Justin Trudeau talks to APTN from Whitehorse

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal party leader Justin Trudeau attended the Assembly of First Nations annual summer meeting in Whitehorse.Trudeau said he wasn’t there to speak to the chiefs but to listen.He joined APTN National News Wednesday.last_img

Global land temperatures for January and April likely warmest ever recorded –

Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, adding that it is working with its partners to set up a multi-hazard early warning system to tackle the extremes brought on by climate change, such as violent storms, floods and heatwaves.“Weather and climate are marked by record extremes in many regions across the world since January 2007,” WMO said in its update, noting that global temperatures were 1.89°C warmer than average for January and 1.37°C warmer than average for April. It noted that the most recent assessment report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that the warming of the climate system was unequivocal and most likely due to human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels. Among the latest extremes WMO cited four monsoon depressions, double the normal, which caused heavy floods in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, killing more than 500 people, displacing over 10 million others and destroying vast areas of croplands, livestock and property; the first documented cyclone in the Arabian Sea hitting Oman and Iran; and the wettest May to July period in England and Wales (406 milimetres) since records began in 1766. Others included a powerful storm system in much of northern Europe in January; abnormally heavy and early rainfall in Sudan since the end of June; a series of large swell waves (estimated at 3-4.5 metres) that swamped 68 islands in the Maldives in May; two extreme record-breaking heat waves in south-eastern Europe in June and July; and a heat wave that swept across western and central Russia in May, breaking several records. “Recognizing the severe health impacts of heat waves, the WMO and the [UN] World Health Organization (WHO), are at an advanced stage of preparing Guidance on the implementation of Heat Health early Warning Systems,” the agency said. Nor was the southern hemisphere spared extremes. An unusual cold southern winter brought winds, blizzards and rare snowfall to various parts of South America with temperatures reaching as low as -22°C in Argentina and -18°C in Chile in July. In June South Africa experienced its first significant snowfall since 1981 with 25 centimetres registered in parts of the country. By contrast, in the northern hemisphere winter many European countries had their warmest January on record, with The Netherlands reporting the highest since measurements were first taken in 1706, averaging about 7.1°C (2.8°C above 1961-1990 average) while in Germany the temperatures were 4.6°C above the 1961-1990 average. An increase in intense tropical cyclone activity in the North Atlantic since about 1970 has also been observed. “WMO and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its 188 Members are working with other UN agencies and partners towards the establishment of a multi-hazard early warning system,” the agency declared. “Furthermore, they are putting in place sustainable observation systems needed for monitoring and assessing the impacts of climate change and determining the adaptation priorities for the most vulnerable countries.” 7 August 2007Global land surface temperatures for January and April will likely be ranked as the warmest since records began in 1880, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported today, adding that it is working with its partners to set up a multi-hazard early warning system to tackle the extremes brought on by climate change, such as violent storms, floods and heatwaves. read more

Canadian Tire adds 33 types of Holiday Collection lights to safety recall

TORONTO — Canadian Tire is expanding a recall of Christmas lights sold under the Holiday Collection brand for safety reasons.It says the lights should not be used and can be returned to Canadian Tire stores for a refund.Health Canada says it has received one report from a consumer who received a minor electric shock from the coloured lights.Canadian Tire Ltd suing Wal-Mart Canada Corp for allegedly copying clip-on Christmas lightsThe agency also says the affected lights may pose a fire hazard.The recall includes another 33 types of Holiday Collection lights sold by Canadian Tire after Aug. 1, in addition to 12 types identified two weeks ago. A complete list is on Health Canada’s website healthycanadians.gc.ca.The recall does not include Noma lights — which are another brand carried by the national retailer. read more

Mangala goes to CID over fake latter addressed to Pope

Samaraweera’s office said that action has been taken to lodge a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department of the Sri Lanka Police requesting that this matter be investigated immediately. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has complained to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over a fake letter with his signature addressed to the Pope.Samaraweera’s office said that the letter dated 03 June 2019 on a Parliament Letterhead addressed to His Holiness the Pope, which is attributed to the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera, MP, is fake. The fabrication of a Parliament Letterhead and the Minister’s signature are serious matters as is the fabricated content of the letter, Samaraweera’s office said. read more

UN releases report on Iraqs chemical weapons programme

“On 7 April, the Permanent Representative of Iraq wrote to the Acting Executive Chairman (of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC)) stating that the Government of Iraq intended to accede to the Chemical Weapons Convention,” the report, transmitted by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the Security Council, notes.It describes how Iraq first started exploring chemical weapons in 1971, and reviews developments through the establishment of a “large-scale chemical weapons programme” in 1981. The capacity expanded from there to the point that “according to Iraq, the use of chemical weapons achieved its major purpose and made a significant impact on the outcome of the Iran-Iraq war.”According to declarations made by Iraq, in the period from 1981 to 1991 the chemical weapon programme produced approximately 3,850 tons of the chemical warfare agents mustard, tabun, sarin and VX, the report states.Of the total of some 3,850 tons of chemical warfare agents produced, approximately 3,300 tons of agents were weaponized in different types of aerial bombs, artillery munitions and missile warheads.In the period from 1981 to 1991, Iraq weaponized some 130,000 chemical munitions in total. Of these, over 101,000 munitions were used in combat, according to Iraq, in the period from 1981 to 1988.Iraq declared that some 28,500 chemical munitions remained unused as of January 1991; about 5,500 filled munitions were destroyed by coalition forces during the war in 1991, while another 500 filled munitions were declared destroyed unilaterally by Iraq. “These last two figures were partially verified by United Nations inspectors,” the report states.The bulk of the destruction of some 22,000 filled munitions occurred under the supervision of the UN inspectors in accordance with Security Council resolution 687 (1991) – the “ceasefire resolution” which ended the war – in the period from 1991 to 1994. During the collection of chemical weapons for destruction after the 1991 war, Iraq stated that it was not able to locate some 500 chemical munitions.“Although a number of issues relating to the Iraqi chemical weapon programme remain unresolved, the United Nations inspectors were able to identify the major parameters of the programme, its scope and the results achieved,” the report states. read more

5000 evacuated after Mexico pipeline spews gasoline geyser apparently caused by fuel

by Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press Posted Oct 30, 2013 10:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MEXICO CITY – A geyser of gasoline spewed into the sky from a state-owned pipeline in western Mexico, forcing officials to evacuate about 5,000 people Wednesday. Authorities blamed the accident on fuel thieves tapping into the pipe.Gasoline plumed above a field close to a housing development in Tlajomulco, a town near Guadalajara, which is Mexico’s second-largest city and the capital of Jalisco state.The fuel did not catch fire, and crews were able to shut down the flow of gasoline in the pipeline, which was leaking about 150 yards (meters) from some homes. There were no reports of injuries.“There’s a lot of odour of gasoline in the entire area,” Jalisco state Interior Secretary Arturo Zamora said, adding that the evacuation area was “approximately in a radius of 1 kilometre (half mile).”On its Twitter account, the state-owned Petroleos Mexicanos oil company, known as Pemex, wrote that the leak “was caused by a clandestine tap.”Emergency personnel erected a sand-bag barrier around the leak to contain the gasoline and prevent it from contaminating more soil or entering storm drains. In 1992, gasoline leaked into Guadalajara’s drains and ignited, effectively creating a bomb 6 miles (10 kilometres) long that demolished 1,000 homes and killed at least 210 people.Pemex said it closed the nearest valves to isolate the leak and reduce pressure. Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval said later that the leak “is now 100 per cent controlled.”“This was due to a fuel robbery, and we are going to go after the thieves” Sandoval said. “We have already detained several organized gangs” and “are calling on the public not to buy stolen gasoline, not to buy gasoline outside official gas stations.”On some Mexican highways, vendors known as “huachicoleros” stand under palm-frond shacks selling stolen gasoline or diesel to passing motorists.“Clearly, organized crime is behind this,” Sandoval said of the latest incident. He said investigators had found fuel containers in a nearby abandoned house.Pemex has suffered a huge problem with illegal taps drilled into fuel pipelines. In July, the company said 1,421 illegal fuel taps were discovered in the first six months of this year, almost twice the 722 taps uncovered in the same period of 2012.Experts say that given the skill and timing required to tap into high-pressure pipelines, it is likely thieves are getting advice and inside information, if not outright help, from people inside the company.Pemex announced Wednesday that 39 company employees and nine subcontractor drivers of fuel delivery trucks had been arrested on suspicion of fuel theft in the neighbouring state of Guanajuato.In a statement, Pemex said the drivers and Pemex employees were accused of falsifying weight measurements on loaded tanker trucks at a Pemex distribution facility in the city of Salamanca.Prosecutors seized 10 tanker trucks, it said. 5,000 evacuated after Mexico pipeline spews gasoline geyser apparently caused by fuel theft read more

Chris Gayle hints at unretirement after sixladen 162

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI batsman Chris Gayle to retire from ODI cricket after 2019 World CupFebruary 17, 2019In “latest news”Chris Gayle signs off (or does he?) in vintage Gayle fashionAugust 14, 2019In “latest news”ODI series against England a glimpse of Windies’ greatness to comeMarch 5, 2019In “latest news” Chris GayleChris Gayle never was the retiring sort, really. And so much did he enjoy the run-soaked fourth ODI in Grenada that he confessed afterwards he just might be rethinking his decision to retire from the format at the end of the World Cup.Gayle struck 14 sixes in his innings of 162 – the second-highest score of his ODI career – on the way to leading West Indies to their highest total in this form of the game. It was his second century of a series in which he has now amassed 347 runs from three innings at an average of 115.66 and a strike rate of 120.06. During the innings, he became the 14th man, and second from the Caribbean after Brian Lara, to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs.As a consequence, he has proved to himself he still has the ability to contribute at this level. So while it is only ten days since Gayle announced he intended to retire after the tournament, he has suggested that, if he were able to regain some fitness, he might decide to extend his career.“I think this is one of the most entertaining games I’ve ever played in,” Gayle said. “It was a fantastic game of cricket. I’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket so it’s always going to be a difficult coming back into 50-over cricket. But eventually the body gets accustomed to the 50-over format.“I just have to work on the body and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle, maybe. Things change quickly. Hopefully the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens.“To get the 10,000-run milestone is a great feeling. I’ve done it in T20 as well. It’s a fantastic achievement from my point of view. Doing it for West Indies as well, that makes it even more superb.“What’s the matter with the body? I’m nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We’ll see. We’ll take it slowly.”While Gayle enjoyed the game, he felt West Indies could have won if they had played “a bit smarter”. They allowed England to put on a century opening stand and then plunder 154 from the final ten overs, then fell away with the bat from a position of strength at 220 for two.“We didn’t utilise that new ball well,” Gayle said, referring to England’s opening stand of 100 within 14 overs. “If we had, we would have been chasing 380.“I’m sure the team are all disappointed. I can see the expression on their faces. It’s a learning process for the young players. If they do things differently they could have won. So it’s good to see that body language when you lose. When that situation comes again I’m sure it will be totally different.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Another De Gea howler costs United priceless points in Chelsea draw

first_img By AFP 73 Comments https://the42.ie/4610376 Apr 28th 2019, 6:36 PM Marcos Alonso pounces on De Gea’s error. Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 7:58 PM Marcos Alonso pounces on De Gea’s error. Image: Mike Egerton 37,175 Views center_img Another De Gea howler costs United priceless points in Chelsea draw It finished 1-1 at Old Trafford this afternoon. Share Tweet Email Image: Mike Egerton Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Updated Apr 28th 2019, 7:58 PM ANOTHER COSTLY ERROR from David de Gea dealt Manchester United’s chances of Champions League football a potentially fatal blow as Chelsea consolidated their place in the Premier League top four with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.De Gea spilled Antonio Rudiger’s long-range effort to allow Marcos Alonso to equalise just before half-time and cancel out Juan Mata’s early opener.A point halts a run of seven defeats in nine games for United, but does little for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men’s chances of overhauling Chelsea, who remain three points ahead of the Red Devils and with a superior goal difference.Arsenal’s defeat by Leicester earlier on Sunday means Maurizio Sarri’s men move two points ahead of the Gunners with two games of the campaign to go.Solskjaer made five changes from the side beaten comfortably by Manchester City in midweek.However, it was the one the Norwegian did not make, and insisted he would not countenance, in dropping De Gea that came back to haunt him after a positive start from the hosts.Romelu Lukaku was one of those recalled to the starting line-up and should have rewarded his manager inside five minutes with the opener as he got in behind the Chelsea defence, but allowed Kepa Arrizabalaga to narrow the angle and block.Lukaku quickly made amends as United scored from open play for the first time in two minutes short of nine hours.The Belgian’s lofted pass picked out the run of Luke Shaw from left-back and his cut-back found Mata to roll into an unguarded net against his former side.Eric Bailly then headed inches wide from a corner as Chelsea seemed destined to complete a clean sweep of five defeats away to top six opposition this season.However, they were given a lifeline two minutes before half-time as De Gea’s miserable run continued.The Spaniard was at fault in heavy defeats recently at Barcelona and Everton, as well as for City’s two goals in midweek.And his loss of confidence was evident as he spilled Rudiger’s speculative effort and Alonso reacted quicker than the United defence to turn home the rebound off the inside of the post.That blow appeared to drain United’s belief after the break for what Solskjaer had termed a “must-win” for his side.Both sides were hit by defensive injuries in a disjointed second half as Rudiger and Bailly hobbled off.Bailly’s replacement Marcos Rojo came closest to grabbing a winner when his header was cleared off the line by Pedro Rodriguez in stoppage time.Sarri claimed before the game that his side were “incapable” of playing for a draw, but they were happy to wind the clock down, knowing that wins in their remaining two games against Watford and Leicester will be enough to secure a return to the Champions League next season.And they could have grabbed all three points with virtually the last kick of the game when the ineffective Gonzalo Higuain shot straight at De Gea from a narrow angle.- © AFP 2019last_img read more

Game of Thrones Actor Vladimír Furdík Bids Farewell to the Night King

first_imgStay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 was very intense (note: major spoilers ahead), and many favorite characters perished during the “Battle of Winterfell.” Vladimír Furdík, the actor who played the Night King on the series, discussed why filming the villain’s final scene was incredibly “emotional.”In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Furdík talked about the Night King’s death and why he enjoyed playing one of the show’s creepiest characters. He also highlighted what he will miss about playing the Night King, including the cool prosthetic makeup and costumes he had to wear to transform into the chilling character.“When I heard that it was going to be a three-month shoot, I said, ‘Oh my god. This will be crazy.’ Then I went to the set, where we did one month’s preparation before shooting,” Furdík told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was a three-month shoot, and one month before. Then we did another month on a stage inside, reshooting some small pieces. This was one of the hardest jobs of my life.”Furdík, who is also a stuntman, said filming the Night King’s final scene was extremely draining, since him and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), had to practice the epic kill moment multiple times before they nailed it.“It was a very emotional day and night. It was so strong. I spent all my energy playing it, and she as well. It was not an easy day,” Furdík explained. “It was cold. There was rain. She was on a wire, in a harness, jumping many times. It wasn’t just the one time; it was maybe 15 times.”He added, “It wasn’t easy for me to [pretend to] hurt her. When I grabbed her under the jaw, it wasn’t easy [on a practical level]. If you make a bad move — if you don’t grab her well — she could have an injury. So I was under pressure and she was under pressure. It was not an easy day.”#MondayMotivation: #NotToday pic.twitter.com/90El60wkKG— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 29, 2019Furdík also noted how he will miss the individuals who helped turn him into the Night King, since the character required hours of prep time on and off the screen.“You know what I will miss? The people. I will miss the people who helped me to be the Night King,” Furdík added. “This was the costume and make-up departments who helped me to be the man who was out in front of the camera.”With the amazing #AryaStark (@Maisie_Williams) A girl who kills with a smile!#ValarMorghulis #GameOfThrones #NightKing pic.twitter.com/HCd0sybxWl— Vladimir Furdik (@Vladimir_furdik) April 30, 2019Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 will air on HBO on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST.More on Geek.com:Photos Show Night King’s Chilling ‘Game of Thrones’ Transformation‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Say Goodbye to ‘Battle of Winterfell’ Fallen Heroes‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Wiliams: Arya’s Major Kill Was ‘Unexpected’last_img read more

Two Properties Up For Demolition To Make Way For KABATA

first_imgThe state Department of Transportation has announced plans to demolish two Anchorage properties to make way for Knik Arm Bridge construction.Download AudioDOT has opened the bid process for the work, which gives the contractor the option of removing the houses to another location.Shannon McCarthy, a spokesperson for DOT, says the state purchased the two homes more than a year ago. She says the demolition work saves the state money in property management and home repairs.“There are some issues, there’ve been some attempted break-ins which of course, we discovered right away, and having a vacant house in the neighborhood does affect the safety of the neighborhood. So, we have owned these houses for a while. It makes sense at this time, it is cost effective, because we know we will need this property for the future Crossing.” An old motel is also slated for demolition. McCarthy says after the work is done, the land will be used for access to the proposed Knik Arm Bridge.“This is for the cut and cover tunnel that goes underneath Government Hill. It’s an 800 long foot tunnel, and there will be a lid on top of it so it can be reseeded with grass and there will be some park-like amenities on top of that. “She says the contract for the demolition and removal of the structures has a deadline in mid-November. Leveling and seeding must be complete by June of next year.But the Government Hill Community Council opposes the demolition. Stephanie Kesler, president of the community council says the two homes could be used as rentalsIn the last days of the legislative session, the Knik Arm Bridge project was handed over to the state DOT, taking authority for building away from the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority, or KABATA. McCarthy, a former KABATA employee, says federal funds needed to begin construction are not in place yet, but the legislature’s change is bringing the bridge a step closer.“The state legislature also passed the $55 million capital increment for the project and they passed operating funds as well for the project. So they solidified the financial plan and they began funding. So I think it was really a huge step forward in seeing the bridge built.”The bill transferring the Knik Arm Bridge project to DOT also forbids the state from selling bonds to support the project before federal highway funds are secured to pay for at least 30 percent of the costs.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly April 8 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAction On Same-Sex Marriage Leaves Democratic Lawmakers In Uncomfortable Spot As Attorney General Confirmation LoomsAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLast week, Alaska Attorney General designee Craig Richards joined 15 other states in asking the Supreme Court to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage. This comes just as legislators are deciding whether to support his confirmation in a vote later this month. The action has a left some Democratic lawmakers in an uncomfortable spot.State House Passes Surcharge On Refined FuelAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauSince the Murkowski administration, the Alaska House of Representatives has not passed a taxation bill where the levy goes beyond the oil industry. That changed on Wednesday, when the House narrowly passed a surcharge on refined fuel. The tax amounts to one cent per gallon.Gov. Walker Issues Disaster Declaration For Dalton Highway Flooding Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGovernor Bill Walker has declared a disaster in response to flooding that’s making the far northern end of the Dalton Highway impassable. The road is used to supply the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. It’s been closed south of Deadhorse since Sunday because an expanding area of overflow from the Sag River and recent blizzard conditions that have hampered Department of Transportation crews. The disaster declaration will amp up efforts to open the road.Ethan Berkowitz, Amy Demboski Heading For Mayoral Runoff Election Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageEthan Berkowitz and Amy Demboski are headed to a runoff for Anchorage mayor on May 5.Long After Civil War’s End, Rebel Raiders Fought On in Bering Sea Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCA hundred and fifty years ago this week – tomorrow, actually – General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia. Textbooks typically say this event signaled the end of the Civil War. But a few historians make the case that the last shots of the war were actually fired from a Confederate ship off of Alaska’s coast, in the Bering Sea.Rural Subsistence Hunters No Longer Need Federal Duck Stamps Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIt took a few years and an act of Congress, but today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced rural subsistence hunters don’t need to purchase federal duck stamps.Rie Muñoz Leaves A Legacy Of Delight, Joy And Laughter Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauBeloved artist Rie Muñoz passed away Monday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after a stroke. She was 93. Muñoz was active until the end, a prolific artist and traveler who drew inspiration from everyday Alaskans.last_img read more

Circuit Court justices hears Fairbanks Four appeal

first_imgThe deal allowed three of the four men, who were still in prison, to walk free, but stipulated that the original convictions were lawfully obtained, and that the four would not sue the state or city for damages. George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent allege racial bias-driven police misconduct, including coercion of false confessions and fabrication of evidence, lead to them being wrongfully convicted of the beating death of John Hartman. The Fairbanks Four shortly after their release from prison in December 2015. From left to right: Marvin Roberts, Eugene Vent, Kevin Pease and George Frese. (Photo by Rachel Saylor/Tanana Chiefs Conference) Evidence aired during a 2015 evidentiary hearing pointed to another group of local men being responsible for the killing, and under a settlement agreement, the state vacated the Fairbanks Four convictions.   A panel of three 9th Circuit Court justices heard arguments Friday morning in Fairbanks in the appeal of a federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks. Four Native men, known as the Fairbanks Four, appealed an October 2018 lower court judge’s dismissal of their case, which alleges police misconduct in the investigation of a 1997 murder. ”There’s no question. If you go to the state of Alaska website and you look up their convictions, they’re vacated. They’re not in effect anymore. They don’t have any collateral consequences.” The men sued the cityregardless, contending they signed the agreement under duress to avoid further prisontime while the case played out in court.   “The requirement to bring a malicious prosecution claim is to first show that the criminal case resulted in a favorable termination, that shows innocence,” Singer said. The three 9th Circuit Court justices could take up to a year to rule on the appeal, a decision that can be appealed up to the 9th Circuit’s full panel of judges. Singer says the settlement falls short of that, but Fairbanks Four attorney Anna Benvenutti Hoffman counters that it effectively wipes the legal slate clean. Last fall’s ruling dismissing their suit, maintained that the 2015 agreement did not meet a civil rights suit precedent that the prior case be “favorably resolved.” City of Fairbanks attorney Matt Singer argued for the justices to maintain that legal bar. last_img read more

Mainul freed on bail

first_imgMainul Hosein. File PhotoFormer caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein was released from jail on bail on Sunday night, 97 days after his arrest for making ‘offensive comment’ against journalist Masuda Bhatti, reports UNB.He was freed from the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) prison cell around 9:00pm after his release order reached the jail authorities, said jailer Mahbubul Islam of Dhaka Central Jail at Keraniganj.On 13 January, the High Court granted bail to Mainul Hosein in 14 defamation cases for six months.On Thursday, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court order granting bail to him, paving the way for his release.A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested Mainul from in front of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob’s Uttara residence on 22 October last in a defamation case filed in Rangpur.Later, 22 cases—one under the Digital Security Act and 21 for defamation—were filed against Mainul for defaming journalist Masuda Bhatti in a television talk-show.Mainul who was connected to a talk-show ‘Ekattor Journal’ through videoconferencing aired on Ekattor TV hosted by Mithila Farzana made an ‘offensive comment’ against Masuda Bhatti on 16 October.During the talk-show, Masuda Bhatti asked Mainul, “You say that you’re in the Jatiya Oikya Front as a citizen of the country but in social networking sites, many people are saying that you’re there as a representative of Jamaat.”Angered with the comment, Mainul said, “I’m thanking you for your audacity and I want to believe you as ‘characterless’. There’s no question about Jamaat link’s with me and what question you have asked is an embarrassment for me.”last_img read more

Strike halts export through Benapole port

first_imgMap of BenapoleExport through Benapole land port remained suspended since Wednesday morning as workers went on strike protesting harassment on them by the members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), reports UNB.Hundreds of goods-laden trucks remained stranded in the port area creating around one-kilometer gridlock till filing of this reports around 2:30pm.Rahman Kalu, publicity secretary of Benepole-Jhikargacha Truck Workers’ Union, alleged that some members of BSF used to torture Bangladeshi truckers at Petropole of India and even they confine them to the shed.As a result, the workers have to pass time without food, said the publicity secretary adding that the BSF men even physically assault them when they try to come out to have food.The export suspension, however, did not affect passenger movement and loading and unloading activities inside the port area.Azizur Rahman, taxation officer of Petrapole Land Check Post, said goods export from Bangladesh remained suspended since morning but the import activities are continuing as usual.last_img read more

Police should take suo motu action against BJP leaders for encounter comment

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday the police should take suo motu cognizance against those BJP leaders who advocated the “Uttar Pradesh model” of encounters in the state to wipe out criminals. Banerjee also condemned the lynching incidents across India, saying the country belonged to each and every citizen irrespective of his or her caste, creed and religion. “Some BJP leaders are threatening to conduct encounters in West Bengal. I don’t know why the police did not file a suo motu case against them and take action. The police should take suo-motu cognizance,” she said while speaking on the floor of the assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Trinamool Congress supremo’s comment came in the backdrop of two senior state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders saying on Monday that the party would follow the “Uttar Pradesh model” of giving free hand to the police to wipe out criminals in encounters if it comes to power in the state. Referring to the incidents of lynching in the country, the chief minister said: “I strongly condemn what happened in Jharkhand. People are living in fear. They are killing people.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Tabrez Ansari, 24, was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district last Wednesday on the suspicion of theft. The newly-married youth was purportedly seen in a video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Banerjee accused the BJP of promoting communal divide in the country. “The country is for all — for Muslims, Hindus, Chirstians, Jains, Sikhs. I fear that the BJP might change the Constitution,” she said. “Is it a fault of someone to be born in a certain religion or caste? Is it my fault that I have a certain surname?” “The Union Home Ministry is sending advisories to Bengal over law-and-order issue. But what about the law and order issue in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand or Haryana? Did they send any advisory to these states? The answer is no. This (sending of advisories) is politically motivated to malign Bengal,” she said. The chief minister said the administration would take stern action against those who indulge in engineering riots and spread fake news. Banerjee claimed that the entire administration was taken over for the past six months by the Election Commission because of the Lok Sabha election, accusing the poll body of functioning at the behest of the BJP. “I admit that there were some gaps in last six months as the entire administration was taken over by the EC. Just like in other part of the country, the BJP has undermined each and every institution in the state,” she said.last_img read more

Global HIV Vaccine Market Opportunities and Top Key Players Analysis

first_imgThe Global HIV Vaccine market report has been compiled by the best subject matter experts and market research professionals to ensure that the data in the report is obtained from the most authentic sources and the forecast is of the highest accuracy.The HIV Vaccines Market is continuously growing across the world over the coming years. HIV vaccines have the purpose to protecting individuals who don’t have HIV from being infected with the virus or treating an HIV-infected person. Millions of people are currently infected with the HIV and about thirty million people died because of the AIDS infection since the beginning of the epidemic.Get an inclusive research report offering a thorough market analysis and growth outlook of the global HIV Vaccines market in the latest research report added by Big Market Research.The study offers an extensive analysis of key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.The report offers detailed segmentation of the global HIV Vaccines market based on Electronic Type Infant Scales, Mechanical Type HIV Vaccines and region. It evaluates these regions based on the prospect and status for the forecast period. Additionally, the research presents the current market condition and outlook of each region. Regions analyzed in the research include North America, Europe, China, Japan, Middle East & Africa, India, and South America. Market dynamics are also revealed in the research based on risks, driving forces, and opportunities. A brief overview of each segment and sub-segment is provided.Request for a Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2895130?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=ABThe research offers an in-depth analysis of major market players operating in the global HIV Vaccines industry.Key market players operating in the industry include:AlphaVaxAntigen ExpressArgo TherapeuticBionor PharmaceuticalsCelldex TherapeuticsFIT BiotechCrucell PharmaceuticalGeneCureGenetic ImmunityGenVecGeoVax LabsGlaxoSmithKlineImmune Response BiopharmaInovio PharmaceuticalsNovartisThe research demonstrates the performance of each player active in the industry. Besides this, the report offers an overview and highlights of recent advancements of each player in the market. These insights help understand the competitive scenario and take important steps to gain major market share. Comprehensive analysis of consumption, market share, and growth rate of each application is offered for the historic period. The report also offers insights on suppliers, buyers, and merchants in the market.The research evaluates the manufacturing cost of the Global HIV Vaccines market. It discusses key raw materials, dealers, and labor costs. In addition, it evaluates the manufacturing process of the industry. The research also provides insights into Porter’s Five Forces model, value chain analysis, and PEST analysis.The report clearly indicates that the HIV Vaccines Industry has achieved extensive growth since 2025 with several significant advances related to the industry. This report is prepared based on a detailed evaluation of the industry by experts.To conclude, stakeholders, investors, product managers, marketing executives, and other professionals looking for unbiased data on supply, demand, and future estimates would find the report valuable.Avail the Discount on this Report @  https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2895130?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=AB About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world . Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

Guam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention

first_img“As a growing and very important travel segment, we want to make vital connections with the LGBT travel community to initiate the generation of travel packages that will drive this niche market into Guam. We see great potential as we look to further diversify our source markets,” said Pilar Laguaña, GVB’s Director of Global Marketing.GVB attended the IGLTA for the first time in 2017 and found that Guam was a desirable destination for the LGBT market. GVB plans to further build relations with LGBT travel organizations to sell Guam as a destination to numerous wholesalers that will be attending the expo, as well as to showcase the new Guam LGBT Travel – 7 Day Paradise Guide produced in collaboration with Andrew Collins, the 2017 IGLTA Honors recipient for Travel Writer.Guam’s honorable Speaker of the 34th Guam Legislature, Benjamin J.F Cruz is participating as panelist in the “Selling Mainstream Travel to LGBTQ Travelers” education breakout session during this year’s IGLTA moderated by Billy Kolber from Man About World. Speaker Cruz introduced the Bill, which establishes same-sex civil unions containing all the rights and benefits of civil marriage in Guam. On Friday, June 5th, Guam became the first US territory to recognize gay marriage, after a federal judge struck down the prohibition. GVB believes the legalization of same-sex marriage in Guam provides an opportunity to develop the LGBT targeted tourism marketing.Guam’s beautiful natural scenery paints the ideal picture for a dreamy getaway in paradise. A majority of Guam’s hotels boast romantic oceanfront chapels, creating memorable and picturesque moments like no other. Travelers will find Guam to be one of the most LGBTQ-welcoming destinations in the Pacific region. From hotel staff to restaurant and shop employees, the island’s hospitality industry is extremely accepting of LGBTQ visitors, and same-sex couples can expect to feel very comfortable holding hands, sunbathing together on the beach, and simply being themselves. The island has a sizable, and quite visible, LGBTQ community that thrives throughout the island. Guam Pride (guampride.org) launched in 2017 and is held each year (typically in early June) and consists of a Pride March, social gatherings, beach party and cultural arts festival. The Guam Visitors Bureau, which is a proud member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, enthusiastically welcomes LGBTQ visitors from all over the world and is a helpful resource for both trip and wedding planning.About Guam Visitors BureauThe Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB), a non-profit membership corporation, is the official tourism agency for the U.S. Territory of Guam. Among its responsibilities, GVB develops and implements Guam’s strategic marketing plans for tourism, as well as manages programs and activities that enhances and showcases Guam’s people, natural beauty, and culture to deliver an incomparable visitor experience. GVB also conducts tourism-related research, event planning, and outreach activities. The Bureau serves as a critical bridge linking the local government and private sector. Guam’s tourism industry aims to contribute successfully to a better quality of life for all who call Guam home.About Guam Guam is the southernmost island of the Marianas and is the largest island in Micronesia with a total land area of 550 square kilometers and 170,000 in population. Guam is an ideal vacation destination for visitors seeking a taste of the USA and a luxury island experience. Guam has exotic beaches and lush tropical forests brushed with colorful flowers. There are many activities to enjoy—experience the island’s culture, water sports, diving, sightseeing, golf, and duty-free shopping at brand name stores, luxury goods boutiques, and shopping malls.About Benjamin CruzBenjamin Cruz is the speaker for the 34th Guam Legislature, Chairman of the Legislative Committee on Appropriations and Adjudication, and a Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam. Throughout his distinguished career, he has been at the forefront of the fight for human and civil rights on Guam. Recognizing that employment is essential to a decent standard of living, the then-Vice Speaker introduced legislation in 2015 to update Guam’s laws and provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. As a result, Public Law 33-64, also known as the “Guam Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2015” added sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran or military status to the list of immutable or protected characteristics that do not inhibit employment opportunities. The former Family Court judge has also doubled down on domestic violence awareness, introducing several critical pieces of legislation that identify the escalating warning signs of domestic assault and punish abusers. Whether it’s cutting unnecessary government spending, increasing the minimum wage for Guam’s working poor, or preserving the island, Benjamin’s vision for Guam has always remained the same during his 43 years of service: ensure that government works just as hard for the powerless as it does for the powerful.About Andrew CollinsAndrew Collins who resides with his partner Fernando in both Mexico City and Portland, Oregon, has been writing for and editing LGBT and mainstream travel guidebooks, magazines, and newspapers for nearly three decades. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 1991, he landed a job as an editorial assistant for the Fodor’s travel guidebook division of Random House. At age 23, having risen to the title of Associate Editor, he left Fodor’s to embark on a freelance career. His first big break: successfully pitching his former employer with what would become Fodor’s Gay Guide to the USA, which came out in 1996. The first LGBT travel guidebook produced by a major mainstream travel guidebook publisher, the book received a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from the Society of American Travel Writers.Since that time, Collins has served as editor or writer on more than 180 Fodor’s titles and has authored Moon Travel Handbooks on New Orleans, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He still writes about Oregon and Washington for the Fodor’s Pacific Northwest guidebook. He’s written hundreds of travel stories for both mainstream and LGBTQ newspapers and magazines, including The Advocate, Out Traveler, Travel + Leisure, AAA Living, Four Seasons Magazine, and Sunset, and he’s created LGBT content for websites and visitor guides for the CVBs of more than 20 cities, including Albuquerque, Denver, Kansas City, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle, Sonoma County, and St. Petersburg. For 10 years, Collins produced About.com’s LGBT travel site, and in recent years he’s launched and served as the editor of gay travel magazines about Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. He’s currently editor in chief of three new magazines focused on LGBTQ weddings and romance travel, Love Wins Texas, Love Wins California, and Love Wins Pacific Northwest. He’s also editor in chief of The Pearl, a quarterly lifestyle magazine about Portland’s trendiest neighborhood, and he’s a contributing travel writer to New Mexico Magazine. Since 2004, Collins has also taught classes on travel writing and food writing for New York City’s acclaimed Gotham Writers’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Like this:Like Loading… On May 8th 2018, the Guam Visitors Bureau attended the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Annual Global Convention, the largest expo in LGBT tourism in the world. The convention is a 4-day event, which takes place in Toronto, Canada. Going on its 35th year, the conference will link travel wholesalers and buyers that are LGBT-friendly.The IGLTA is the world’s leading LGBT travel organization and is also an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The convention aims to provide a platform where LGBT travelers and organizations can obtain resources for destinations that are LGBT-friendly as well as to expand LGBT travel globally.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this: UNWTO and LGBT Tourism: Second Global report released at IGLTA SummitIGLTA honors ITB Berlin for its commitment to LGBT+ travel segmentMilan to host IGLTA Global ConventionMore articles on eTurboNews click herelast_img read more

Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of

first_imgTags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts NEGRIL — Kicking off the summer season in style, Karisma Hotels and Resorts has opened the doors to its newest island hotel, Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma.Located on Seven Mile Beach in Negril, the contemporary ocean-view suite resort was officially feted by friends, colleagues and several Jamaican VIPS including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett and John Lynch of the Jamaica Tourism Board. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Karisma Hotels & Resorts Chairman & CEO Rafael Feliz spoke about his commitment to Jamaica, the first country after Mexico chosen for Karisma Resorts’ expansion. “Jamaica has shown its devotion to tourism and welcomes foreign investment,” said Feliz, adding that Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties are now found in nine countries including the D.R., Colombia, Montenegro and Croatia.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett proudly spoke about the 4.5% increase in arrivals to the island so far in 2017 as well as the increase in earnings, a 6.7% jump over last year. Despite the drop in Canadian visitors in 2016, Bartlett said 2017 has been positive, with a 4.5% increase in arrivals from Canada to Jamaica.Prime Minister Holness stated that ongoing investment by his government in infrastructure will support continued growth of Jamaica’s tourism industry. “For the first time ever, the Caribbean has welcomed 29 million arrivals,” said Holness, “and with our continued growth, we have been welcoming 3.5 million visitors to Jamaica in the past year, and hope to increase the number, setting a target of five million visitors by 2021.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesHolness added that Jamaica was chosen as the number one destination on TripAdvisor as well as #12 in the world and with the World Tourism Council predicting growth in global tourism, Jamaica is poised to lead the Caribbean.Azul Beach Resort Sensatori has 98 suites, featuring swim-up suites or ocean-view balconies with oversized seating, and are targeted for the North American market. Modern rooms are decorated in cool shades of gray and cream, with multiple seating areas and accents of turquoise and hot pink. The bathroom/dressing room features two spacious closets with multiple storage options, and metallic and white ceramic tiles.Guests have access to personal concierge and butler service, nine Gourmet-Inclusive restaurants, Vassa Spa (which features the Samadhi room), an expansive bride prep room for hair, makeup and spa treatments and extensive children’s programming including Azulitos Playhouse, My Gym Children’s Fitness Program and Azulitos Spa. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Resort dining options include global flavours at Mahogany, Thai cuisine at Hua Hin and seafood at the Garfield Beach Bar, named for the resort’s original owner, Dr. Garfield Munroe. The resort also features exclusive offers with Canadian Beef and Jackson Family Wines. Stylish places to drink include swim-up bars, Indigo Denim Bar and Amber Oceanfront Bar, which feature bands, DJs and dance performances in the evening.Additional amenities at the Azul Beach Resort Sensatori include pillow, room scent and toiletry options for premium guests, as well as complimentary watersports, yoga on the beach, cooking classes, rum tastings and Caribbean cooking classes.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTGuests have access to the Azul Sensatori pools as well as dining options such as Ackee for Jamaican cuisine, Di Romagna for Italian cuisine, Palms for breakfast, lunch or dinner and Nesta Rasta Lounge for music and local rums. Both resorts now offer 285 suites.The opening of Azul Beach Resort Sensatori follows the opening of Azul Sensatori Resort in 2014 and continues Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ ongoing investment in Jamaica. The next major project is Sugar Cane Jamaica, a $1 billion investment to create a hotel, entertainment and retail complex on over 200 acres in the island’s St. Ann region. Slated to start construction later in 2017, Sugar Cane Jamaica will feature Nickelodeon and Margaritaville resorts and 2.5 kilometres of beachfront.Karisma Hotels & Resorts is focused on expansion plans beyond Jamaica too, with a Nickelodeon Resort and a Margaritaville Resort currently underway for both Punta Cana and Riviera Maya. Waheeda Harris Share Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica opens with 98 suites and plenty of luxe touches About Latest Posts Waheeda HarrisA traveller from a young age, Travelweek contributor Waheeda Harris is pop culture obsessed, loves spicy food and is happy to wander around our planet with her camera in hand. Latest posts by Waheeda Harris (see all) Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Edge stars of JetSet3 fam – April 23, 2019 Unleash the power of cross-company digital transformation to revolutionize your CX – February 8, 2019 On location: Cabo San Lucas welcomes the stylish Riu Palace Baja California – December 20, 2018last_img read more

No more zone boarding for Delta new boarding order coming in January

first_img Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Share No more zone boarding for Delta, new boarding order coming in January Posted by NEW YORK — Zone boarding may soon be a thing of the past for Delta customers.As part of the carrier’s efforts to make the gate and boarding experience as simple and consistent as possible, it has announced a global shift to ‘boarding by branded fare purchased’, eliminating the standard practice of boarding by zone.SkyMiles Medallion Members and eligible Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Card Members will continue to receive priority boarding.The change comes into effect on Jan. 23 to all Delta-operated global flights, and was made to increase the number of boarding groups to encourage fewer customers to lineup in the gate area at any one time. It will also be accompanied by new colour accents that distinguish Delta’s fare products: Basic Economy, Main Cabin, Delta Comfort+, Delta Premium Select/First Class, and Delta One.Each product, in addition to Sky Priority, will have a specific complementary colour from booking through boarding.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe new boarding order name will be featured in the online shopping experience, on boarding passes, on the Today screen of the Fly Delta app, and on Jetway screens and boarding signage at gates. Travelweek Group Branded boarding buildings on Delta’s latest boarding enhancement, the addition of zone 4 earlier this year, specifically for Basic Economy customers. As a result, customer satisfaction scores improved dramatically for the reduced number of customers in zone 3, plus in every other zone (double-digit increases were seen in the Main Cabin zones).Basic Economy customers are notified during the shopping experience that their carry-on bag may need to be checked at the gate, free of charge, which helps manage expectations for checking bags at the gate. This practice will continue with the introduction of Delta’s new branded boarding order. Tags: Delta Air Lines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more