Uncertainty hindering management of marine genetic resources UN meeting told

28 June 2007Uncertainty on how to deal with marine genetic resources beyond national jurisdictions is restricting research and utilization of such resources, several experts have told a United Nations meeting taking place this week at UN Headquarters in New York. At the annual meeting of the UN informal consultations on oceans and the law of the sea, Sam Johnston, a senior researcher at UN University, told participants that the current lack of clear rules was slowing down research and use of such resources. It created uncertainty for industry, hampered information exchange among scientists and held back government efforts to negotiate arrangements on sharing the benefits deriving from such resources.Lisa Speer, of the Natural Resources Defence Council, said the legal system has fallen behind managing areas beyond national jurisdiction and called for a new implementing agreement of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the management of genetic resources in these areas.Timothy Hodges, Co-Chair of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing, said the institutional framework for marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction was poorly understood and governance structures were under debate.There was a high potential of monetary and non-monetary wealth to be derived from such resources and the outcome could be “a win-win situation,” he said, especially if the capacity-building needs of indigenous and coastal communities were met and their knowledge was recognized.Philippines’ delegate Emma Sarne said that while bioprospecting – or research and development related to marine genetic resources – for academic research was beneficial, if the materials were subsequently patented to foreign investors, the country of origin could lose control over its own marine genetic resources.The experts recommended regulations that are practical and enforceable, set out liabilities and responsibilities among all interested parties, allow work to proceed and encourage collaboration. The goal should be to facilitate access and to ensure legal certainty for scientists and bioprospectors, while retaining coastal state involvement.The informal consultations will conclude tomorrow, with the expected adoption of agreed elements feeding into the General Assembly’s resolution on the law of the sea and sustainable fisheries. read more

Indian tennis tournament serves up donation to boost UN gender initiative

The organizers of a women’s tennis tournament in India are donating $100,000 to an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that aims to encourage the emergence of gender equality around the world.Funds from the donation from the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association – the single biggest contribution so far to the initiative – will support several projects, including one in the Bangalore region of India that provides opportunities for women and girls to assume leadership roles in the community.The United States tennis ace Venus Williams, a winner of six Grand Slam singles crowns and a ‘Promoter of Gender Equality’ as part of this initiative, said she was “really inspired and motivated” by the donation from the association, which runs the Bangalore Open being held this week.“These much-needed funds will allow for the creation of a programme in this region of India that will help form future women leaders in Indian society and beyond,” she said.The UNESCO programme, run in conjunction with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour since 2006, represents the first time that the agency has partnered with a professional sports association in such a way. The partnership aims to raise awareness and funding through the named Promoters, as well as through mentoring, scholarship and fellowship projects designed to create opportunities and the kind of environment for women and girls to succeed in all walks of life. 5 March 2008The organizers of a women’s tennis tournament in India are donating $100,000 to an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that aims to encourage the emergence of gender equality around the world. read more

Accord on food security environment signed by UN agency African regional group

Signed in Rome with the Community of Sahel-Saharian States (CEN-SAD), the new cooperation accord emphasizes the importance of exchanging information, particularly effective practices and techniques for desertification control and in such areas as partnerships for capacity building. The agreement was signed by CEN-SAD Secretary General Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari and FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, FAO said in a statement issued in Rome.According to the accord, the UN agency will help the 16 CEN-SAD member countries – Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Djibouti, Eritrea, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic and Somalia – in fighting poverty and promoting food security. CEN -SAD was established in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 4 February 1998 for the promotion of peace and stability as well as for rural, social and economic development of the whole region. The new agreement falls within FAO’s Special Programme for Food Security, which was set up in 1994 and is now operational in 62 member countries. read more

Security Council team reports signs of increasing stability in West Africa

A statement issued in Bissau by the 14-member mission confirmed that in response to its demands, Ivoirian President Laurent Gbagbo confirmed that the Status of Forces Agreement with the UN would be signed by the end of this month, while technical modalities would be finalized to enable the UN peacekeeping mission (UNOCI) to start operating its radio programme. “According to a new schedule of implementation of the provisions of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, all the envisaged fundamental political reforms would be submitted to the National Assembly by 28 July 2004,” it added.The mission, which is scheduled to wrap up in Senegal tomorrow after trips to Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, is led by British Ambassador Sir Emyr Jones Parry. The other fact-finding mission members represent Algeria, Angola, Benin, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Pakistan, the Philippines, Romania, Spain and the United States. Russia did not take part.In a review so far of the trip, which began on 20 June, the mission noted improvement in Liberia’s security situation, except for the areas bordering Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. It called on donors to pay up pledges so that the Liberian National Government of Transition could continue to reintegrate ex-combatants into their communities and reduce corruption.On Saturday, the mission visited Nigeria – a country which Ambassador Jones Parry said “has such a pivotal influence both on West Africa and in the whole of Africa.”Responding to press questions, he said talks with President Olusegun Obasanjo did not touch on Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is living in Nigeria. The exiled former leader has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and terrorism in Sierra Leone, by that country’s Special Court.Concerning Sierra Leone, the statement said the country’s post-conflict peace consolidation was going well, “though much remains to be done, especially in reducing corruption, enhancing the capacity of the armed forces, reintegrating ex-combatants, and creating youth employment.” The mission teamed up with an Economic and Social Council delegation in Guinea-Bissau, where it said dramatic progress has taken place, citing successful elections in March and progress in public finance and governance. At the same time, Security Council members warned that urgent support is needed in restructuring the armed forces and developing institutional capacity.The mission commended the regional peace-building work of the Economic Commission of West Africa (ECOWAS) and called on the international community to continue supporting it. read more

ABB Dodge Passport online tool lets miners design pulleys and conveyors

first_imgPassport, an online product selection program, now offers users an application-based approach to quickly and easily design and order mechanical products used in belt conveying applications. ABB says it has enabled customers to design conveyor pulley assemblies and belt conveyors for the first time with its web-based Dodge Passport design tool. These user-friendly programs allow customers to create and order complete application-based solutions for bulk material handling applications typically found in mining and other industries.“Passport’s new conveyor pulley assembly designer allows users to select, quote and order conveyor pulley assemblies complete with shafting and mounted bearings. Real-time pricing and availability enables customers to make cost-effective selections of readily available components. After selections are complete, Passport offers add-to-order capability, allowing customers to seamlessly convert selections into orders via the PT Place e-commerce platform.”For the new belt conveyor design program, Passport uses application-specific design parameters such as capacity, material characteristics, and conveyor geometry to accurately size gear reducers, motors, conveyor pulleys, shafting, and mounted bearings. Passport also delivers a comprehensive summary that includes component details, supporting technical performance data and indexes selections for future reference.“From Torque-Arm reducer drive packages to conveyor pulley assemblies complete with mounted bearings, Dodge has a leading product offering for belt conveying applications,” says Matthew Wolford, Electronic Tools Product Manager. “Passport’s new design applications leverage over 140 years of bulk material handling expertise, guiding users through a reliable selection process for all Dodge mechanical products and accessories.”Future Passport capabilities will incorporate additional Dodge mechanical power transmission products, as well as expanding the application-based approach for packaged product solutions to a wider range of common industrial applications.last_img read more

Markus Baur to lead TVB Stuttgart

Markus BaurTVB Stuttgart TVB Stuttgart survived the first season in elite DKB Bundesliga. Team from the South avoided relegation with coach Thomas Konnig, but that wasn’t enough to keep his job there. The new name on the bench is Markus Baur, the German U 20 national team coach.Baur led Swiss Kadetten Schaffhausen. He also worked at TUS Lubbecke and TBV Lemgo. ← Previous Story Bergischer HC sign “Veszprem hero” Uros Vilovski Next Story → THW Kiel to change main sponsor after 38 years!

Man still being questioned in missing person case

first_imgA MAN IS still being questioned in relation to the 2011 disappearance of Gerard Daly.The man was arrested yesterday and is being held in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.A spokesperson from the Garda Press Office told TheJournal.ie that it remained a missing person investigation.Gerard Daly, 43, was last seen by his partner at his home in Bailieborough, Co Cavan, on the evening of 26 June 2011.In January 2012 his family launched an appeal for information about his disappearance. At the time his sister Belinda said that the family feared the worst.“He just seems to have vanished into thin air, which does not happen,” she said.Read: Man arrested in connection with missing person case >last_img

Euro falls due to Greek bailout concerns

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek government on Wednesday insisted that its goal is to continue borrowing from the open market “under the best possible conditions”. Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis, speaking during his daily press briefing, said Athens continues to view the recently created eurozone support mechanism as a major success and a possible safety net. “If necessary we will, of course, activate the mechanism.” Regardless of Greek Government attempts to ease the fear, the euro fell against the dollar on Thursday as investors speculated that debt-saddled Greece ultimately be forced to seek a financial rescue from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The single European currency slid to 1.3574 dollars down from 1.3656 late Wednesday in New York. Greece on Thursday requested discussions with the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the IMF to finalise details of a multi-year financial assistance program should the country request activation of a “support mechanism” formulated by Eurogroup ministers last Sunday. In a letter to EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet and IMF Managing-Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said Athens was seeking the talks in accordance with a statement agreed by Eurozone finance ministers. Financial markets have been on edge this week in the face of growing doubts that an EU-IMF rescue mechanism for Greece, under which Athens would be eligible for eurozone loans totalling 30 billion euros this year, would be enough to forestall a sovereign debt default. “There were reports, later denied, that Greece was planning to scale back or cancel altogether its proposed dollar-denominated debt issue due to a lack of investor interest,” said Nick Bennenbroek head of currency strategy at Wells Fargo Bank. The Greek foreign ministry said the government wants discussions with the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF on the potential aid package agreed on last Sunday. While Greece insisted it was not seeking to activate the assistance pact now, Citi European Economics analyst Giada Giani said the talks were nonetheless significant as a “formal starting point”. The IMF announced it was dispatching a team of experts to Greece next Monday at the request of authorities to discuss a possible loan, moving the country a step closer to becoming the first eurozone nation to get an IMF bailout. If the Greek government seeks aid, the lenders may require tough economic and fiscal reforms in exchange. “These probably will go well beyond the tightening measures that Greece has put in place up to now, which may help reduce the deficit for 2010 but do little to tackle Greece’s long-term solvency issues,” Citi’s Giani said.last_img read more

Former FinMin to stand trial over Lagarde list

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Pasok finance minister George Papaconstantinou faces charges of dereliction of duty, doctoring a document as well as breach of faith over allegedly removing the names of three of his relatives from the Lagarde list of suspected Greeks with undeclared cash deposits in a Swiss branch of HSBC bank. Meeting on Sunday, the five-member judicial council of a special court called to look into the case agreed with the finding of a Supreme Court prosecutor that the statute of limitations related to the alleged offences has not expired.As a former minister, Papaconstantinou would have avoided prosecution only for the May 2012 election produced a shortlived parliament. Under the law, ministers lose criminal liability if no action is taken against alleged offences during two consecutive sessions of parliament. But judges ruled that, as it sat for only 24 hours, the parliament formed after the May 2012 elections could not count as a normal session of the body. A formal investigation will now start into two alleged felonies and one misdemeanour, arising from Papaconstantinou’s handling handing of the so-called Lagarde list of over 2,000 suspected Greeks with undeclared cash deposits in a Swiss branch of HSBC bank.He is accused of removing the names of three of his relatives who had savings at an HSBC bank branch in Geneva.The former minister faces charges of dereliction of duty, doctoring a document as well as breach of faith.Papaconstantinou had been given the list in late 2010 but did not make it public. When it was published, the names of three of his relatives were missing from it.French authorities gave the list to the Greek government in 2010, on the understanding that the information would be used to fight tax evasion.Appointed to George Papandreou’s first cabinet in October 2009, Papaconstaninou finance minister when the decision was taken to request troika intervention in May 2010. He was then environment minister from June 2011 to May 2012.Source: EnetEnglish, ANA-MPAlast_img read more

New San Diego State President Adela de la Torre visits campus

first_img Ed Lenderman New San Diego State President Adela de la Torre visits campus February 8, 2018 Posted: February 8, 2018 Ed Lenderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA much-anticipated visit took place Thursday at San Diego State University.The school’s new president, Adela de la Torre, paid a visit to Montezuma Mesa for the first time.KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was LIVE with the story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Doyle Park Renovated with Accessible Playground

first_imgDoyle Park Renovated with Accessible Playground KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsUNIVERSITY CITY (KUSI) – Doyle Community Park has reopened with major improvements to their playground.The park now has accessible play equipment and walkways that meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards.Mayor Kevin Faulconer was in attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony.This is the first time this park has received renovations since it first opened in 1933. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 6, 2018 August 6, 2018last_img read more

Dish and TMobile reach divestiture deal but DOJ still needs to sign

first_img Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? 13 Photos 2:25 How fast is T-Mobile’s 5G network? We took it for a test… DIsh and T-Mobile reportedly have reached a deal to see Dish pick up assets divested as part of the T-Mobile/Sprint merger.  Josh Miller/CNET Dish Network may have saved T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint. According to CNBC, Dish and T-Mobile have reached a deal on the assets T-Mobile would be divesting as part of its planned $26.5 billion merger with Sprint. The deal, the report notes, is pending Department of Justice approval. The DOJ has been looking at Dish as a potential fourth carrier in the wake of the merger, an answer to concerns that the US cellular market would be less competitive with just AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile as national players. Last month, attorneys general from 13 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed or joined a multistate lawsuit to block the deal, arguing that competition will suffer if the US market shrinks from four major wireless carriers to three.In a second report, CNBC revealed some specifics of the deal. According to the cable network, Dish would get added wireless spectrum — the airwaves needed to broadcast cellular networks — and Boost Mobile, plus the ability to use T-Mobile and Sprint’s combined network for “about six or seven years.” CNBC says the companies could have a formal agreement next week. Dish has billions of dollars’ worth of its own spectrum to create a wireless network but has until March 2020 to utilize it or risk losing its license. The satellite provider has reportedly been hoping to gain an extension from the government as part of its negotiations to buy the divested assets. There could be a cost for buying the assets, however, beyond a sticker price. According to CNBC T-Mobile has capped any “strategic Dish investor” to a 5% investment, potentially limiting Dish’s ability to partner with a major technology company like Amazon or Google to help finance the building of its own wireless network.  T-Mobile did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. Dish declined to comment.  Rumors Dish Network Sprint T-Mobile Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comment Share your voice Tags Mobile 1last_img read more

Issues of tobacco farmers raised in Rajya Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: The problems being faced by tobacco farmers in Andhra Pradesh figured in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, with a BJP member asking the Centre to help the distressed growers. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, G V L Narasimha (BJP) said the quality of tobacco crop, including in the West Godavari district, was poor due to consecutive five-year drought in the area and farmers were not getting reasonable price for their produce. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us He said during a similar situation in 2015 a compensation package was given to farmers, and urged the Union Commerce Ministry to “extend a similar helping hand” to growers in the times of distress. The BJP also suggested liberalisation in Licensing norms for growing tobacco. He further said if tobacco farmers are to be encouraged to switch to alternative crop, a stable policy needs to be devised. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the World Health Organisation has highlighted evil effects of consuming tobacco. He said the Health Ministry and other wings of the government were trying to impress upon people to see that area under cultivation of tobacco gets reduced and progressively farmers go for alternative crops. Naidu cautioned that if the government is liberal in giving licence for tobacco cultivation, there would be glut in the market and farmers may go for distress sale. Advertise With Us TMC member Manish Gupta raised the issue of an alleged threat issued by a BJP leader to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Earlier, Naidu had not approved a notice by Gupta for suspension of Question Hour to take up the issue. The Chairman said the notice was based on a newspaper report. Making a special mention in the House, Binoy Viswam of the CPI raised the matter of death of poor people due to heat wave. He said about 500 people have died due to heat wave and expressed apprehension that many would die during the cold wave in winters. The CPI member said even after 70 years of Independence the country has to witness such deaths. This situation needs to be changed, Viswam said and demanded adequate shelter homes for poor people. He said as India would be celebrating 75 years of Independence, “no Indian should die anymore due to heat wave or cold wave”. Senior Congress member Husain Dalwai highlighted the poor condition of Muslims in the country. He said illiteracy level was highest among members of the community. He also said child labour was also very high among Muslims. Elamaram Kareem (CPI-M), in is his special mention highlighted the poor financial condition of BSNL and demanded both short term as well as long term fund infusion in the state-owned telecom firm. Meanwhile, the Chairman asked members to raise issues related to latest issues and not general issues during the Zero Hour. He said members get chance to raise general issues on several occasions, like discussions on Budget and Motion of Thanks on President’s Address.last_img read more

Is the SaudiRussian oil agreement another false dawn

first_imgOil futures spiked by over 1.5% on Monday (5 September) after Saudi Arabia and Russia – two of the worlds leading oil producers – said they would work towards seeking solutions aimed at stabilising global crude supplies.With both countries collectively pumping over 20m barrels per day of oil between them, a statement issued at the G20 summit in China calling for cooperation to support oil markets by Moscow and Riyadh saw global benchmarks extend Fridays gains supported by Russian President Vladimir Putins comments.At 13:15 pm BST, the Brent front month futures contract was up 1.51% or ¢76 to $48.02 per barrel, while the West Texas Intermediate was up 1.69% or¢ 75 to $47.49 per barrel.Despite the statement being low on details, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and his Saudi counterpart Khalid al-Falih made clear their desire to support the stability of the oil market ensuring a stable level of investment in the long term.Novak added that the agreement was a historic moment between OPEC members, among whom Saudi Arabia is the largest of oil producers, and non-members, where Russia leads the way.Saudi Arabia and Russia, along with other OPEC and non-OPEC producers, are scheduled to hold talks in Algiers on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum due to be held from 26 to 28 September.Analysts at Vienna-based JBC Energy said the announcement appeared to be on the cards for much of the weekend. It follows a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the fringes of the G20 meeting in China.Market got further [demand-side] clarity, after China released data for its strategic petroleum reserve of crude oil, showing that the reserve had reached a level of 233m barrels at the beginning of 2016, up 43m barrels from mid-2015.Analysts at ABN Amro said the development was indicative of the fact that yet another verbal intervention by major producers was needed to trigger a recovery towards $50 per barrel.If oil prices remain too low ahead of the [September] producers meeting, there is a risk that at some point Russia and Saudi Arabia actually need to act. That would probably be the last thing they want as long as Iran is raising output.Away from the oil market, precious metals headed higher after disappointing US non-farm payroll (NFP) data saw the immediate risk of a US interest rate hike recede.At 1:06pm BST, Comex gold for December delivery rose 0.28% or $3.70 to $1,330.40 an ounce. FXTM research analyst Lukman Otunuga said gold benefitted as dollar bulls were left empty handed by Fridays NFP report.Soft US jobs data may have provided a strong reason for the Fed to remain on standby in September. For December to be a live meeting for the Fed to break the tradition of central bank caution, US data may have to repeatedly exceed expectations. Nonetheless, gold is zero yielding and the dollar connect makes it quite vulnerable to rate hike speculations.Finally, Comex silver futures were 0.85% or ¢16 higher at $19.53 an ounce, spot platinum was up 0.78% or $8.31 to $1,072.15 an ounce.last_img read more

Goldmoney adds Shariahcompliant methods to boost investment from Islamic markets

first_imgAs more and more businesses look to tap demand from Islamic investors, Toronto-based Goldmoney Inc, a financial technology company that operates the world’s largest 100 percent-reserved gold-based savings and payments network, said on Monday that its network accounts and wealth holdings have been endorsed as Shariah-compliant by the Shariah Supervisory Board of Amanie Advisors. RBI-appointed panel wants Indian commercial banks to look at Islamic bankingThe Shariah Supervisory Board had earlier issued a fatwa in accordance with the Shariah standard on gold set by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and developed in cooperation with the World Gold Council. The move by Goldmoney now paves the way for Islamic investors to instantly purchase, save and transact in gold globally on its platform through the Shariah-compliant window. “Our platform democratizes access to 100% reserved and allocated gold-based savings, payments, and investment solutions, and provides citizens worldwide with the choice to save and transact in a global money that protects their purchasing power and safeguards their wealth,” said Josh Crumb, chief strategy officer of Goldmoney. According to Goldmoney, it has more than 1.3 million users across 150 countries and the company administers approximately $1.7 billion in assets.”As a company with an increasingly global client base, our compliance with Shariah law is an important step in our growth, enabling us to expand our offerings to the Islamic market,” Goldmoney CEO Roy Sebag said. Islamic finance does not allow gambling and outright speculation and also discourages paying interests, which is prohibited under Islam. Apart from a few GCC countries and Malaysia, India’s Reserve Bank in November last year proposed to open an “Islamic window” in Indian banks to gradually include the Sharia-compliant interest-free banking in the country. The Indian government and the RBI are exploring the possibility for quite some time now aiming to include those – primarily Muslims – who for religious reasons have so far opted to stay out of the country’s banking system.last_img read more

ALs juvenile wing leader hacked dead

first_imgA leader of the Jashore unit of Tarun League, ruling Awami League’s juvenile wing, fell victim to a bomb blast and was also hacked to death in the district town on Sunday night.The deceased, Monirul Islam, 38, is an organising secretary of the AL’s juvenile wing. He was a resident of police line area of the town.Santos Ghosh, 36, an activist of the ruling party’s youth wing Juba League, was also injured in the attack.Police and local people said a group of unidentified people threw bombs at Monirul and Santos in Palbari Mor area of the town around 11:30pm on Sunday night.The attackers also hacked injured Monirul with sharp weapons.After the miscreants fled the scene, local people took the two to Jessore General Hospital.Monirul, according to the physicians, died on his way to the hospital while Santos was admitted to the hospital with serious injuries.Jashore’s Kotwali police station inspector Md Shamsuddoha said, “Miscreants hurled bombs at Monirul and then hacked him to death at Palbari Mor. He might have been killed by his rivals over a power tussle in the area.”Jashore Awami League’s office secretary Mahmud Hasan confirmed to Prothom Alo that Monirul was organising secretary of Awami League’s juvenile wing of the district.According to the party officials, Jashore Awami League is divided into two groups. Local member of parliament Kazi Nabil Ahmed leads one of the factions while the district AL’s general secretary and sadar upazila parishad chairman, Shaheen Chaklader, control the members of another faction. Monirul and Santos, the party officials added, were members of Chaklader-led faction.last_img read more

Trump immigration ban loses legal battle

first_imgA federal judge blocked Saturday part of president Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban, ordering authorities to stop deporting refugees and other travelers stuck at US airports.”Victory!!!!!!” the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), whose lawyers sued the government, tweeted after US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued her decision.”Our courts today worked as they should as bulwarks against government abuse or unconstitutional policies and orders.”Trump’s sweeping executive order, signed Friday, suspends the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days and bars visas for travellers from seven Muslim majority countries for the next three months.The move, which was implemented immediately by US authorities, sparked large protests at major airports across the country. At New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, some of the 2,000 demonstrators chanted “Let them in, let them in!”Donnelly’s decision to issue a temporary stay — which stopped short of ruling on the constitutionality of Trump’s order — concerns dozens of people who were detained at US airports following Trump’s actions.The exact number of those affected is unclear, but the judge ordered the government to provide lists of all those detained at US airports since the measure went into effect.Sending those travellers back to their home countries following Trump’s order exposes them to “substantial and irreparable injury,” wrote Donnelly, who was appointed by Trump’s Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.Trump’s pronouncement on Muslim immigration makes good on one of his most controversial campaign promises to subject travelers from Islamic countries to “extreme vetting,” which he declared would make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists.”The targeted countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.Donnelly’s decision shows that “when President Trump enacts laws or executive orders that are unconstitutional, and illegal, the courts are there to defend everyone’s rights,” ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said in leaving the emergency hearing.But the battle is far from over, and another hearing was set for next month.”At minimum, they will not be returned to danger,” said ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt.”The key tonight was making sure nobody was put back on a plane.”last_img read more

Youth dies after inhaling toxic gas in septic tank

first_imgMap of NaogaonA youth died after inhaling toxic gas in a septic tank in Sadar upazila in Naogaon on Friday.The deceased was Bhutto, 23, son of Golam Mustafa of Paharpur area.Md Suhrawardi Hossain, officer-in-charge of Naogaon sadar police station, said one Ashraful Islam climbed down to their newly-built septic tank at 10 on Friday morning and fell unconscious. Getting no response from him, his neighbour Bhuutto entered into the tank and he also lost sense.Then, Bhutto’s father entered the tank and met the same fate.Later, locals rescued them and sent to Naogaon Sadar Hospital where the physicians pronounced Bhutto dead. The injured are undergoing treatment at hospital.last_img

PM nod must to suspend babus at Centre

first_imgIAS officers working under central government cannot be suspended without the nod of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a move aimed at allowing bureaucrats to take decisions without any fear of political backlash. A relief has also been provided in the revised rules to all-India services officers –IAS, IPS and IFoS –working in various states in the revised rules under which the Centre needs to be informed within 48 hours if any officer is suspended by them followed by a detailed report within a fortnight.last_img

5 Ways We Have Changed During Ubers 7 Years of Business

first_img Though Uber has weathered a number of controversies this year, ranging from the legality of its practices to the toxicity of its company culture, there is no denying that the company, which turns seven today, has had a significant effect on the worlds of transportation, technology and business. Read on for how it has changed our perspective over the past seven years.Our understanding of employment One of the main controversies that the company has weathered is in regard to how to classifies the people it employs and how that differs across the world. In October of 2016, a U.K. court ruled that Uber drivers were employees, not contractors. However, the outcome of two class action lawsuits in California in April of 2016 found that the company could classify drivers as independent contractors.Related: Before You Delete Your Account, Uber Wants You to Know It’s ‘Deeply Hurting’The rise of the gig economyA recent study conducted by McKinsey found that 20 to 30 percent of the working age population in the United States and Europe are involved in some form of independent work, due in large part to the ability to connect customers with services through digital platforms such as apps that companies like Uber live on.How we talk about on demand In Uber’s wake, a number of on-demand oriented startups have used the company to explain what they do to potential customers and investor. The Uber for X has been applied to everything from grocery and flower delivery to laundry and grooming services.Related: 7 Times Uber Has Tracked PeopleThe way we think about ownershipThe company doesn’t own its fleet of vehicles. The cars belong to the drivers the company employs. In that same vein, in recent years Uber introduced several lease programs for its drivers. Kalanick has said in the past that a company goal is to reduce the number of cars on the road.What we consider successLed by Uber, the last few years have seen a major boom — particularly in 2015 — and subsequent dropping off of venture capital investment in on-demand companies. And while Uber has been valued at $70 billion, as of the winter of 2017, it was not yet profitable.  2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 31, 2017center_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more