Native Americans Farmers and Celebrities Unite to Fight Big Oil

first_imgThe Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Vice President Al Gore are the latest public figures to join the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Jesse Jackson and Mark Ruffalo on the frontline in North DakotaCredit/Copyright: Ruth HopkinsGore released a statement saying, “I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have witnessed inspiring and brave acts by Native Americans and their allies who are defending and trying to protect their sacred sites and the safety of their sole source of water.”Jesse Jackson visited the protest camp near Cannonball, North Dakota, on Wednesday. Credit/Copyright: James MacPherson/APCivil rights activist Jackson arrived at the Standing Rock protest camp in North Dakota on Wednesday, where he told the Associated Press that he joined the water protectors “to pray together, protest together, and if necessary, go to jail together.”Notable Arrests and WarrantsActress Shailene Woodley is among those who have been arrested and strip-searched in the last several weeks. On October 10th, while streaming live on Facebook, she was taken away by armed police who singled her out from among hundreds of other peaceful protesters. She wrote about her reasons for being there for Actress Shailene Woodley Arrested At Standing Rock During Peaceful ProtestIndependent journalist Jihan Hafiz is another who was in North Dakota to report on the situation, and was also arrested and strip searched. She told the about how some of the women were searched, saying, “The way they were stripped searched, it was very humiliating. I’m talking about, like, asking the women to lift their breasts, pull apart their cheeks, do jumping jacks and go up and down, cough.” She continued, pointing out that those arrested were peaceful protesters, who were praying, rather than violent criminals. “There’s video evidence that there was no one there being violent, so the fact that they used this type of behaviour toward peaceful protesters and journalists is really troubling.”The video of Jihan’s interview after her arrest contains a warning: “Media, protect your cameras, protect yourself. They are coming after media first.”Jihan’s filming equipment was not returned to her after her release.Charges laid against those arrested include criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor offense, and have raised concerns about possible free speech violations and press intimidation.Award-winning broadcast journalist Amy Goodman was among those charged with criminal trespass, and later, rioting, when the trespassing charges were dropped, after she filmed security guards using pepper spray and dogs on protesters. While filming a dog that had been attacking protesters she says, “The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth. Why are you letting their – her – dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood.”“This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press,” said Goodman in a statement. “I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters.”Award-winning documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg has been threatened with 45 years in prison for filming an activist who turned off a TransCanada oil sands pipeline.“I did not ever intend to be the story. It’s safe on this side of the camera usually,” Schlosberg told DeSmog Blog.Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is another who has had legal action threatened against her. As a play on US political ads, she spray-painted the words, “I approve this message” on a bulldozer at the site.Dr. Stein does not deny the charges or criminal trespass and criminal mischief laid against her, however, and states, “I hope the North Dakota authorities press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs.”Supporting the Water Protectors“Going to stand with the Sioux Indians today in North Dakota to preserve the land & the sacred sites,” wrote actor Mark Ruffalo.Ruffalo arrived in North Dakota on Tuesday, and with Wahleah Johns, founder of Native Renewables, delivered Navajo-made solar trailers on Wednesday, which will power the encampments of the water protectors.Solar trailers will provide clean energy to power medical tents and other critical facilities. Credit/Copyright: Jon Wank, The Solutions ProjectOn Tuesday night, he took part in a panel with the Indigenous Environmental Network.Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo poses with Dallas Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network, outside the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.Credit/Copyright: AP Photo/James MacPherson“They are very antagonistic to people trying to save their water, they’re made out to be criminals. But each time they hit us, they lose. The more quiet and serene we are in the depth of that violence, the faster we win,” he said. “That’s where our strength is: we’re right and they know we’re right. It’s scary. I’m scared, but when we come together our fear drops.”Leonardo DiCaprio wrote on Facebook: “Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens our climate.” It has been reported that he is heading to Standing Rock this week.Matt McGorry has been working to raise awareness, sharing news items such as “Dakota Access pipeline protesters face off against armed police in riot gear” with his followers on Twitter, and donation information on InstagramMatt McGorry’s instagram post shares donation informationThe Justice League have also spoken out:Video: Justice League cast endorses Rezpect Our WaterThe protests against the controversial pipeline have led to the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years. People from over 50 tribes across the country have gathered to defend their right to clean water. The BBC reports that over 3000 people have taken part in the protest since April.“This is the first time the seven bands of the Sioux have come together since [the Battle of] Little Bighorn [in 1876],” Hawste Wakiyan Wicasa, one of the people living in a tent at protest camp in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, told the BBC. “Now, we have no weapons, only prayers. We are here for what our ancestors fought and died for. We have endured 250 years of betrayal by the white man.”The Standing Rock Sioux, other tribes and environmental groups are concerned that the water supplies for millions of people are at risk. Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are among more than 30 environmental groups who have signed a letter to President Obama calling the project “yet another example of an oil pipeline project being permitted without public engagement or sufficient environmental review.”The possibility of leaks is a concern, as the pipeline would carry 470,000 barrels of volatile Bakken crude to Illinois each day, travelling across 1,168 miles of land – some of which has been taken from farmers under the guise of eminent domain. Its route crosses the Ogallala Aquifer and the Missouri River, which provide water for millions of people.According to a Reuters analysis of government data, the company responsible for operating the DAPL, Sunoco Logistics, spills crude more often than any of its competitors, with more than 200 leaks reported since 2010. Sunoco Logistics spilled 55,000 gallons of gasoline into the Susquehanna River a week ago.“It’s not a question of if the pipeline leaks – it’s a question of when,” Susan Sarandon told at a rally on the steps of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. “We have the history of what happens with these pipelines. That’s the most important thing.“And we have the history of what we’ve been doing to Native American peoples for the last 500 years and it’s time to listen to them and stop,” Sarandon said.Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo speak with author Greg Palast backstage at a climate change rally at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, October 23, 2016.Credit/Copyright: Patrick Fallon — ReutersProtecting the PastFormer Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied against the pipeline in September, saying, “There are several basic issues that we’re discussing today and number one is the end of the exploitation of Native American people, and the respect of Native American rights, period, end of discussion.”He more recently led the call to ask President Obama to suspend all construction permits, penning a letter with a handful of other Senate Democrats, writing,“Over the past several weeks, hundreds of Native American tribes have mobilized in unprecedented solidarity to draw attention to the pipeline’s encroachment on sacred lands. Nationally, there has been a groundswell of opposition to the project. The pipeline’s construction is not only a violation of the tribal treaty rights, but has the potential to cause more damage to sacred land. Until there has been full and meaningful tribal consultation, all pipeline permits and easements should be revoked or denied.”Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said, “Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts. They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites.”“I surveyed this land and we confirmed multiple graves and specific prayer sites,” said Tim Mentz, the Standing Rock Sioux’s former tribal historic preservation officer, in the tribal press release. “Portions, and possibly complete sites, have been taken out entirely.”The Atlantic reported in its piece, The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline that in cases where a federal agency undertakes or approves a construction project, if must first consult with local Native nations or tribes about nearby sacred sites, whether or not the project is near reservation land. The committee in charge of historic preservation on behalf of Congress clearly decrees that “regulations require Federal Agencies to consult with Indian tribes when they attach religious and cultural significance to a historic property regardless of the location of that property.”“We have so much we can learn from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American tribes,” wrote Pharrell Williams on Facebook. “The children of Standing Rock ran 2,200 miles on foot to Washington, DC to save their sacred land from the oil industry. Let’s help protect them so they can continue to live in peace #rezpectourwater”.Pharrell Wililams calls attention to the children of Standing Rock’s heroic efforts#NoDAPL #ProtectCleanWater #IStandWithStandingRock #MniWiconi #rezpectourwaterCopyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Sympathy hunger strikes begin in support of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence

first_imgBy Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsDrummers and supporters gathered on the steps of Parliament Hill for day three of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike Thursday.Each day there is a growing show of support for a woman who, according to Ellen Gabriel, is brave and courageous.“We should all stand united (and) think of Chief Theresa Spence and her community and all the other communities right across Canada that are experiencing the same kind of desperation and frustration for the lack of political will,” said Gabriel.Spence’s actions are attracting international attention through social media.And many are now fasting in support. Supporters from Egypt to South Dakota are fasting.That includes Meghan Rice in England.She heard about Spence on Twitter.“The idea that people in this modern world are still willing to do that for something they believe in very deeply is something that just really moves me and it’s something I find extremely noble beyond words and so for me a one-day fast is really the least I can do when you consider the fact Chief Spence is risking her life,” said Rice.Janie Kapaquapit-Ramos is a member of Attawapiskat, but now lives in Pennsylvania.“I don’t want her to die for this. We should all be there for her,” Kapaquapit-Ramos.That’s why she is fasting too.“For me fasting represents prayer, when you pray for others to find their way because we see too much suffering by our people and they need to find their way back, so for me that’s the highest thing you can do to help others,” she said.In the Northwest Territories regional Chief Bill Erasmus has taken up the call too.last_img read more

US stock indexes climb following strong bank earnings

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are rising further Wednesday morning following strong results from major banks including Goldman Sachs and Bank of America.Technology and consumer-focused companies also traded higher. The British pound rose and Britain’s FTSE 100 stock index slipped after Parliament rejected the Brexit deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May and European leaders.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index gained 12 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,622 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 153 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 24,219. The Nasdaq composite rose 49 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,073. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks jumped 15 points, or 1 per cent, to 1,460.The S&P 500 is up 4.6 per cent so far in 2019 and is trading at its highest in more than a month.WING TIP WINNING: Goldman Sachs posted strong results from its advisory business, and that helped the company beat Wall Street’s expectations in the fourth quarter. Investors and traders endured extreme turbulence in the quarter as stock and bond markets went through huge swings. While some volatility tends to give traders an opportunity to make money, several financial firms have said that last year’s swings were far too large for that. The S&P 500 fell about 7 per cent in October and then tumbled 9 per cent in December, its worst month in nearly a decade.Goldman jumped 5.5 per cent to $189.74 and Bank of America climbed 5.4 per cent to $27.98 after its profit surged thanks to last year’s steady rise in interest rates, which has allowed it to charge customers more to use credit cards or take out a mortgage. Bank of America’s consumer banking business is by far its largest division by revenue and profits.Investment firm BlackRock rose 4.5 per cent to $418.61 and regional bank Comerica picked up 3.5 per cent to $76.62 after they reported their quarterly results.FIRST THINGS FIRST DATA: Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22 billion all-stock deal, creating a giant player in the payments and financial technology sector. Fiserv surged 16.9 per cent to $20.50 and First Data lost 7.5 per cent to $69.38.BREXIT VOTE: Britain’s Parliament will debate a vote of no-confidence May’s government a day after legislators rejected her Brexit deal by a wide margin. Britain is set to leave the European Union bloc on March 29. Economists warn that an abrupt break with the EU could batter the British economy, which would face new tariffs and other trade barriers after it is no longer part of the EU. Chaotic scenes at borders, ports and airports could also follow.That’s the outcome investors have come to expect, at least for now. That’s prevented big moves for British stocks. The FTSE 100 index lost 0.3 per cent and the pound rose to $1.2880 from $1.2834.TAKEOFF: United Continental’s profit and revenue both beat analysts’ expectations, and its stock jumped 7.7 per cent to $87.45. The company has been adding seats faster than its rivals Delta and American, but it has filled most of them, and at higher prices. American added 3.6 per cent to $33.24.FILTERED OUT: Snap slumped again after the social media company said its chief financial officer is leaving after just eight months on the job. Tim Stone is the second Snap CFO to leave in the past year and he’s part of a string of top executives who have left in recent months. A redesign of Snapchat’s service has also been heavily criticized by users.Snap went public at $17 a share in March 2017 and traded above $20 less than a year ago, but has fallen sharply since then. On Wednesday it lost 10.6 per cent to $5.85.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude edged up 0.1 per cent to $52.14 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 0.4 per cent to $60.86 a barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices dropped. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.74 per cent from 2.70 per cent.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX rose 0.2 per cent and France’s CAC 40 added 0.4 per cent. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index, weighed down by weak machinery orders in December, slipped 0.6 per cent. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.3 per cent.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP arrest male after he barricaded himself in a home

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP had the Mission Height neighbourhood on lockdown Wednesday after a man was barricaded inside a home.The RCMP asked are residents to remain in their home and avoid the area while they worked to control the situation.  The RCMP believed there was a lone male possibly armed and barricaded inside the home.The Situation on 73 Avenue in Mission Heights has been concluded. #gpab— William Vavrek (@williamvavrek) December 27, 2018 The RCMP say the incident started at around 4:09 pm.  The scene was contained by Grande Prairie RCMP officers and Police Dog Services. At approximately 6:52 pm the male was taken into police custody without further incident.The male’s identity will not be released at this time. Police continue their investigation into this matter.RCMP will issue an update when more information is available, and thank the public for their cooperation.last_img read more

Sindhu Srikanth seek to reclaim India Open crowns

first_imgNew Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off their erratic form and ensure an Indian sweep at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time. With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the country’s blue-riband tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritis, the onus will be on Sindhu and Srikanth to keep the tricolour flying at the business end of the tournament starting Tuesday. Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu, who claimed the World Tour Finals in December last year, will be the firm favourite to secure the women’s title after receiving the top billing following the pullout of Chinese top seed and reigning All Englang champion Chen Yufei due to medical reasons. The absence of Japanese players will also help Sindhu’s case. Sindhu had a decent start to the new season with a quarterfinal finish at the Indonesia Masters but a first-round exit at the prestigious All England Championship came as a major jolt. The Indian ace, who won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship in 2018, will draw inspiration from her performance in the last two editions where she had reached the finals and claimed the title in 2017. Sindhu will open against compatriot Mugdha Agrey and is expected to face fast-rising Danish Mia Blichfeldt, seeded eighth, in the quarterfinals. A win is likely to pit her against Chinese third seed He Bingjiao. Youngsters Vrushali Gummadi and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka will also be in the fray in women’s singles at the World Tour Super 500 event. The tournament will hold a lot of prominence for third seed Srikanth, who has endured a title draught for the last 17 months. With defending champion and top seed Shi Yuqi pulling out, Srikanth will be at the forefront along with former world champion Viktor Axelsen, who had claimed the title in 2017 after three back-to-back finals. Srikanth, who clinched as many as four titles in 2017, consistently reached the quarterfinals in 2018 but couldn’t come close to claiming a title with the 2017 French Open triumph being his last win. The 26-year-old from Guntur, who clinched the title in 2015, will begin his campaign against familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, and might come across fellow Indians Sameer Verma or B Sai Praneeth later as both are in the same half of the draw. Fifth seed Sameer, after reaching the semifinals at the World Tour Finals, will open against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, while Praneeth faces a qualifier. RMV Gurusaidutt too is in the same half and will start against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open for his first maiden Super Series title, is coming into the tournament after securing a final spot at the Swiss Open and he will look to extend his good run. The other half of the men’s singles draw will have HS Prannoy, Subhankar Dey, Ajay Jayaram and Parupalli Kashyap. Prannoy, troubled by a gastro-esophageal reflux disease last season, is coming to the event after competing at the Asia Mixed Team championship and will take on Thailand’s eighth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen. SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar, who had stunned Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia on way to a quarterfinal finish at the Swiss Open, will open against fourth seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto. Ajay and Kashyap, two careers marred by injuries, will look to continue their comeback with first-round matches against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei and Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu respectively. In doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty withdrew with the former still recovering from a shoulder injury. Sixth seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will lead the challenge in men’s doubles, which also features Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok. Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also be a pair to look out for after they stunned World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng last week at Hong Kong. In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will be in fray, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the best hope in mixed event.last_img read more

I have only love for Modi Rahul on attack at his father

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that despite Narendra Modi insulting his father Rajiv Gandhi, he only had love for the Prime Minister. Gandhi was addressing a public meeting at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. Prominent others present were AICC in-charge of Delhi P C Chacko, working president Haroon Yusuf, Kuljit Singh Nagra, Mangat Ram Singhal, District presidents Mohammed Usman, Hari Kishan Jindal, all former MLAs and Municipal Councillors.”Narendra Modi insulted a martyr (Rajiv Gandhi), no matter how much hatred he has for my family, I only have love for him,” Gandhi said. At a rally in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, Modi had targeted the former prime minister, while attacking the Congress president. “Your father was termed Mr Clean by his courtiers, but his life ended as bhrashtachari no 1,” Modi had said, drawing sharp reactions and criticisms from opposition leaders. Modi targeted Rajiv Gandhi on Monday as well, asking the Congress to fight the elections in the name of the “Bofors-accused” former prime minister. At the rally, the Congress chief also spoke about the minimum income guarantee promise, the party’s poll plank, and said it will boost the country’s economy. “‘Nyay’ scheme will give boost to Delhi and country’s economy,” he said. Gandhi further said with a clear voice that “Narendra Modi Ji we are going to defeat you on 23 May, and may be because of that you have become so scared that you are insulting a martyred leader who is respected the world over”. Gandhi said that nothing can be gained in the world through hatred, “but you have gone far too ahead on the road to hatred”. He assured Modi that the Congress party will not hate him at a personal level. He said that the Congress party believes in a political battle based on issues and wins the battle. Gandhi said that educated people live in Delhi and they have very well understood your wrong doings. You have destroyed them through demonetization and GST, and I get complaints on these matters on a daily basis. He said that the kind of hatred the people of Delhi nurse against the BJP will have to be borne by you Modiji. Rahul Gandhi assured the youth and traders of Delhi that the Congress party will come to power at the Centre and then they will get relief from the terrible suffering they underwent under the Modi Government. He said that the Congress party will chart out a new path in which every one will get justice, and new development route will be opened.last_img read more

Morocco Moves forward to Establish First Islamic Bank in 2017

By Sekar KrisnauliRabat – Morocco’s central bank will start to issue approvals for Islamic banks by the end of this year and aimed for the banks to begin business operation in early 2017, announced Bank Al-Maghrib Thursday.Representatives of the central bank said it had received seven requests to open Islamic banks and three to open windows selling Islamic finance products, Reuters reported. Two Gulf banks requested to establish fully owned subsidiaries while four others are partnering with local banks. Lhassane Benhalima, the central bank’s head of banking supervision, said the Moroccan bank CIH is partnering with Qatar International Islamic Bank and Morocco’s CDG to establish an Islamic bank subsidiary.Morocco’s BCP chose Guidance Financial Group, BMCE Bank opted for Bahrain-based Al Baraka Banking Group, and Attijariwafa Bank plans to build its own business without a foreign partner, Benhalima added.Emirates NDB and Masraf Al Raya, Dubai’s largest bank and Qatar’s second-largest lender, respectively, have requested to open Islamic banking subsidiaries in Morocco, Benhalima said. Subsidiaries of French banks Societe Generale, Credit du Maroc, and BMCI, have only asked for permission to sell Islamic financial products, according to a Reuters report.Islamic bank and insurers are setting up in Morocco, and the central bank has set up the Sharia Committee, a central sharia board with Morocco’s body of Islamic scholars, to oversee the new financial sector. The committee is tasked to monitor Islamic banking products and transactions to assure conformity with Islamic law.Benhalima said the central bank has planned to form an Islamic interbank market and encouraged the government to issue regular sukuk (Islamic bonds) to ensure the industry’s liquidity, Reuters reported.“We expect the treasure to issue the first sukuk [ever] in the domestic market in the coming months,” he said.Local reports have suggested that there were plans to establish the first fully operating Islamic bank in 2016 since the government adopted legislation that allows Islamic banking and insurance in January 2014. Moroccan lawmakers have argued that there was “a delay in authorizing Islamic banks,” according to the Middle East Monitor.The country’s experts believe establishing Islamic banks would pave the way for a new finance industry, open doors for more investment opportunities within and outside the region, and reinvigorate Morocco’s sluggish economy.Islamic finance is based on religious principles that avoid interest and monetary speculation. The industry has grown rapidly over the past decade – growing at 10 to 12 percent annually, according to the World Bank – as it broadens its investor base across the Middle East and North Africa Region and Southeast Asia.The industry has proven to emerge as an effective tool to fund worldwide development, including non-Muslim countries. Mainstream financial markets have discovered the industry’s potential to address international economic challenges, World Bank reported.The World Bank and the General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions, the global umbrella of Islamic Financial institutions, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2015 to enhance the development of Islamic finance worldwide and expand its investor base. read more

Heavy lifting required to fill looming BC labour shortage

Heavy lifting required to fill looming B.C. labour shortage AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Shipbuilding contracts, new liquefied natural gas plants and a booming mining sector are being hailed for keeping British Columbia afloat as worldwide economies falter, but they bring along a topsy-turvy problem.Jobs are expected to abound here in the next decade, but there won’t be enough trained workers to fill them.Recognizing a looming labour shortage in industries from construction to natural resources, the provincial government has embarked on a mission to make blue-collar work more attractive.Those in the field say the B.C. Liberals’ plan is just the start of the heavy lifting needed to build up the necessary manpower.“There’s no silver bullet to solving the skills shortage, because the demographic issue that we’re all facing … has been creeping up on us and you can’t produce more kids overnight,” said Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of B.C., which represents 85 per cent of construction work done in the province.“The government’s job is really to set the foundation — having the schooling in place, make sure the technology is current and up to date, and then they should just get out of the way and let the industry do what it does best.”The government is projecting that among the one million job openings expected by 2020, 43 per cent will require skilled workers. It predicts there will be a gap of 22,000 to 32,000 people in northern B.C. alone.According to government figures, between 2010 and 2020, the province will require 435,490 technical or skilled workers with a college or trade certificate. That compares to a need for 364,070 professional workers with a university education.Just under 200,000 workers with a high school diploma will be needed while those without a high school education will find just over 34,000 job openings.More than a year after the B.C. Liberals unveiled their provincial jobs plan, the premier followed up earlier this month with an additional plan to develop the requisite skills and training to fill the positions.The range includes heavy-duty equipment technicians, carpenters, commercial transport mechanics, cooks, construction workers, electricians, metal fabricators, industrial mechanics, plumbers and sheet metal workers.The training strategy strongly emphasizes promoting careers in the trades, with a goal of boosting the number of high school graduates going into technical programs — instead of universities — by 50 per cent, among other initiatives.Premier Christy Clark said the plan represents a “fundamental change” to how young people are prepared for entering the workforce, though only $75 million has been unveiled as part of this year’s overall $1.9 billion advanced education budget.The cash will be used to renovate facilities at both Okanagan College in Kelowna and Camosun College in Victoria, as well as fund upgrades to trades-related equipment at several other institutions.It does not represent any new investment, with some of the funds shifting from other spending areas within the education budget.More so, the plan revolves around shifting traditional thinking about what professions should be valued by society, said Advanced Education Minister John Yap.“The shift is this: We need to promote the trades, and where there may have been a view that perhaps a career in trades is not desirable — that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Yap said.“We’re saying to families you should think about this, our youth should consider the trades as an option for a rewarding career, where they can get well-paying jobs that can meet the needs of communities around B.C.”Government figures state that currently, research intensive universities receive 55 per cent of all taxpayer-funded operating money, while colleges and institutes receive about 28 per cent.The Liberals’ plan also includes creating more opportunities for apprenticeships, introducing 15 new jobs coaches, speeding up the certification process and recruiting more foreign temporary workers, among others.The official opposition calls the Liberals’ plan an “afterthought” in a crucial jobs plan.NDP skills training critic Gwen O’Mahoney contends the government should focus on making trades training affordable and should put greater efforts into boosting apprenticeship completion rates.B.C. joins several other provinces whose economies depend on skilled labour, such as oil and agriculture-reliant Alberta and Saskatchewan, with its forests, mines and potash, said Douglas Watt, a research director at the Conference Board of Canada.“The training that’s going on, investment is both longer term and shorter term (in) vision,” he said. “Most provinces are doing similar efforts to what B.C. is doing.”That includes tapping into under-utilized groups in society such as immigrants, aboriginal people, women and people with disabilities, he said.Some of the province’s top research universities say they’re lending a hand too, adapting programs so graduates are more employable, said Jon Driver, vice-president academic at Simon Fraser University.“I don’t see this as being a threat in any way to other areas or components of the post-secondary system,” he said.The challenge lies not only in filling the current knowledge gaps but ensuring workers have leading-edge skills as companies constantly innovate their methods.“We’ve always placed a premium on doctor, dentist, lawyer … but rarely does somebody wake up and say, ‘You know son? I’d really like you to learn how to weld aluminum,’” said Greg D’Avignon, president of the Business Council of B.C.He said governments seem to have awakened to the new requirements of the labour force starting with the 2008 global recession.“You don’t change that unless you start to really focus on programs and opportunities and expose kids to it.” by News Staff Posted Sep 30, 2012 4:00 am MDT read more

On World Refugee Day UN urges support solidarity for record number of

“We reflect on the courage of those who fled and the compassion of those who welcome them,” the Secretary-General said in his video message for World Refugee Day, marked annually on 20 June.He noted that more people than ever in our lifetimes are fleeing war, disasters and persecution. “Hardship, separation, death,” Mr. Guterres said, recalling nightmare stories heard from refugees and displaced persons, whose number rose 300,000 since the end of 2015.Conflicts have displaced 12 million Syrians, 7.7 million Colombians, 4.7 million Afghans and 4.2 million Iraqis, according to a report released yesterday by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Despite the hardships of fleeing with nothing, “they never lose their dreams for their children or their desire to better our world,” Mr. Guterres said. “They ask for little – only our support in their time of greatest need and our solidarity.” The UN chief said it is “so inspiring to see countries with the least doing the most for refugees.” According to the report, about 84 per cent of the people were in low- or middle-income countries as of end 2016. Of that figure, one in every three people, roughly 4.9 million people, were hosted by the least developed countries. To mark the Day, Mr. Guterr will hold a press conference in New York later today. When we stand #WithRefugees, we also stand for respect and diversity for allIn his remarks, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said the Day is also a moment to recognize those communities and people around the world who receive refugees and the internally displaced in their midst, offering them a safe place, and welcoming them in their societies. In a world in which uncertainty often abounds; economic instability, political upheaval and violence close to home “can make us want to shut our eyes or close our doors. But fear and exclusion will not lead us to a better place – they can only lead to barriers, alienation and despair,” he stressed.“It’s time to change this trajectory. And for the better,” he stated, noting that in countless communities, including in the poorest countries that host the vast majority of the world’s refugees, business people, faith communities, teachers, journalists and many more are joining together to provide refuge to the displaced and foster their inclusion in their societies. “Inclusion requires opening our minds, hearts and communities to refugees. It requires a whole of society approach,” Mr. Grandi underscored. World Refugee Day is a moment to ask what each of us can do to overcome indifference or fear and embrace the idea of inclusion, “to welcome refugees to our own communities, and to counter narratives that would seek to exclude and marginalize refugees and other uprooted people,” he emphasized. UN agencies join forces to support financial service providers to reach forcibly displaced peopleEmerging evidence shows that affordable access to financial services can help forcibly displaced people cope with negative shocks, reduce exposure to risk, and stimulate economic activity at community levels, and to that end, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and UNHCR launched today the first technical assistance (TA) facility to provide access to financial services to refugees and forcibly displaced people, as well as host communities. According to the UNCDF, the facility will extend grants, loans and technical assistance to a range of providers – Digital Identification, financial services, remittance services, mobile money operators, mobile network operators, and aggregators – via requests for support issued by the Facility. The expected use of funds from the facility includes, but is not limited to, feasibility and market assessments for the UNHCR priority countries, product and channel development, MIS updates and enhancements, and expansion of non-financial services such as financial education, access to IDs, and consumer protection.The TA facility will initially target 10 countries, the bulk of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. With UNHCR’s deep knowledge of refugees and its country presence joined with UNCDF’s technical expertise in financial inclusion of last mile populations, digital financial services, consumer protection, youth and women’s economic empowerment, this joint effort will result in increased resiliency of these underserved markets. read more

Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism Oxford

first_imgStudents who avoid making eye contact with their peers could be guilty of racism, according to Oxford University’s latest guidance.The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told.Oxford University’s Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that “some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence.“But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong”.  Students celebrating matriculation at Oxford University  Students celebrating matriculation at Oxford UniversityCredit:Francisco Martinez / Alamy Glasgow University on GilmorehillCredit: John McKenna / Alamy Universities have been accused of pandering to the “snowflake generation” of students, who are seen as over-sensitive and quick to take offence.Dr Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education the University of Kent, said the guidance was “completely ridiculous” and will make students “hyper-sensitive” about how they interact with one another.“Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime,” Dr Williams told The Telegraph. “They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.”Dr Williams, who is author of Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity, said that Oxford University’s guidance was “overstepping the  mark” by telling students “how they should feel and think”. Last year Oxford law students were told they could skip lectures covering violent cases if they feared the content would be too “distressing”  Last year Oxford law students were told they could skip lectures covering violent cases if they feared the content would be too “distressing” Credit: eye35.pix / Alamy Stock Photocenter_img She said: “Instead of people seeing each other as potential friends, equals, these re-racialise academia, they force people to see each other as a person of colour, they force people to be put into boxes about identity. The University of Glasgow has started issuing “trigger warnings” for theology students studying the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, whereby students are told they may see distressing images and are given the opportunity to leave.The term “snowflake generation” was one of Collins Dictionary’s 2016 words of the year. Collins defines the term as “the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations”.An Oxford University spokesman said: “The Equality and Diversity Unit works with University bodies to ensure that the University’s pursuit of excellence goes hand in hand with freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity. The newsletter is one way of advising and supporting staff towards achieving these aims.” “It is really problematic – it means people can’t relate to each other naturally, they have rules in the back of their mind and they can’t be spontaneous as their interactions are all overlaid with the desire to follow all these rules.”Last year Oxford law students were told they could skip lectures covering violent cases if they feared the content would be too “distressing”.Earlier this year it emerged that Cardiff Metropolitan University banned phrases such as “right-hand man” and “gentleman’s agreement” under its code of practice on inclusive language.The university guidance dictates that “gender-neutral” terms should be used where possible, adding that students should not allow their “cultural background” to affect their choice of words. Glasgow University on Gilmorehill 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.last_img read more

Rare Condition Red forest fire warning issued as highs of 30 degrees

first_img Jun 26th 2018, 8:14 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Rare Condition Red forest fire warning issued as highs of 30 degrees forecast tomorrow Temperatures are due to range between 24 to 30 degrees tomorrow, according to Met Éireann. Image: Eamonn Farrell via 24,167 Views Share153 Tweet Email1 Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews.iecenter_img A CONDITION RED danger warning for forest fires has been issued by the Department of Agriculture in advance of further high temperatures this week.Temperatures are due to range between 24 to 30 degrees tomorrow and conditions are forecast to remain warm throughout the week.The Condition Red warning replaces an Orange High fire risk warning that has been in effect since last Thursday.Condition Red is the highest level warning and is rare in Ireland. Under extreme fire risk conditions, any ignition may give rise to rapid and unpredictable wildfire development and spread, particularly in dead grass and low moisture shrub fuels like gorse and heather.Fires at this time of the year can also have a devastating impact on wildlife and habitats, especially fledging birds and young mammals living in affected areas.Fire prevention plansThe Department of Agriculture is recommending that forest owners act immediately to implement fire prevention plans, and to be prepared for the likelihood of fire outbreaks on or around their property.The highest levels of vigilance and cooperation with neighbouring landowners are required at this point, the Department said.It added that landowners and managers should ensure that the use of open fires, barbeques and other potential ignition sources does not take place on forest lands and other public areas during the current hot weather.Similarly, the farming community is being asked to be particularly vigilant with regard to the use of machinery around hay meadows and to refrain from the use of fire on cultivated farmland.Where the general public come into contact with fire outbreaks at or near recreational areas, the following actions should be taken by visitors in the interest of safety: Do not cause or light fires in and around open land.Dispose of smoking materials responsibly.Do not attempt to intervene or fight fires under any circumstances.Gather all family/group members and move to a safe fuel-free location such as a car park, upwind of the fire.Telephone Fire and Rescue Services via 112 and report the fire and its location.Evacuate if instructed to do so. Cooperate with all emergency service instructions. Short URL 30 Comments Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 8:14 PM By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

Mobile food bank open Wednesday

first_imgA local nonprofit is continuing its once-a-month test of Wednesday evening food distributions.The Lewis River Mobile Food Bank will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark County Fire & Rescue station at 38615 N.E. 41st Ave. The distribution site is about three miles northeast of La Center, near Highland Lutheran Church.The mobile food bank has been helping hungry people in north Clark County for almost three years, with Sunday afternoon distribution sessions in four locations.Now the food bank is seeing if it can widen its clientele by expanding the schedule.“It’s a pilot program on Wednesdays to see if there are people we are not reaching, who can’t come on Sundays,” said Candice Howell, one of the organizers.“As far as I know, no other food banks in Clark County are open during the evening,” Howell said.That can be an issue for some of the working poor who live in rural areas. By the time they can drive to a food bank after work, it’s closed, Howell said.“We decided to try a weeknight, to see if there were some people we could reach,” Howell said.The mobile food bank started the pilot program on Sept. 12; people from two households came by for groceries, she said.“Neither were able to come on Sundays, and they were happy to see us there on Wednesday,” she said.The pilot program’s final Wednesday distribution will be Nov. 14.Then the food bank’s board will decide whether to continue the Wednesday distributions, Howell said.The normal monthly schedule, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:• First Sunday: View Fire Station, 37604 N.E. 119th Avenue, La Center;• Second Sunday: Fire District 2 station, 314 N.W. 389th St., La Center;• Third Sunday: Yacolt Evangelical Free Church, 509 W. Cushman, Yacolt;• Fourth Sunday: La Center Evangelical Free Church, 111 E. Fifth St., La Center.People interested in helping can call the food bank’s message line at 360-263-5763 or email read more

Sands China says 25 of shuttle bus fleet now running on clean

first_img Mass market segment helps Sands China to 1.4% revenue growth in 2Q19 Sands China Ltd has revealed that 25% of its guest shuttle bus fleet is now running on compressed natural gas (CNG) technology as Macau’s concerted push to become a “clean city” picks up steam.In a Monday announcement, the company said it now operates a total of 38 clean energy buses, having been the first Macau integrated resort to use CNG-powered buses when it rolled out 30 for the launch of the Parisian Macao in September 2016. The Parisian’s entire fleet operates on clean energy. Sands China was also the first to operate an all-electric bus, which was introduced as a team member shuttle in November 2014.The Macau IR operator said it plans to have 30% of its fleet running on clean energy by the end of the year with that number to push skyward in 2019 and beyond.“Sands China is very pleased to support the sustainability initiatives of the Macao SAR government,” said Mark McWhinnie, Sands China’s Senior Vice President of resort operations and development.“Sustainable operations are at the core of our business philosophy and utilizing clean energy vehicles is one of the many ways we work to decrease our carbon footprint and lesson our environmental impact. Sands China is a proud member of the Macau community and we consider it a responsibility and a privilege to be the environmental stewards for future generations.” Macau casino stocks enjoy strongest day since December on rising GGR Sands China announces special one-off award for 99% of staff RelatedPosts Load Morelast_img read more

Tata to Launch Nano Plus Will Tatas Cheapest Car Get New Lease

first_imgEarlier this month, we had reported that Tata’s cheapest offering Nano is getting a makeover with Nano Diesel and Nano Twist. It is now being said that besides Nano Twist and Diesel, Tata Nano Plus, a new variant is also in the offing.Following the launch of Nano Twist and Nano Diesel, Nano Plus, a new model would hit the Indian markets soon, according to the Economic Times. Tata would offer the new variant of Nano with exciting features like front disc brakes, improved aircon, bucket seats, new dashboard, LED headlamps and fog lights, revised hood styling and open-able tail.Tata appears to be trying hard to make Nano the Indian auto aficionados’ car with the strategic reposition of the vehicle. Nano, which was expected to capture the common man’s taste in the domestic market failed to do so when launched in the country. Even though the maker of the car made numerous attempts to revive Nano’s market in the sub-continent, the effort did not yield good result.However, Tata was not ready to give up just yet. The news of Nano coming in new avatars has been hitting the headlines for quite some time. Interestingly, Tata group’s chairman Ratan Tata, who dreamt of making Nano poor man’s car, recently opined that labeling Nano as the cheapest car was unfortunate and the company is planning to re-launch the car in new avatars. “We are on the fast journey in making the transformation, making sure all the fundamentals are in place, in trying to create aspiration around the brand, but a slow journey in making sure we don’t mess (up) on the fundamentals,” a company spokesperson told ET adding, “We should see a tipping point in the next six months’ time.”At present, Nano is available in five variants which include Tata Nano STD, Tata Nano CX, Tata Nano LX, Tata Nano CNG CX and Tata Nano CNG LX. The petrol variant of the car is powered by a 0.6-litre MPFI engine, which churns out a power of 37.4 bhp and a peak torque of 51 Nm. The engine is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.The upcoming Nano diesel is speculated to pack an 800 cc common rail diesel engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 40.2 bhp and torque of 70 Nm. Earlier reports suggested that the diesel Nano is likely to offer a mileage of 30+ kmpl, which is currently the best in the Indian market.Additionally, Tata is also gearing up to offer its least expensive car with power steering developed by ZF. The new avatar of Tata Nano with power steering will be called Nano Twist and will be launched in the market on 15 January, 2014.last_img read more

Rupee makes a turnaround amid optimism over PM Modis reelection becomes Asias

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:57Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Know about the new 100 currency notecenter_img A better probability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting a second term after an escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan has had an unlikely gainer — rupee. In a matter of five weeks, the rupee has made a dramatic turnaround to become Asia’s best-performing currency from its worst. The optimism after several exit polls showed a spike in approval ratings of the prime minister has led to robust flows into local shares and debt, turning the carry-trade returns on the rupee to the highest in the world in the past month.The currency is set to rally further if PM Modi wins a second term, Gao Qi, a currency strategist at Scotiabank in Singapore told Bloomberg. A dovish tilt by major central banks across the world amid weakening growth could also lead to investors chasing high returns in emerging economies. Around 11 central banks have eased monetary policy this year, while just three have tightened policy. Qi expects the rupee to strengthen to around 67 per dollar by June-end.A sudden surge in the inflow of dollars has sent the rupee to its highest level since August, prompting profit booking that led to the currency witnessing a drop on Tuesday after six trading sessions of continuous gains. In the year-to-date, foreigners bought a net $3.3 billion of shares, accounting for over half of total inflows of $5.6 billion in the period. Foreign investors have also raised holdings of bonds by $1.4 billion this month. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, borrowing in dollars to purchase rupee assets has earned 3.8 per cent over the past one month, the best carry-trade return in the world. A customer hands Indian currency notes.REUTERS”The market is pricing in a Modi victory as there are no other factors that explain the sudden change of mood,” Anindya Banerjee, an analyst at Kotak Securities told the media agency.Several opinion polls show the ruling coalition-led by PM Modi may get over 272 seats in the Lok Sabha needed to form the next government. Polling will start on April 11 and results are slated to come out on May 23. Besides improved sentiments, carry traders are eager to long rupee and short other low-yielding currencies, including the dollar.Investor optimism on rupee is also reflected in the derivatives market, where one-month options conferring the right to sell the rupee now cost 19 basis points more than those to buy. “Global conditions — dovish Fed and ECB — have turned more supportive and domestically, increased confidence in the BJP’s prospects and a recovery in portfolio flows have been the key driver for the rupee,” said Dushyant Padmanabhan, a currency strategist at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Singapore.Other indicators such as three-month implied volatility, which is used to gauge expected swings used to price options, too point towards a stronger rupee. The volatility gauge fell to 5.87 per cent on Friday, the lowest level since August.last_img read more

ADB to sanction 250 mn loan for Keralas postflood reconstruction

first_imgAFP/Getty ImagesThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has reportedly promised to provide a loan of $250 million to help Kerala get back into shape after the 2018 floods. It comes a month after the World Bank sanctioned a $250 million loan for the state.According to reports, the money provided by ADB will be used to provide 24×7 drinking water in cities like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.”While the financial assistance from the World Bank and KFW have been completed, the discussions with the ADB are in the final stages,” a government official was quoted as saying by The Times of India.Kerala is expected to make its first withdrawal from the fund by September 28. The loan from World Bank, ADB and KFW, a German agency, is Rs 9,700 crore while the estimated cost of damage incurred by the state during the 2018 floods was Rs 39,000 crore.The water resources department is batting for the funds provided by ADB. They have submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore. “The water resources department has submitted a proposal for projects worth Rs 700 crore that include post-flood repair and maintenance of dams, regulators, canals and irrigation structures, replacing energy inefficient pumps and electrical systems in KWA with solar energy-based systems and completion of ongoing KWA schemes,” B Ashok, the Secretary (Water Resources) told TOI.On the other hand, the public works department will fully avail the funds loaned by KFW. The PWD will put the Rs 1,750 crore to widen roads and build bridges.”As many as 55 roads have been selected from Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Wayanad and Thrissur. These roads will be climate-resilient roads. The DPRs for these have been prepared,” G Kamala Vardhana Rao, the Principal Secretary (PWD) had said.The forest and wildlife department is set to receive Rs 400 crore from the funds. The forests also saw a massive amount of devastation in the floods. With the money, the forest department will build the north-south elephant corridor as well as implement relocation of private estates in forests.last_img read more

21Aug grenade attack case arguments start 23 Oct

first_img21 august grenade attack. File PhotoA Dhaka court is scheduled to start hearing the closing arguments on 23 October in a case lodged over grenade attack at the rally of the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, now prime minister, in capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue on 21 August 2004, reports state-run BSS news agency.BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman, Jamaat-e-Islami’s executed secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar were among others charge-sheeted in 2012 following a fresh investigation into the matter after Awami League (AL) government came to power in 2009.”Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 is set to hear the arguments on 23, 24 and 25 October, to complete the trial over one of the most brutal and heinous attacks on political leaders and activists,” Syed Rezaur Rahman, chief prosecutor in the sensational case, told BSS.A total of 225 prosecution witnesses testified in the case, while 20 witnesses were produced by the defence.A total of 24 AL leaders and workers including the then Mahila Awami League president and wife of late president Zillur Rahman, Ivy Rahman, were killed and 500 others were injured in the attack. Sheikh Hasina and the front ranking leaders escaped the carnage narrowly.According to the case documents, then sub-inspector Faruk Hossain of Motijheel police station filed the case on 22 August 2004.Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior ASP Fazlul Kabir on 11 June 2008, filed the charge sheet in the case against 22 people including chief of Bangladesh chapter of banned militant outfit Harkat-ul Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) Mufti Abdul Hannan.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 on 3 August 2009, ordered further investigation, accepting a plea of the prosecution.New investigation officer and superintendant of police of CID Abdul Kahar Akand on 3 July 2011, filed two separate charge sheets, one for murder and another under explosive substances act, against total 52, including BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.”Of the total 52 accused, 18 are yet to be arrested, eight are on bail and the rest are behind the bars. Former Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid has been hanged in crimes against humanity case, while Mufti Hannan and his associate Shahidul Alam Bipul have been executed for 2004 grenade attack at Shah Jalal shrine in Sylhet and their names have been dropped from the case,” advocate Mosharraf Hossain Kajal, special public prosecutor, told BSS.Of the high profile accused in the case, former state minister for home affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar, former deputy minister for information Abdus Salam Pintu are in jail.Former top officials of police Ashraful Huda, Shahudul Haque, Khoda Boksh Chowdhury, SP Ruhul Amin, ASP Atikur Rahman and Abdur Rashid are on bail in the case.According to the intelligence sources, of the fugitives, Tarique Rahman is in London, Shah Mofazzal Hossain Kaikobad in the Middle East, Mohammad Hanif of Hanif Enterprise is in Kolkata, retired major general ATM Amin in the USA, retired lieutenant colonel Saiful Islam Joardar in Canada, Ratul Babu in India, Anisul Morsalin and Mohibul Mottakin are in Indian jail and Mawala Tazuddin is in South Africa.last_img read more

Prince Georges County Honors Excellence in Business

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROThe titans of Prince George’s county were gathered at the Gaylord National Harbor to honor new, innovative and community legends during the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards Gala.Rep. Steny Hoyer, County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, and many new and veteran leaders were among those honored at an event that celebrated business in the county.County Executive Rushern Baker and State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks stand on stage at the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Business Awards Gala. (Photo by Hamil Harris)“Tonight we are honoring the best of the best,” said NBC 4 anchor Leon Harris, who joined Praise 104’s Cheryl Jackson to host a three-hour event that honored business and civic leaders who have been transforming the county into a vibrant example of economic prosperity.Looking across a room filled with lawmakers and business leaders dressed to the nines, David C. Harrington, president and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce exuded so much pride as he welcomed people to an event in the RiverView Ballroom.“Tonight is about you! Your accomplishments, your persistence and your service on enhancing Prince George’s quality of life,” Harrington wrote in the gala program presented by Kaiser Permanente.Brunson Cooper, managing director of Corenic Construction, received the Millennial Entrepreneur of the year; Donna Cooper, president of Pepco, was named Business Woman of the Year; 2U was named Business of the Year, J.D. Clark Professional Services was named Small Business of the Year and Tonia Wellons, vice-president of Community Investment was named Community Leader of the Year.The night was a time to celebrate as well as a time to remember. Baker and Alsobrooks joined the Prince George’s County Police to honor Sgt. MuJahid A. Ramzziddin, who gave his life trying to help a victim of domestic violence. His widow accepted the award.NGEN received the IT Company of the Year; Dewberry was honored as Innovative Business of the Year; and two firms, Team Durant and the Metro Points Hotel, received Community Partner Awards.Inducted into the Chambers Hall of Fame was Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College; Thomas Graham, the retired president of Pepco Holdings and B. Doyle Mitchell, CEO of Industrial Bank.Hoyer, who is in his 38th year in Congress, received the Trailblazer Award and he used the occasion to tell people wherever he goes that he is, “from Prince George’s County,” and not “PG,” he said.  “You don’t call Prince William County PW County.  We are a model for the rest of the country.”Baker also received a “Special Award,” and used the occasion to praise “the best wife in the world,” and to talk about how far the county has come since he took office.Baker said that he was confident that with the election of  Alsobrooks as the county executive the county is being  put into good hands.  “I am so happy,” Baker said.last_img read more

Mamata takes a dig at BJP through poem on the eve of

first_imgKolkata: On the eve of the announcement of the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to constitute the 17th Parliament, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has written a poem titled ‘Jaruri’ on Wednesday. In the poem, Banerjee has mentioned the recent incidents involving the Centre.Through the verses, she has repeatedly hinted at the emergency-like situation that has prevailed in the country throughout the tenure of the Modi government. In the poem, she has mentioned about note ban through the line-“Madhyo rate siddhanto- otao jaruri…” while also taking a dig at the meditation of Narendra Modi in a cave at Kedarnath through the line- “Ganatantra Guhae- otao jaruri.”last_img