Former BC premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual assault British newspaper

first_imgLONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell.The Daily Telegraph says Scotland Yard is investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner.The newspaper says in a story published online on Friday that the complainant alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January.The woman is named by the newspaper, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent.The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday.Campbell also could not be reached for comment but the Daily Telegraph says a spokesman for him says the alleged incident was investigated and dismissed.“This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit,” the newspaper quotes the unnamed spokesman as saying.The newspaper says Scotland Yard issued a statement confirming it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault that occurred in 2013 after it was contacted by a 54-year-old woman on Jan. 3. The statement says the woman alleges she was sexually assaulted at an address in Grosvenor Square and that no arrests have been made as it continues its investigation.The Canadian Press was not able to contact the woman quoted by the Daily Telegraph.The Daily Telegraph says the woman alleges a “hand went up my backside” as she climbed the main staircase at Canada House on her way to a meeting.Global Affairs Canada could not be reached for comment.Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Agreement on new climate change pact crucial to future of humanity says

28 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need for countries to ‘seal the deal’ at a major climate change conference later this year in Copenhagen, stressing that a successful outcome is crucial for the planet and the future of humanity. “We have about three months until the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December in Copenhagen – three months to reach an agreement that will determine the future of our planet,” Mr. Ban said at a ceremony in the Austrian capital to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN headquarters there, known as the Vienna International Centre.When they meet in December, Member States are expected to agree on a new pact on slashing greenhouse gas emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012. In his address at the anniversary ceremony – attended by around 1,000 people – the Secretary-General also spoke about the importance of the work of all the Vienna-based UN organizations, which include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), among others.“From outer space to the human heart, this Vienna International Centre has done far more than witness history it has brought great progress to our world,” he said. “Every office here, every single member of the UN family in Vienna, is making a major difference in people’s lives.”The UN chief added that he had “left half his heart in Vienna,” after serving as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Austria some 10 years ago. While in Austria, Mr. Ban is also scheduled to make a private visit to the President’s summer residence. He will then go to Tyrol where he will address the Alpbach Retreat 2009, which focuses on the theme, “The UN Security Council and the Protection of Civilians: Improving Effectiveness and Accountability.” The Secretary-General’s current trip also includes a stop next week in Svalbard, Norway, to see first hand the impact of climate change on the Arctic. The visit is part of his efforts to push for action ahead of the December conference and follows a similar trip to Antarctica in 2007. “This will be a very important experience,” he told reporters today following a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger. “I am going to send out to the international community a strong message, so that we will be committed even further to seal the deal in Copenhagen.” With only 100 days left before the December meeting, the UN is launching Global Climate Week from 21 to 25 September. The Secretary-General is calling on communities around the world to take advantage of that week to encourage leaders to reach a fair, balanced and effective agreement on climate change. Events are planned in more than 120 countries for this first Global Climate Week, which coincides with the summit on climate change being convened by Mr. Ban on 22 September in New York.The UN is also encouraging communities, businesses and individuals to add their voices to the Seal the Deal! campaign during Global Climate Week by signing the online Climate Petition, which will be presented by civil society to governments at the Copenhagen meeting.UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said that a deal reached at Copenhagen “is so essential on a planet of 6 billion people, [that is] rising to over 9 billion people by 2050.”He added that a deal would also serve as “perhaps the biggest and most far-reaching stimulus package of 2009 and beyond.” read more

Brock researcher examines childrens memory seeks participants

Caitlin Mahy works with young children on memory-related tasks. She is seeking participants for her research.Many parents of children three to five years old can often relate to the frustration of their kids forgetting seemingly simple and obvious things, from tying their shoelaces to putting items in a designated spot.It’s tempting to think that our children are doing this on purpose to get attention or to make us angry. But developmental psychologist Caitlin Mahy cautions that young children’s memory abilities are evolving.“I think it’s important that parents understand that your preschool-aged children are not necessarily disobeying you,” says the assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. “They’re just not able to remember to do things reliably at this age.”To better understand how memory develops in young children, Mahy has designed several research projects that examine how children think about the future.One line of research concerns “prospective memory,” that is, remembering to carry out what you had earlier planned to do, such as pick up a bag of milk on your way home from work.To measure children’s prospective memory, Mahy’s research assistant describes a simple card-sorting task to a child and then gives children a rule to remember for the future such as “remember to put all the red ones in a box behind you.”After a distraction of several minutes, the child then proceeds with the card-sorting task. “We’re interested in whether children place the red items into the box or whether kids completely forget,” Mahy says.Another line of research focuses on “episodic future thinking,” which involves simulating the future in order to make decisions.To track this, the research assistant tells the child that s/he is going to a certain place, for instance, the desert. “Sometimes we’ll ask them to come up with what they think they should bring, while other times, we’ll give them specific options: Should you bring a pail and shovel, bottle of water, or a plant?” Mahy explains.A plant would not be useful in the desert, Mahy notes, while a pail and shovel is related to a desert because of the association with sand. But there’s really only one item that would fulfill a future need in the desert: a bottle of water.“We’re trying to get at whether children are actually anticipating their future needs,” Mahy says. “Are they thinking that they might be thirsty, that the desert might be hot? Can they explain why they would take the water?”These are some examples of experiments Mahy says will shed light on practical situations. “We’re learning about how children think about the future and remember to carry out their intentions and this helps us learn ways that you can use to make it easier for your child to remember.”But to make this happen, Mahy needs children aged three to seven years to participate in her research projects.“They’re all child-friendly activities,” she says. “We frame them as games. They’re looking at pictures, we’re asking them things; we’re asking them to sort cards. It’s fun.”“They get a little prize in the end, and kids generally have a really good time. Parents always get to watch their children. They get to see their child’s responses and see how their child interacts with an experimenter, which is often really interesting for parents, too.”Mahy says there are free parking spaces for participants, and activities can be conducted during the week, weeknights, as well as weekends.To hear about the current research studies, contact: brockdmclab@gmail.com or 905-688-5550 ext. 6089Read more about Mahy’s researchVisit Mahy’s research lab read more

Former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter to be inducted into Pro

It took him six years, but former Ohio State wide receiver Cris Carter has finally been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2013 class. Carter, who played for OSU from 1984-1986, will be the 10th Buckeye to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, behind Dick LeBeau (2010), Paul Warfield (1993), Bill Willis (1977), Dante Lavelli (1975), Lou Groza (1974) and Jim Parker (1973), coaches Sid Gillman (1983) and Paul Brown (1967) and contributor Ed Sabol (2011) for his work with NFL Films. The standout wide receiver ranks second in OSU history for career receptions (168) and touchdowns (27) and fourth in receiving yards (2,725). Carter’s record five consecutive 100-plus yard games still stands today. In his 16-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins, Carter amassed 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns, which rank fourth, ninth and fourth, respectively, in NFL history. Carter is part of the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1990s, being selected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1994-2001, as well as being named an all-pro in 1994 and 1999. Upon hearing the news, Carter broke down in tears of joy during an interview with ESPN. “This is the happiest day of my life,” he said. “When people said, ‘Aw, you know, it really doesn’t matter, you’re a Hall of Famer in my eyes,’ I said, ‘It’s more important that I’m a Hall of Famer in the Hall’s eyes.’ And I really, really wanted this.” Carter’s son, Duron Carter, played for OSU during the 2009-10 season, but he was ruled academically ineligible at the end of the season. He sat out the 2010 Rose Bowl and all of the spring practices before withdrawaling from OSU in June 2010 to attend community college in Kansas. He never returned to OSU. Rounding out the rest of the 2013 class will be guard/tackle Larry Allen, defensive tackle Curley Culp, tackle Jonathan Ogden, coach Bill Parcells, linebacker Dave Robinson and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. Carter will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 3 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. read more

EYEWITNESS By the way…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Unrestrained…December 14, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”AG criticizes High Court Judge for issuing gag order against Guyana TimesOctober 25, 2013In “Local News”Op-Ed: Withering of free expression: The case of Harry GillAugust 3, 2018In “Opinion” …statements in lawBecause of the dire consequences of running afoul of the law – being roasted in Camp St jail?! –  the rules governing the application of the law to alleged lawbreakers cannot be capricious. In the legal system we’ve inherited from England – called “the Common Law” – that’s why folks have to attend law school for five years before they can even begin PRACTISING the law!!One of the principles Judges have to follow when they consider the facts of the case in front of them is called “STARE DECISIS” – “to stand by that which is decided”. This simply means that our Judges look at cases with similar facts and consider what legal principles were used to decide them. In other words, our Judges follow legal PRECEDENTS.Because in a sense these judicial interpretations BECOME the law, there’s a rule within the stare decisis principle insisting that Judges must only decide on the issues that were presented to them. When they do, these legal principles applied are called the ratio decidendi – “the reason for the decision” and these have to be followed by lower courts on similar cases. They are said to be BINDING. OK, so far?Sometimes Judges, for whatever reason, comment on issues not directly presented to them by the plaintiff – and these comments are called “obiter dicta” – “by the way”. Not surprisingly, they’re not binding on other courts! Now, you Dear Readers must be wondering as to why your humble Eyewitness is subjecting you to this legal lecture so early in the day! Well, it has to do with the long and eagerly awaited decision of Justice George on the GECOM Chairman case, which just came down. Point of the matter is that the plaintiff Gaskin had asked the Court specifically to interpret the stipulations of Art 162 (2) – which President Granger had taken the liberty to interpret in his own idiosyncratic manner to mean that only the names of those qualified to be Judges be submitted. The Court totally rejected Prezzie’s interpretation. Justice George hasn’t issued her written decision as yet, so we don’t know precisely what legal precedents (ratio decidendi) she followed. But as far as this Eyewitness is concerned, after the PPP and PNC, who’d crafted Art 162, had applied it at least five times – contra to Prezzie’s interpretation – it was a case of sine qua non – “the thing speaks for itself”!!Unfortunately, Justice George went on a “detour and frolic” and considered issues NOT placed before her by invoking Art 162 (3) –  what happens if the Opposition Leader doesn’t present an “acceptable” list.This is clearly OBITER dicta!! …business opportunitiesWho says our local business class isn’t quick to sense and seize business opportunities? The smoke hadn’t even cleared at Camp St when one enterprising hollow-block maker announced his blocks were so strong, he could “convert our prison to fortresses” with them! And, of course, make our country “safer”!! The fella claims his HOLLOW blocks, which he modestly – if contradictorily – named “Rock SOLID”, are “smash proof”, “heat resistant” and “fire retardant”! Wow!! Your Eyewitness can just imagine the next step. The shrewd businessman can take a page (a commercial?) from that luggage manufacturer that had a 600 lb gorilla jump all over one of their suitcases to prove how strong they were! Here, he can invite some of those inmates who just torched 12 Camp St, to put his “Rock Solid blocks” to the test!!Better yet, taking a cue from the recent Ministry of Housing exhibition, maybe he can build a model Prison “Fortress” at Lusignan?That’ll kill two birds with one “rock-solid” block!! …where’re the grades?UG’s registration process has started – even though grades for half the faculties, including Law – aren’t out. The underpaid staff is stretched and stressed out.But never mind. $10 million is better spent on the VC’s coronation!! read more

MAX tunnel driver arrested for DUI

first_img On Wednesday March 19, 2014, at 5:09 a.m., Central Precinct and Transit Police Division officers responded to the TriMet MAX tunnel, West of the Goose Hollow Transit Station, on the report that someone drove a vehic le into the tunnel on the MAX tracks. Officers arrived and located the vehicle, a 1999 Hyundai four-door, and the driver who was not injured. The driver, 28-year-old James Edmund Dejarnette, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Reckless Driving. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Thursday. The vehicle was towed but delayed MAX Red and Blue line service for quite some time. James Edmund Dejarnettelast_img read more

Man missing for nearly a week in Lauderhill

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are asking for help in finding a man who went missing in Lauderhill, almost a week ago.According to police, 47-year-old Adrian Curry was last seen near Northwest 36th Avenue and Ninth Court last Wednesday.Police began searching for him after receiving reports of a suspicious incident at that location. He is considered to be in danger.If you have any information on Curry’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Rooms To Go opens Fort Lauderdale store helps Irma relief

first_imgGrand opening of the Fort Lauderdale Rooms to Go — beautiful store and more jobs! Thanks for investing in our City! @RoomsToGo @FTLCityNews pic.twitter.com/2PLOeS0mZC— Mayor Jack Seiler (@JackSeiler) September 23, 2017The opening was pushed back due to Hurricane Irma, and during the ceremony, the Florida-based retailer decided not only to celebrate, but to give back.“One thing we didn’t realize when we do grand openings, we never expected something like Hurricane Irma to hit us,” said Rooms To Go Vice-President Pete Reich, “so we started the grand opening advertisements last week and then shifted it to this week and added a great charity called Feeding South Florida, and we added $25,000 to that hurricane relief.”The latest showroom, located along Federal Highway, includes features like an interactive flat-screen and in-store tablets that allow customers to customize their furniture selections. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida furniture store marked a milestone as it helped the community in the wake of a devastating hurricane.Rooms To Go celebrated its long-awaited grand opening of its newest store with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Friday. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

EMedia Pulls Even with Newsstand Sales For Consumer Mags

first_imgHowever, smaller publishers (<$10 million) aredefinitely more print focused. Forty percent of smaller publishers sayprint advertising will be their fastest growing revenue stream in 2008,compared to just 24 percent of larger publishers. Larger publisherscited events (31 percent) as their second fastest growing revenuestream after e-media. The full 2008 FOLIO: Consumer Magazine CEO Survey will appear in FOLIO:’s October issue.Fastest Growing Parts of Business in 2008E-Media: 48%Print Advertising: 36%Paid Subscriptions: 26%Events: 19%Custom publishing: 18%Newsstand sales: 13%Data/market information sales: 10%Reprint sales: 1%Source: FOLIO:, Readex Research. Respondents could name more than one category. E-mediaas a percentage of overall revenue is nearly equal to newsstand salesfor consumer publishers this year, according to the 2008 FOLIO:Consumer Magazine CEO Survey.On average, consumer publishersexpect e-media revenue to generate 8.4 percent of total revenue,compared to 8.6 percent for newsstand sales (publishers generating lessthan $10 million per year think e-media will account for 9.1 percent oftotal revenue compared to 8.3 percent for the newsstand, whilepublishers over the $10 million mark expect to see 6.4 percent ofrevenues from e-media and 8.9 percent from newsstand sales). Print Advertising is Second Fastest Growing Revenue Stream Andwhile it’s no surprise that both large and small consumer publisherscite e-media as the fastest growing part of their business, on averagethey also say print advertising is the second fastest growing revenuestream.last_img read more

Akayeds wife parentsinlaw detained

first_imgAkayed UllahPolice detained the wife and parents-in-law of Akayed Ullah from the city’s Jigatala area on Tuesday for interrogation about the Bangladeshi suspect in Monday’s pipe bomb explosion beneath New York’s Times Square, reports UNB.A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police picked them up from their residence in the afternoon, said a top police official wishing anonymity.Earlier, a joint team of police from Chittagong Metropolitan Police and Sandwip police station visited Akayed Ullah’s village at Musapur union in Sandwip upazila and talked to his relatives.A would-be suicide bomber’s rush-hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, authorities said, but it gave new fuel to president Donald Trump’s push to limit immigration, reports AP.Hours after Monday’s explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of Manhattan’s busiest stations, Trump cited the background of the alleged bomber in renewing his call for closer scrutiny of foreigners who come to the country and less immigration based on family ties.New York police commissioner James O’Neill identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27, who sustained injuries from the blast and was in police custody. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the incident was an attempted terror attack.Sohel Mahmud, a Bangladesh citizen from Sandwip and now in New York, said Akayed Ullah has a nickname – ‘Shapu’– and he is not well known in the big Sandwip community in the USA.He said Shapu lived in Bangladesh until he was 20 years old and he has two sisters and one elder brother.last_img read more

Bangladesh Nepal to develop power sector

first_imgBangladesh and Nepal have agreed to enhance bilateral trade and investment between the two friendly countries as well as cooperate with each other for power sector development.The consensus came at a bilateral meeting held between Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Olion Thursday at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plazza in Tahachal Marg in Nepal.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.He said both the leaders discussed the bilateral and regional cooperation as well.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh gives importance to the relations with Nepal and the cooperation between the two countries is very important.She said the main aim of the countries in this region, especially Bangladesh, is to eradicate poverty. “We don’t want our own development only, we also want our neighbours to develop.”Sheikh Hasina offered Nepal to use the seaports of Bangladesh and Syedpur Airport for their business and travel purposes.Putting emphasis on strengthening the regional connectivity, Hasina said Bangladesh can share its experience in disaster management with Nepal.She also recalled the Nepalese support towards Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971.Nepalese prime minister KP Sharma Oli also laid emphasis on exploring opportunities to enhance the cooperation between the two countries.He mentioned the export of 500 megawatts of electricity to Bangladesh and said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed in this regard.He expressed his happiness as Sheikh Hasina came to attend the 4th BIMSTEC summit at his invitation.Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and Nepalese foreign secretary Shanker Das Bairagi were, among others, present from their side.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Haque and ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams were present from the Bangladesh side.Later, chief adviser (head of interim government) of Bhutan Dasho Tshering Wangchuk met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at the same place.During the meeting, the chief adviser informed Sheikh Hasina over the upcoming election in Bhutan.“According to the constitution, our parliament has been dissolved and the new government will take oath by 31 October,” said the chief adviser.The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the existing friendly ties between the two countries and hoped that the relationship will further be strengthened in the days to come.The Bhutanese chief adviser recalled his visit to Bikramapur in Bangladesh.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s principal secretary Md Nojibur Rahman and foreign secretary Shahidul Haque were present on the occasion.Later, Sheikh Hasina along with other BIMSTEC leaders paid a joint call on Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari at Sheetal Nibash, the presidential palace, in the capital city.They also attended a luncheon there hosted by the Nepalese president.last_img read more

AL not politically prepared opposition in the making

first_imgparliamentThe government and the election commission have completed their clerical preparations for holding the 11th parliamentary polls but not taken concrete decision on politically sensitive issues of army deployment and use of electronic voting machine (EVM).On the political front, the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) has not yet finalised its electoral allies while the opposition is still undergoing a process of making and remaking alliances to fight the ruling camp before and during the elections due later this year.Stakeholders say the political alignments, currently being negotiated by the AL and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, may take clear shape by the middle of November, especially once the polls schedule is announced.Relevant organisations have been manned with persons as per choice of the AL government for managing the elections, alongside steps such as enactment of the digital security act, sources in the administration and the ruling party said.Still, the parties outside of the 14-party alliance and HM Ershad’s Jatiya Party (JaPa) as an ally, which are willing to join the AL alliance, want to take some time. The JaPa are also being watched by the rulers so that its intimacy with the AL camp remains intact.In the opposition camp, three parties split into six in four days and there are rumours of defection by three more parties in the BNP-led 20-party alliance.The latest case is splitting of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh led by former president Badruddoza Chowdhury that refrained from joining the newly floated opposition coalition of National Unity Front, led by noted jurist Kamal Hossain and supported by the BNP.Minor parties’ joining of a greater alliance or their desertion hardly bears any weight in politics of counting potential votes but, political observers say, such fight to make or break an alliance has psychological impact before the electoral battle.Thus, the ruling AL is maintaining a policy of ‘wait and see’ before finalising the electoral coalition and even formation of the election-time government, though that is not any constitutional obligation at present.Claiming that the AL and its 14-party alliance are ready for the election, AL presidium member and alliance spokesperson Mohammad Nasim said they would include more parties into the coalition, keeping a close watch on the opposition’s moves.”When the poll-time government is to be formed and what its size it is to be — is a matter to be dealt with by the prime minister [and AL president Sheikh Hasina]. The prime minister didn’t convey any decision to us,” he added.However, two key decisions relating to use of EVM, an apparent choice of the ruling camp, and deployment of army personnel, as demanded by the opposition, are pending with the election commission.An election commissioner, Mahbub Talukder, who boycotted the commission’s meeting in protest against suppression of dissent there, brought forth the issue of participatory election as a possible agenda of the EC, ignored by others including the chief election commissioner, however.”So far, the election commission has done routine work which is not very difficult. It does not seem that it has dealt with issues of EVM and army deployment,” former election commissioner Sakhawat Hossain, adding that unless politically sensitive issues are resolved in a transparent manner, the political parties would have questions about the role of the EC.In the parties and alliances outside of the government, polarisation is yet to be complete.Days after the BNP joined the National Unity Front, two parties of the BNP alliance — Bangladesh NAP and NDP — left it.Their departure, observers believe, was made to balance the engagement of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal of ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya of Mahmudur Rahman Manna with the Kamal-led Unity Front, virtually leaving B Chowdhury’s United Front.Both the NAP and the NDP later got divided with each of their factions either joining Chowdhury’s Front or staying with the BNP alliance. His BDB, too, is now divided as a committee has been formed with professor Nurul Amin Bepari as president.BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan downplayed such splitting, saying that the BDB was formed with a small faction of the BNP. “It’s difficult to understand why this making or remaking of parties (and alliance) is taking place,” he said.There are speculations about Oli Ahmed-led Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Bangladesh Kalyan Party of former major general Syed Muhammad Ibrahim and Jamiate Ulamaye Islam of Mufti Wakkas — all alliance of the BNP-led 20-party alliance. LDP leadership may be offered cabinet portfolio in the poll-time government, highly placed sources said.Top leaders of all three parties denied any wrongdoing, terming such speculations as rumours.The BNP leaders, too, are in constant touch with these parties address any grievances. “It’s natural that there will be efforts to break an alliance and repair another. The government will presumably do this and we never know who would leave which alliance and join which one. An uncertain situation is prevailing for sure,” said Emajuddin Ahamed, a political scientist and former vice chancellor of Dhaka University.He, however, predicted that such process of making, breaking and remaking alliance will continue for another two weeks or so.last_img read more

GHP UHaul Statistics Not Indicative Of Houston Population Shift

first_img 00:00 /01:35 flickr/Kaleb FulghamThe report says U-Haul has helped 2.4 percent more people move out of Houston than into the city so far this year. But Patrick Jankowski with the Greater Houston Partnership is skeptical that Houston is losing people.“If you look at the Census Bureau data that was just released two or three weeks ago, it showed that actually in the period ending in July 2015, we actually had 98,000 more people move here than moved out. But there’s also a component called Net International Migration. Last year, we actually had 37,500 people move here from overseas. Think about it: If I’m moving here from France, I’m not renting a U-Haul!” Jankowski said. Jankowski said the problem with the U-Haul indicator is that it’s just a headline number. It’d be nice to have additional data on where people are moving.“They’re moving out of Houston? Jankowski asked. “Are they moving out of Houston to Fort Bend? Are they moving out of Houston to Pasadena? That’s not shown up in the numbers. It’s a nice indicator, but it’s not something that I would make a hard financial decision on or a hard business decision on.”  Jankowski said beyond job fluctuations, there’s natural growth in Houston each year when births and deaths are factored in — and there are more births than deaths.As for the effect of cheaper oil on Houston, as important as the energy industry is, maybe it no longer determines the future of Houston’s economy.Jankowski compares it to the way an engine works — especially the part that keeps it from running too fast.“Where the governor opens up and lets the motor turn very fast, the governor clamps down and has the motor turn slower. That may be what oil prices do for Houston,” Jankowski said. “When oil prices are high, Houston grows very fast. When oil prices are low, we grow slower, but we still grow.”   Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Renowned homoeopath passes away at 84

first_imgKolkata: Renowned homoeopath Prasanta Banerji passed away on Friday in a city hospital, following a cardiac arrest, sources in his family said. He was 84. The medical practioner was best known for establishing ‘The Banerji Protocol’, which has been described by his website as a method to diagnose and cure specific diseases with homoeopathy medicines.He had also founded the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation.Born in Jamalpur, Bihar, on October 17, 1933, Banerji had worked as an honorary adviser to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his grief over the demise of Banerji, and conveyed his heart-felt condolences to his family and associates.last_img read more

Crash diets rapid weight loss affects back

first_imgCrash diets and rapid weight loss can be harmful to your health, especially the back, says an expert.Meenakshi Sharma, Spine Specialist at Qi Spine Clinic, shares how:* Undernourished body, weak muscles: Cutting back on essential food items such as grains and fruits by following low carbohydrate diets can make you lose out on some of the vital nutrients required by the body. This type of under-nourishment affects the whole body. Muscles are not able to function properly causing them to become easily strained. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How it affects the back: Your lower back and abdominal muscles provide a base of support for your spine, holding your body upright. The muscles of the lower back and abdomen are meant to work together to support the upper body and the spine’s alignment. As these muscles might not get the essential nutrients required, their ability to repair may become poor. At the same time the amount of time taken for these muscles to recover from injury may increase. Also the muscles fatigue early if the nutrition is not as per the requirement. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSolution: A well balanced diet including appropriate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat should be taken. The diet depends on the body type, Body Mass Index and Basal metabolic rate. Percentage of protein, carbohydrates, and fats should be taken according to the body requirement and needs. Along with this, an exercise regime comprising aerobics and weight training should be included.  * Dehydration and spinal discs: Some of the low carbohydrate diets are meant to increase water loss in the body for quick weight reduction. If followed without proper guidance, the body can easily become dehydrated while following these diets. Major content of spinal discs are water. Dehydration could occur in the discs as well.If your body’s water content drops by as little as two percent, you will feel fatigued. If it drops by 10 percent, you will experience significant health problems, such as arthritis and back pain.How it affects the back: Our body is made up of about 70 percent of water. Weight loss that results in a significant amount of water and mineral loss contributes to decreased bone density. Weaker bones can cause spinal misalignments and result in pain. Spinal discs in the body need fluid to maintain height and their ability to absorb shock. Dehydration can lessen the fluids available to spinal discs, which could lead to speedy disc degeneration, bulging or herniation.Solution: Make sure you drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily. Dehydration is no form of weight loss. Also, it doesn’t aid in weight loss. With dehydration, you also lose many important nutrients which are required for the body and the spinal discs. *Over-exercising and back pain: In addition to crash diets, when you are over-exercising, without the correct nutrients, you are accelerating the process of bone loss and muscle loss.How it affects back: Calories are a source of energy and repair for the body. If your body is working your muscles extra hard without minimal fuel, then it becomes susceptible to strains. Not resting enough can also add to the back pain. Not to forget that the high intensity workouts lead to a lot of pressure on the spine in turn jelly i.e. the disc.Solution: Over-exercising and poor nutrition adversely affects your back and may cause back pain. One should also know the right form and extent of exercise required. Wrong forms of exercise loads the spine and could affect the discs and the muscle.last_img read more

Nusrat banks on message of love to win Basirhat seat

first_imgBasirhat: Tollywood star and Trinamool Congress candidate from Basirhat Lok Sabha seat Nusrat Jahan says she is confident that her message of love will win over the people as they do not like violence. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee handpicked Nusrat Jahan to replace the sitting MP Idris Ali, who is one of the party’s prominent Muslim leaders. She is pitted against BJP’s Sayantan Basu, Congress’ Abdur Rahim Kazi and Communist Party of India’s Pallab Sengupta. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe 29-year-old actress says that the people have been responsive to her campaign. “I have become Nusrat Jahan, the actor because I was able to connect with my audience very well. They have welcomed me with an open heart,” said Nusrat Jahan. Spending nearly 12 hours a day campaigning in her constituency, the actor is mostly seen in sarees these days as she campaigns at the largely rural constituency, adjoining Bangladesh. Nusrat Jahan interacts with the people, hums a few lines from songs picturised on her, sometimes even has street foods like ghugni and rolls offered to her by vendors.She says she will carefully balance the roles of a Member Of Parliament and actor by being choosy with film scripts. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Even if I do one film that would be one quality film a year,” says Nusrat Jahan, who made her silver screen debut with Raj Chakrabarty’s Shotru and has acted in around 20 films so far. Asked if her fame will get converted into votes, she says: “It is not about me, the people know that voting for any other party will not cause them any good. I am representing the party, which has worked for their good for years.” Nusrat Jahan, who once served as General Secretary of the Bhawanipur Education Society College Union, says though she was not really inclined towards politics, she has always been open to changes in life. “My biggest weapon is the development that our party has brought in West Bengal. I speak of love and humanity. I am here to bridge the gap. People of all communities love me equally,” she said. The aspiring politician is aware of the drinking water problem in the area and says her party has been trying to resolve it. With her BJP opponent recently courting controversy by asking the Central forces to shoot people in the chest if they tried to capture booths on the polling day, Nusrat Jahan said: “There is always a third party which comes and instigates. This actually breaks out into riots. Riots only cause misery to the people irrespective of whether they are Hindus or Muslims.”last_img read more

24 injured on roads in Cheadle in 12 months investigation reveals

first_imgA523, Bradnop, Onecote and Wetton Endon, Longsdon, Brown Edge, Bagnall Werrington and Cellarhead Leek A50, Blythe Bridge, Checkley, Draycott Biddulph and Knypersley Rushton Spencer, Rudyard and A523 A53 from Leek to Buxton Two of the accidents took place in Queen Street in Cheadle (Image: Google)center_img Want the latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands?For the very latest news from across the Staffordshire Moorlands, visit our dedicated homepage at Leek-news.co.uk, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LeekNews. If you’re interested in news from a particular town, we have dedicated channels for Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph – as well as a number of smaller villages including Cheddleton, Wetley Rocks, Endon, Rudyard, Brown Edge, Bagnall, Cellarhead, Werrington, Knypersley, Alton, Tean, Stockton Brook, Blythe Bridge and Caverswall. For the latest news from Alton Towers, you can visit the theme park’s dedicated channel – as well as our Staffordshire Moorlands District Council page for the latest local authority news and planning applications. Cheadle Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMore than 20 people, including two pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents in Cheadle over the course of a year – new statistics reveal. An investigation by StokeonTrentLive reveals a total of 24 people were injured in 15 collisions across the town ouver the course. A total of 29 vehicles were involved in the accidents. The data, from the Department for Transport does not include ‘damage-only’ accidents or other collisions not reported to police. We’ve broken our findings down into a number of sections below discussing the accidents, the roads, those involved and their vehicles and the timing of the accidents. The roads: Five of the accidents took place on various stretches of the A522, including The Green, Leek Road and Tean Road. Three accidents took place on both the B5032 Ashbourne Road in and around the town and on the A521 (The Green/Town End). Two accidents took place on Queen Street – with the last two taking place on Cross Street and on Oxclose in Boundary. Free Hay Crossroads, widely regarded as one of the most dangerous Crossroads in the Staffordshire Moorlands, only had one accident resulting in injury recorded in 2017 – although as we’ve already stated these records do not include damage only incidents. Read MoreHoliday park extension plans thrown out due to ‘harm to landscape’ The accidents: Most of the accidents involved two vehicles, with a total of nine falling into this category. A third of the accidents (five) involved just one vehicle – while two, one on the A522 and one on the A521 involved three. Ten of the accidents had only one person listed as a casualty, with four having two people listed as injured in collisions. Three people were injured in two of the accidents – one on the A522 in March and one on the A521 Town End in May. Most of the accidents only led to minor injuries with two on the A522, on Leek Road and Tean Road, resulting in people being seriously injured. There were no recorded traffic fatalities in Cheadle over the course of 2017. Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks Alton, Oakamoor, Ipstones, Kingsley Read MoreWatch out for these roadworks across the Staffordshire Moorlands this week The vehicles, their drivers and their destinations: A majority of the vehicles involved in accidents in the town in 2017 were private cars. Three motorcycles were involved in accidents – including a motorbike of an unknown CC, a motorcycle with 125cc or under, a motorcycle over 500cc. Other vehicles involved in accidents include a private hire vehicle, a minibus (cotaining 8-16 seats) and a vehicle categorised as ‘other’. Four of the vehicles were travelling for work, two were being driven by people commuting to and from work and information for the rest is listed as other/unknown. A total of 18 drivers were recorded as male, with one unrecorded and the rest female. The ages of two drivers are not recorded, but of those that are the youngest two were aged 19 while the oldest was 84-years-old. The largest age group represented was people in their 40s, with seven of the accients involving drivers of that age. The casualties: Of the 24 people listed as injured, 17 were drivers of the vehicles involved in accidents – while five were passengers in vehicles. The other two were pedestrians involved in accidents on Queen Street and Cross Street. Slight more females were injured than males – with 13 women injured compared to 11 men, The youngest person recorded injured was a 16-year-old girl who was a pedestrian in an accident on Queen Street while the oldest was an 84-year old male driver in in an accident on the A522. People in their 20s were the most likely age-group to be injured, with seven falling into this category. The age of two people injured were not recorded. Most injuries were reported as minor – with only two people being classed as seriously injured – in unrelated accidents on the A522 Leek Road and the A522 Tean Road. Read MoreMore than 470 crimes reported in Moorlands in September – new figures show Date/Times: Saturdays were the most likely day for an accident to take place, with four recorded. The other accidents were spread out across the week – with none recorded on a Monday. Accidents were most likely to take place between 5pm and 5.59pm, with three recorded in that hour of the day. The rest of the collisions were spread abround the clock, with the earliest recorded at 2.05am and the latest at 23.35. More than half the accidents took place in just three months – with three each recorded in April, May and August. Read MoreMoorlands Accidents: In your arealast_img read more

US Embassy in San José donates police van

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica man arrested with 400 cloned US credit cards Two Costa Rican police officers killed in San José Costa Ricans report increasing safety concerns; 2016 is set to become most violent year on record U.S. Embassy makes donation to support air surveillance operations in Costa Rica U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney shakes hands on Dec. 12 with San José Mayor Johnny Araya during a ceremony at which the Embassy donated a new police van to the city, equipped with a video system, cameras, computers, communications system, power generator and a retractable awning, among other features. Municipal Police Director Marcelo Solano (far left) said the municipality will use the $200,000 vehicle to patrol the capital during preventive surveillance operations. Facebook Commentslast_img read more