wave of tourism that begins this month.But essential government services haven’t quite caught up to the private sector. There is the issue of the unpaved, potholed roads, for starters. And residents say garbage isn’t always collected on-time, if at all. Then, of course, is water consumption and treatment. Residents say trash isn’t always collected in time. (Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times)Hotels, a virtual necessity for tourism, are heavy consumers of water. Numbers vary, but according to a study report prepared for the city of Seattle, a hotel will typically use between 100 and 400 gallons of water per day per room — lodging with full-service restaurants and on-site laundry facilities use more. That water has to go somewhere, but according to the Municipality of Cóbano, blackwater — water polluted with food, animal or human waste — “does not yet have a network that prevents it from being directed toward the nearest streams,” leaving each business responsible for its own water treatment and disposal. Alberto Vásquez Granados, the Environmental Manager for the Municipal Council of Cóbano, told The Tico Times that “other sites in Costa Rica have a much greater environmental impact than Santa Teresa from wastewater contamination, which has caused Santa Teresa not to be on the first or even second list of priority locations” for improved sanitation systems.According to environmental protection agencies, blackwater contains “disease-causing bacteria and viruses that can result in human illness from direct contact, or by consumption of affected fish and shellfish.” Meanwhile, the World Health Organization, says greywater — untreated wastewater from bathtubs, showers and sinks — also poses a risk to human health, both through direct human contact and by introducing chemicals into marine food chains. The WHO recommends careful design to “avoid greywater leaching into groundwater or surface bodies of water.” But in Santa Teresa, the regulatory oversight is lacking. The Health Ministry, which oversees compliance with Costa Rica’s wastewater regulations, has a representative who only comes to Cóbano once a week on Thursdays. The morning I visited Cóbano’s Municipal Government offices, I was told that representative wouldn’t be in that day.According to Ronny Montero, who works as the Tax and Financial Administrator for the Municipal Council of Cóbano, the Health Ministry typically doesn’t conduct investigations in Santa Teresa unless there has been a formal claim submitted against a person or business. So last January, the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper filed a claim before the Health Ministry in regards to the wastewater management of Selina, a hostel that had recently opened in Santa Teresa. It’s not so much that Selina’s setup was uniquely bad — they were properly treated, but allegedly improperly disposing of black and greywater — but Chavarría’s organization sought out the business as the largest hostel in the area.After 15 months of legal back-and-forth, Selina was ordered to enact a corrective plan to resolve the situation. Selina did not return multiple requests for comment.“If you don’t have money to follow environmental regulations, don’t open your business,” Chavarría said. “If you can’t afford chairs, if you can’t afford plates, you wouldn’t open a restaurant. It’s the same thing. Social responsibility starts with adhering to the laws. You have to start with that.“Nature has a capacity to clean itself, but not at the level we’re contaminating it.” But to Chavarría, fixing one business’s water-management issues in a rapidly changing town is akin to trying to cover the sun using only your finger. It just doesn’t fix the problem. “Nature has a capacity to clean itself, but not at the level we’re contaminating it.” (Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times)* * *None of these issues, or the uneasy relationship between growth and oversight, are a surprise to the Municipal Government in Cóbano. Montero said he and the Municipal Council are fighting for the ability to do more. Even though Cóbano is relatively large — with a land area of more than 300 km2 — Montero explained any budget requests that would benefit the district have to go through the Municipality of Puntarenas, which consolidates what it submits to the Comptroller General’s Office. That means there are additional steps added to already-slow bureaucratic processes, delaying infrastructure improvements further. “This causes us to lose four months, five months, half a year,” Montero told The Tico Times. “And by the time a budget passes, sometimes it’s too late and contracts have expired — for example, for the machinery to fix the roads.” Vásquez, the district’s Environmental Manager, acknowledged that finding viable solutions to wastewater management is a slow process. “We must move forward strategically and look for solutions in the short, medium and long-term, in regard to sustainable development of Santa Teresa, while safeguarding our natural resources and favoring the economic development,” Vásquez said. A proposed law presented in April 2018 aims to elevate the status of Cóbano from a district to a canton, which, in addition to increasing accessibility to public services, would give representatives of Cóbano a bigger say in the province’s budgeting and planning. “It would give us better representation,” Montero said. “It gives us better access to resources, both local and international. It would give us more autonomy, and help remove limitations to our growth. “… It’s not a secret to anyone. We know the coastal towns are the ones that are responsible for a lot of tourism and growth, and they are changing quickly. But as a district, we cannot ignore the rest of the district. We need to pay attention to people throughout the district who are also living in vulnerable areas.” Vásquez said Cóbano has conducted feasibility studies with the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute but found the cost of a centralized wastewater treatment center prohibitively high. The municipality is also seeking partnerships with Costa Rican university students for more innovative, more cost-efficient solutions. Meanwhile, groups like Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper have filled the void. In addition to their vigilance of potential wastewater violations and monthly beach cleanups, the non-government organization plans to open a recycling collection center for Cóbano by the end of the year. With the support of the community, they hope the center will reduce trash by 65 percent. They are also pushing for the Health Ministry to open an office in Cóbano. And ultimately, Chavarría, Montero and Vásquez agree everyone — from residents, to business owners, to tourists — needs to remain educated and vigilant while government resources try to catch up. They welcome outsiders to enjoy the white-sand beaches, untouched islands and jungle-covered hills. But if you’re visiting, they say, make sure your actions preserve that natural beauty for those who will follow. “We are all responsible,” Montero said. “It’s my responsibility as a hotel owner to run things well. It’s my responsibility as a hotel guest to denounce them if they are not running things well. A lot of people are afraid to speak up, so they stay quiet. You can’t stay quiet.”For more information about the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper, visit their website here. Read more about Costa Rica’s sewage systems here.Read all of our Santa Teresa features here. This story was made possible thanks to the donations from Tico Times 5% Club. The TT5% club is a small group of readers who donate at least $2 a month to keep our newsroom operational. That’s how we’re able to bring you stories like these. 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The SpaceShip Two VSS Enterprise has already completed two successful test flights, reaching supersonic speeds. “We couldn’t be more delighted to have another major supersonic milestone under our belts as we move toward a 2014 start of commercial service,” Mr Branson said. “We’re going to be able to monitor if a ship is fishing illegally – we can spot it live through our satellites. We can check if people are hunting down rhinos,” Mr Branson said. Virgin Galactic is on track to begin flying passengers to space next year, with founder Richard Branson claiming the expeditions will have “transformative” repercussions for the world. Source = ETB News: P.T. The Virgin founder was quick to highlight the “transformative” prospects of this mode of travel. Speaking to delegates earlier this year at the 2013 Social Good Summit, the Virgin Group founder and serial entrepreneur claimed that commercial space travel is about to become a reality, Yahoo! News reported. Virgin Galactic plans to build a fleet of spacecraft, each capable of carrying six passengers on suborbital space flights, while Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have already signed on to visit outer-space. Virgin will transport passengers aboard its own Virgin Intergalactic craft for approximately US$250,000 return, already taking over US$70 million in deposits from 580 potential travellers.
Etihad Airways has streamlined the boarding process for its passengers by introducing mobile boarding passes on select routes.The introduction of the mobile boarding is more environmentally friendly and the airline claims it will lead to less boarding pass losses.The service will be available for guests on Abu Dhabi, London Heathrow, Manchester, Doha, Colombo, Dammam, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Minsk, Munich, and Tokyo Narita.Etihad Airways chief commercial officer Peter Baumgartner said that mobile boarding will make life easier for passengers.“Our aim is to simplify and streamline the departure and boarding experience, the elimination of paper boarding passes will be more convenient for our guests and reduce our environmental footprint, which is good for the guest, the business and for the environment,” Mr Baumgartner said.The new mobile boarding passes will include guest name, seat number, flight number, gate number and a barcode which will be scanned by an electronic reader before departure.Passengers will be able to receive mobile boarding passes directly to their smart phones or save them using the Passbook feature if they have IOS phones.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
Nikola Nikolov is the only working member of his family but, along with wife Blaga Petkova, was determined to keep the promise he made to his dying sister and bring up her children as his own.The 40-year-old Bulgarian mother of six died last year in Paphos after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, which had already spread to her bones at the time of diagnosis. Only recently have the couple received any money from the state to help support the four of her children who are living with them.“We promised to help my sister Evelina, so she moved in to our house with her children for the last year of her life. Blaga gave up work to look after her and now the kids,” the unassuming Bulgarian metal craftsman told the Sunday Mail.The couple, along with Nikolov’s sister, moved to Paphos four years ago from Malta in search of a better life and Nikola now works at a metal workshop, making furniture and other items.This is a second marriage for the two and with their own children grown, they are now putting all their energy into bringing up Evelina’s children.One of the siblings, a 14-year-old boy, lives with Nikolov’s cousin in Paphos, but the couple have the eldest of Evelina’s children, her 22-year-old daughter living with them, as well as Niko, 13, Eleni, 10, and eight-year-old Dimitri.The youngest, a four-year-old boy, lives with his Cypriot father who Evelina met in Cyprus and married after divorcing her Greek first husband.The rest of the children can expect no help from their own father who is wanted by Greek police.“He was given a 25-year prison sentence in Greece, but escaped and my sister divorced him because of what he did,” he said.The mother of six fought hard to establish a life for her and the children in Cyprus, said her sister-in-law and was determined to give the children the best life she could. All too soon, the family learned the worst possible news.“Evelina had low energy but was trying to be strong for her children and she was devastated when the doctor said she had cancer,” said Blaga.Her husband added: “When they found it, it was too late and had spread to her bones, it was everywhere and there was nothing they could do.”Stunned by the diagnosis, the couple stepped in and moved Evelina and her children into their modest, rented Paphos apartment. Blaga gave up her job to look after her sister-in-law and help with the children.“In the beginning, it was very difficult for the children when she died. It’s only now that slowly things are starting to get better and we are doing our best,” she said.The eleven long months since Evelina’s death have been emotionally and financially fraught and were made so much worse because it took that long for the state to approve social welfare payments to help feed the children, Nikola said.That they weathered those difficult months was down to a priest, Father Stylianou, from Saint Peter’s church in Paphos.“The welfare department didn’t care about us, they said they weren’t ready with the papers. If it hadn’t been for Father Stylianou, I don’t know what we would have done,” he said.Every week Father Stylianou brought food for the children to eat and offered other help and support.Though the family’s finances have improved, it is clear the family is still struggling.“I’m not the kind of person to ask for help,” said Blaga, “and although it has started to get better it is still hard.”The children, who are now learning to speak Greek and English, are slowly adjusting to their new situation although it is still really hard for them without their mother, Nikola said.He added that he always tries to buy things the children need ‘slowly, slowly’, one week for one child, and the next week for another. But the thought of Christmas is daunting.The family will hang Christmas decorations, as they did last year and give the youngsters, “the best time possible”.“We love them and will be here for them always, they are like our own children and we try to do everything for them,” they said.But whether they can give these polite, well-behaved youngsters what they are want for Christmas is uncertain. Eight-year-old Dimitri hankers for Lego while 10-year-old Eleni hopes for art supplies.Niko, who likes music and is trying to teach himself the piano, dreams of electric guitar lessons.“I have never tried to play a guitar, but I love the sound and I would love to try and play,” he told the Sunday Mail.When asked what they would like for Christmas, the modest couple said they had each other and everything they need.’ If you would like to help the family this Christmas please contact the Cyprus Mail, email@example.comYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. 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By Elias HazouBITCOIN marketers Neo & Bee said yesterday they welcome regulation of their business and look forward to more dialogue on the crypto-currency.The Cyprus-based company was responding to a fresh warning issued by authorities on Tuesday concerning the potential dangers associated with virtual currencies, such as hacking, insolvency of bitcoin exchanges, outright theft and money laundering.“Businesses that operate with bitcoin should be regulated under a sober and equally innovative framework, perhaps even under a new regulatory body,” Neo & Bee said in a statement.“Money can be stolen from any wallet, physical or digital, including bank accounts, credit cards, vaults, safes, mattresses and by trusting the wrong person,” the company noted.“Bitcoin is extremely unlikely to go to zero, whereas the euro is designed to decrease in value every year, as per the initial design of Keynes. Also, as long as Bitcoin has utility, it will have value. As long as the banking system fails to provide honest services, Bitcoin will have utility and thus value.”It added: “Cash is by far the safest and most anonymous way to complete monetary transactions for nefarious reasons, as repeatedly proven by convicted criminals around the world, who do not go to jail because they are ‘systemic’ and therefore too-big-to-jail. Systemic risks do not exist in bitcoin, and that’s why failed businesses should and must die so that the healthy ones can move on, and not take the wealth of a country and its future with it.”Neo & Bee also took a swipe at an MP of the House commerce committee, which on Tuesday held a discussion on bitcoin with the company and financial regulators.“A parliamentary representative that first heard about Bitcoin two days prior noted to the University of Nicosia (UNic) that it was ‘strange’ that they decided to accept bitcoin payments, without any other university in the world having done the same. The University of Cumbria, a public UK university, followed UNic in January.”Lack of knowledge about a subject should not stand in the way of innovation, the company said.According to the Central Bank here, bitcoin is not legal tender, but at the same time trading in the virtual currency is not illegal.Bitcoin is classed neither as a currency nor a financial instrument, and is consequently completely unregulated. Cypriot authorities appear baffled over the new technology, and are waiting on the European Union for guidance.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola