Premier Rodney MacDonald joined staff and residents of L’Arche Cape Breton today, Sept. 29, to celebrate their high-speed connection to the Internet. The event in Orangedale, Inverness Co., was another milestone for the province’s $75-million Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative that promises 100 per cent high-speed access to all Nova Scotians by the end of 2009. “We are celebrating Orangedale as the first area in Cape Breton to experience the benefits of high-speed through this initiative that connects rural Nova Scotia quickly and economically to the world,” said Premier MacDonald. “By making this important service available, we are encouraging people to build careers, raise their families and enjoy the advantages of living in rural Nova Scotia.” L’Arche Cape Breton is part of an international program creating homes and jobs for people who have developmental disabilities. The Cape Breton location is the only rural member of the L’Arche organization in Canada. “Our organization is now able to communicate more efficiently and effectively within its partner communities worldwide,” said Jenn Power, executive director of L’Arche Cape Breton. “We attract international staff who now have high-speed connections for research, as well as the ability to communicate with colleagues and family around the world.” Seaside Communications won the contract to provide high-speed access in northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton. When its network is completed, the company will be providing upwards of 39,000 civic addresses with the opportunity to subscribe to high-speed. “We are pleased to partner with the province to help provide this service in our region,” said Irving Schwartz, president of Seaside Communications. “Orangedale is the first of hundreds of sites in our coverage area that we are pleased to connect as a result of rigourous planning.” The Broadband for Rural Nova Scotia initiative will give our Nova Scotia schools, businesses and families the opportunity to connect and compete worldwide. It is being cost shared by the provincial and federal governments and high-speed service providers.
New Tehri: Nine children died and eleven were injured when a van taking them to school fell into a 200-metre-deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal district on Tuesday morning, an official said. The accident occurred on the Kangsali-Madannegi road near Lambgaon in Pratap Nagar area, around 150 km from Dehradun, Tehri District Magistrate V Shanmugam said. Nine children died on the spot and eleven were injured. The driver jumped off the vehicle to save himself and fled the spot, Shanmugam said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Five children who had sustained serious head injuries were airlifted to the AIIMS Rishikesh. Five others are under treatment at a hospital in Bauradi, while one was taken by his parents to Shrinagar in Pauri district, the district magistrate said. The children, aged between four-13, were going to the Angels International School, Madannegi. They were from Kangsali village in the area. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief and ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. An official said overloading appeared to have been one of the factors that led to the accident as the van could accommodate only 10 people, but was carrying 21, including the driver.
EDMONTON – The Alberta government will be offering an Arabic language curriculum across the province next year.Alberta Education is working to develop the bilingual program with Edmonton Public Schools, one of a few districts in the province that provides the option.The Edmonton public board says Arabic is its fastest growing language program.The province contracted the board last year to help develop a modified version.The program, for students in kindergarten through Grade 12, will be available starting in September.Education Minister David Eggen says the government recognizes the economic and academic benefits of proficiency in more than one language.“We are thrilled to be moving forward in our commitment to develop the provincial Arabic language arts K-12 curriculum by September 2018. We know this new curriculum will make life better for so many students in Alberta,” he said in a release.The president of the Canadian Arab Friendship Association, Yazan Haymour, says his organization appreciates Alberta’s effort to promote Arabic education.“This move forward will help to enrich the linguistic and cultural diversity of students and allow for better achievement on the social, academic and cultural level.”
PIKANGIKUM, Ont. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a remote northwestern Ontario reserve help with a housing shortage that the chief says is worse than ever.Trudeau said during a visit to Pikangikum First Nation that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing.He said more and better housing in Indigenous communities is one of his government’s priorities.Earlier in the day, Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen said the backlog of homes needing to be built on the reserve is almost twice as much as it was when he became chief.Some new houses and a new school have been built, but the chief added that construction on the reserve is hampered by a lack of electrical capacity.The community called on Trudeau to come visit after a fatal fire in 2016 that killed six adults and three children under five in one home.Trudeau told students during a question-and-answer session at the school that the government wants to make investments that are going to make a real difference.“We know that unless you can start with safe, secure, adequate housing, it becomes difficult to succeed in anything else in life,” he said Friday. “It is difficult to go to school, difficult to work, difficult to raise a family right.“It needs to start with housing.”Owen said there were 1,800 band members in 2005 when he became chief of the reserve, about 500 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ont.“We had a shortfall, backlog of homes back then close to 300 homes. Thirteen years later, we’re at 3,100 people on reserve and the backlog has since almost doubled,” Owen said in an interview Friday before Trudeau’s arrival.Owen said an extended family of nine or 10 people often shares one of the reserve’s existing homes and people are forced to sleep in shifts.He said construction on the reserve is hampered by a lack of electrical capacity.“The problem actually has to do with the size of the electrification that we have running diesel generators,” he said. “We maxed that out pretty much two years ago.”The federal government last summer announced up to $60 million in funding to connect Pikangikum to Ontario’s power grid. Owen said that should help.“That will definitely allow for more housing, more infrastructure. We’re pretty much in dire need for living like anyone else in Canada or Ontario — water and sewer in every home.”Pikangikum faces challenges on top of substandard housing. A boil-water advisory has lasted more than a decade on parts of the reserve. The community has a water treatment plant, but about 80 per cent of homes are not connected and rely on truck delivery or hauling water by hand.Trudeau said his government has eliminated boil-water advisories on about two dozen reserves and is still working to erase them entirely by March 2021.Suicide also remains prevalent.Answering a question about young people killing themselves, Trudeau said the solution is twofold.“We need to make sure that you’re getting the support from people who will help you through that difficult moment. But we also need to make sure that it’s not just a Band-Aid, that we are giving you opportunities to be hopeful about your future, about your capacity to build a better life, have a great family.”The prime minister started his visit Friday with a meeting at the band office. He told council members, Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and others that he was in the community primarily to listen to concerns and see what the government can do to help.Nishnawbe Aski Nation represents about 50 First Nations in northern Ontario.“We see a lot of challenging things in the news from time to time about difficulties faced by people in this community,” Trudeau said. “But … one of the things I’ve been excited about … is that there is a lot of work being done and a lot of good stories as well that we are working to build.”The prime minister then visited Eenchokay Birchstick School, which opened about 18 months ago after the former school burned down.He stopped briefly in a couple of classrooms. In one, he took part in a game where he stepped on tiles on the ground with different letters on them as students shouted out the letters — sort of a hopscotch with the alphabet.In another room, he quizzed elementary school students on words in Ojibwa. He first held up a picture of a bear, or “makwa,” and told the kids his brother once had a dog with that name.
MONTREAL — Pressure is growing on McGill University to shed its sports teams’ Redmen nickname after students voted overwhelmingly in favour of the change in a referendum.In a statement announcing results of the vote Monday night, the Students’ Society of McGill University said it will continue pressing the university until it “acknowledges the damage that the Redmen name has done, and addresses those damages by, first of all, changing it.”The vote followed a campaign by Indigenous staff and students to drop a name they consider derogatory. They gained the support of 79 per cent of students who cast ballots.The Redmen name, originally written as Red Men, dates back to the 1920s. The school says it is a tribute to the team’s red uniforms and possibly a nod to university founder James McGill’s Celtic origins.“In ancient times, Celts were known as the Red Men because of their hair … our own Red Men were no doubt Celts in honour of James McGill’s Scottish descent,” McGill’s official historian, the late Stanley Frost, is quoted stating on the McGill Athletics web site.But in the 1950s, the name took on a different sense, with men’s and women’s teams colloquially referred to as the “Indians” or the “Squaws.” In the 1980s, several McGill teams used a stylized logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress.Tomas Jirousek, the student society’s Indigenous affairs commissioner and a member of McGill’s varsity rowing team, explained before the referendum why the Redmen name is hurtful. “Indigenous student athletes feel isolated within McGill athletics, and Indigenous students feel isolated within McGill more generally,” he said.Students’ society executive members said that keeping the name would amount to “oppressive and racist behaviour,” and they congratulated the student body for showing leadership.“Today, SSMU members stood behind Indigenous students on campus who have called on McGill to address their feelings of anxiety, discomfort, and isolation on campus,” the executive said in a statement. “Today, we as a student body, stood for the values of respect and inclusivity on campus.”Twenty-eight per cent of eligible students voted in the non-binding referendum. The final tally was 4,616 in favour of changing the name and 1,240 against.A response from the administration was not immediately available.In an Oct. 24 message to the McGill community, provost Christopher Manfredi acknowledged the feelings of those who consider the name pejorative as well as those who feel pride in past Redmen achievements.“In this particular instance, any decision about the Redmen name must emerge from a process that engages all relevant stakeholders in conversation, drawing us together while building on a sense of shared community and dedication to McGill University,” Manfredi said.He said a working group on commemoration and renaming will address the issue of the Redmen name in its final report, to be submitted next month. The university will rely on the report to guide its decision, he said.The Canadian Press
19 December 2008The overall health situation in Zimbabwe, which is suffering from its worst ever recorded cholera epidemic, is “quite worrying,” with medical staff basically not going to work because their salaries were too small, according to a senior United Nations health official who has just returned from the southern African country. “I have seen hospitals that were basically empty – ghost hospitals, with no material, no staff,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Disease Control and Emergency Operations Coordinator Dominique Legros told a news conference in Geneva today.But some government staff had resumed working in centres treating cholera, which has infected more than 20,500 people, killing over 1,100, said Mr. Legros, who had set up the UN control and command centre for the outbreak in Harare, the capital.“Something we have to fix quickly is the discrepancies in salaries,” he added. “There are Government staff being paid government wages – which was very little in practice – and staff working for non-governmental organizations with much higher wages. We have to fix that and get incentives for staff to work in the health facilities.”That was the priority if they were to save lives and improve the quality of care, Mr. Legros said.The UN is planning for a worst-case scenario of 60,000 cholera cases before the end of the rainy season, based on an estimate that half of the country’s population is potentially at risk.
…begs Magistrate not to serve time here but in home country of TrinidadCornelious Thomas stood silently in the prisoner’s dock while Magistrate Dylan Bess summed up the evidence before handing down the sentence.Thomas was first arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts in May, 2017 where he was charged and remanded to prison for trafficking in 834 grams of cannabis.Cornelius ThomasThe 32-year-old, Trinidadian gospel promoter, who then resided in Guyhoc Gardens and had denied possession of the illicit drug, alleged in court that on the day in question (May 28) his landlord called him and held him at gunpoint, informing him that a black bag was found in his apartment before calling the police.When the defendant made his appearance on Friday, Magistrate Dylan Bess ruled that the court is satisfied that the alleged substance was indeed cannabis and this was proven by the analyst’s report.The Magistrate continued that the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant had full care and control of the narcotics which were found inside his apartment and this was evidenced by caution statements given during the investigation process, an inference to which the accused did not object to when it was read in court during trial.The presiding Magistrate held that narcotics were found in a room which the accused occupied to which he had care and control of.Further, the defendant’s knowledge of the illicit substance was also to be inferred from both oral and written caution statements in which he admitted to same.Magistrate Bess then concluded that the prosecution had successfully proven all elements of the offence and the witnesses were not discredited under cross examination.Considering that the accused is a first time offender, with no prior convictions, the Magistrate passed a sentence of three years and six months along with a fine of $566,000.Non-payment of the fine will see Thomas spending an additional six months in prison.Thomas accepted his fate but petitioned the Magistrate to serve time in his home country, Trinidad, for safety purposes, citing that the situation in Guyana is “unpredictable” following the recent prison unrest and fire.Magistrate Bess however, responded to the effect that he had no power to grant the defendant’s request while acknowledging that prisons are not meant to be “comfortable” places.The accused was adamant in wanting to avoid Camp Street at all costs and the Magistrate assured that he will include in the order a request for the defendant to serve the time at either Lusignan (East Coast Demerara) or Mazaruni (Region-Seven).Thomas was one of the six inmates who escaped from the Camp Street Prison on July 9, following the fire and subsequent unrest. He was recaptured weeks later in ‘C’ Field South Sophia.It remains unclear at this point whether he was charged with escaping from lawful custody. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T gospel show promoter remanded to prison for trafficking cannabisMay 30, 2017In “Court”Campbellville resident remanded on ganja possession chargeApril 23, 2018In “Court”Two charged for cocaine utensil, smoking weedSeptember 26, 2017In “Court”
Australia is having a national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace “No-one should have to suffer sexual harassment at work, or in any other part of their lives,” Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said. By AFP AUSTRALIA LAUNCHED A national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment today, in a sign governments are beginning to respond to a global issue highlighted by the massive #MeToo movement.The probe, to be conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, will look into the legal framework on sexual harassment and review complaints made to anti-discrimination agencies. It will also focus on the role of technology and social media.It comes on the back of the online #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct that has made waves around the world and seen victims come forward to report harassment, sometimes by leading figures in industry and the arts.“No-one should have to suffer sexual harassment at work, or in any other part of their lives,” Minister for Women Kelly O’Dwyer said in a statement.O’Dwyer said the personal and career consequences of workplace sex harassment were “very significant”, citing negative impacts such as reduced productivity, high staff turnover, absenteeism, compensation claims and early retirement.A similar probe is underway in the UK, but the Commission said it believed the Australian inquiry was the first to be launched in response to the #MeToo movement, and demonstrated “international leadership” on the issue.More than 20% of people aged over 15 have been sexually harassed in Australia, with 68% of those cases in the workplace, according to the government.Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said early indications from an ongoing Australian survey would show that rates of sexual harassment have “increased significantly” since the last one was conducted in 2012.“The commission will use the findings of the national survey to identify the scale and nature of the problem across a range of industry sectors,” she added in a statement.The United Nations’ labour body earlier this month said it would draft an international treaty to protect workers from sexual harassment and violence.© – AFP 2018 Minister Kelly O’Dwyer speaking in parliament today. 7,242 Views Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/4080633 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Minister Kelly O’Dwyer speaking in parliament today. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images 31 Comments Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 10:10 AM Jun 20th 2018, 10:10 AM Short URL Share18 Tweet Email
Baha Mar gets green light from PM Christie Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Baha Mar started accepting bookings on May 8th and now the resort is reportedly at 50% occupancy, and that is thanks in large part to the Commonwealth Youth Games where 1300 delegates are in country. Baha Mar president Graham Davis was giving PM Dr Hubert Minnis a tour and an update and media was there.In statements following the Tuesday tour, it was explained that 2100 Bahamians are working at Baha Mar and the figure is expected to soar to 4,000 by the end of the year with the opening of the SLS lux brand. SLS is scheduled for opening late October, early November which is the start of a high long stay arrivals tourism season.Davis said after 60 days of opening, the Baha Mar resort can boast of having $75M in bookings for definite and tentative stays and he described the staggered opening of the resort, on target.#MagneticMediaNews#BahaMarNassauBahamas#75millioninBahaMarbookings Related Items:#75millioninBahaMarbookings, #BahaMarNassauBahamas, #magneticmedianews
Spanish giants Barcelona are hoping to secure the services of Tottenham striker Harry Kane in a blockbuster £200million transfer, claim The Daily Star.The Spanish giants see the in-form English superstar as a long-term replacement for forward Luis Suarez, while the newspaper reports that the likes of Richarlison, Kylian Mbappe, and Antoine Greizmann are also on their shortlist.Barcelona face Tottenham in their final Group game in the UEFA Champions League and they are hoping to have a firsthand assessment of the striker who will be leading his team to Camp Nou.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Tottenham are currently in the second spot behind Group B winners Barcelona, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men know that they are likely to have to conjure up a win in Spain in order to beat off competition from Inter Milan, and in turn secure qualification.The Italian outfit are also on seven points after five games, and they face rock-bottom PSV at the San Siro on the same night.Kane penned a new six-year contract with Tottenham in June, but The Daily Star speculates that Barcelona could test the waters with an initial £150m bid for the striker, which the paper claims could tempt the Tottenham Board due to the ‘spiralling costs’ of their new stadium, which they are likely to move into at some point in early 2019.
Updated: 9:29 AM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, will join with local workers Thursday to call for the passage of a bill she authored that would limit when businesses and companies could classify employees as independent contractors.Assembly Bill 5 would codify worker protections established in last year’s state Supreme Court decision in the case of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles. If passed, the bill would reclassify thousands of California workers like Uber drivers and exotic dancers as employees rather than independent contractors.There are some oppositions from some rideshare drivers who fear the passage of the bill would take away their ability to work when they want to.Opponents said the bill doesn’t accurately reflect today’s realities. They are concerned it would move the state backward by eliminating their choice to work independently.They also argue that many people drive for Uber and Lyft to earn extra money to supplement their day job. If the drivers become full-time employees, they will no longer be able to continue driving part-time. This will leave a considerable gap in the transportation that millions of consumers rely on every day.The two giant ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, are by far the most vocal opponents of the bill.The Assembly passed AB 5 in May and it currently sits in the state Senate as companies attempt to carve out exemptions for specific industries like ride-booking and food delivery services. The bill has also drawn national attention due to support from Democratic presidential candidates and Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Kamala Harris, D-California.Janitorial workers and representatives of Rideshare Drivers United in Southern California, the United Taxi Workers Alliance, the Employee Rights Center and the Sierra Club are expected to join Gonzalez at the rally and news conference to call for AB 5’s passage. The rally is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Waterfront Park. KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 10, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Supporters of AB5 Rally in San Diego August 10, 2019
Fargher Lake might become an actual lake again.A newly proposed wetland mitigation bank would restore a portion of Fargher Lake in north Clark County, in return for allowing developers to fill wetlands elsewhere.o What: The state Department of Ecology is seeking comment on a proposal to construct and operate a 113-acre wetland mitigation bank in the Fargher Lake area. The comment period ends Jan. 7.o To comment: Send written comments to Kate Thompson, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Fargher Lake has mainly existed as a geographic point of reference rather than an actual lake since farmers drained it for agricultural purposes beginning 80 to 100 years ago.That would change if state and federal regulators sanction the creation of a new wetland mitigation bank on 113 acres off Northeast 379th Street. It would mark the county’s second state-sanctioned mitigation bank, both organized and operated by Woodinville-based Habitat Bank Inc.
Something for the weekend: An office’s location and its amenities often form part of the decision-making process when an individual is considering a new job, but how far would desk-delivered luxury beverages rank up an employee’s list of office enticements? Enstar Capital is pulling out all the stops for its latest Soho office development, installing food lifts so that future employees can sip champagne at their desks at the simple touch of a button.The £100 million, 46,750 square foot site, based across adjoining 40 Beak Street and 1-3 James Street in Soho, London, will feature hotel-style luxuries. This will include food lifts that deliver champagne, cocktails, sushi or caviar to employees from restaurants based on the ground floor. Staff will be able to enjoy food from Sticks n Sushi and the Orient Express-inspired, English-Russian restaurant Bob Bob Ricard.With 15,500 square foot of Grade A office space, the opulent workspace at 40 Beak Street will also showcase spa-style bathrooms that are modelled on the Gansevoort Hotel in Manhattan, uniformed valet staff, a concierge desk, private terraces and balconies, and ‘light speed’ lifts that will be able to whizz staff to meetings on different floors in a mere two seconds per floor.The Beak Street office complex, designed by architects Stiff and Trevillion, is due to be completed in March 2018, with public artwork by sculptor Lee Simmons adding the finishing touch.Enstar Capital is no stranger to this level of luxury; the Beak Street development is the third ‘lifestyle’ project it has undertaken. Its first development to include special food lifts is based on the Strand in Covent Garden, while its 2015 Mayfair development is home to champagne and food lifts, as well as Armani-style bathrooms complete with gold effect toilets and bespoke luxury interiors.Simon Lyons, chief executive officer at Enstar Capital, said: “40 Beak Street will be the finest office complex in Soho, built to last a 100 years and currently the largest construction project currently taking place in the locality. The new building will be fitted out to a luxurious residential quality, and should the occupier wish, food lifts, drink buttons, comfort cooling and bespoke interiors can form part of the specification.”Here at Employee Benefits, we are wondering what impact such an indulgent office environment could have on work-life balance? Who wouldn’t want to treat themselves to champagne and sushi for dinner? We would certainly love to have a look around this show-stopping office, just a stone’s throw away from our own Soho base…
Facebook The competition in each category is interesting, for example Choice Latin Artist nominated J Balvin, Becky G, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, and Maluma. J Balvin is super fresh, Becky G has many teens who identify with her, and Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi had last summer’s biggest hit.So the viral chase is on for fans to vote their Teen Choice Awards favorites up the ranks. On August 12 the winners will be announced live on Fox.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift Top 2018 Teen Choice Noms Voting is open now that the popular nominations have been announcedPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jun 13, 2018 – 4:04 pm The 2018 Teen Choice Awards announced many of their nominees on June 13, putting an array of America’s most beloved entertainers up for popular voting that is now open and sure to be extremely viral.For some quick tastes from the top categories, Choice Female Artist nominees are Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, and Taylor Swift. This year’s Choice Male Artists include Drake, Niall Horan, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, and Louis Tomlinson. Those are great selections to choose from.Voting is open either online via TeenChoice.com or by Twitter hashtag, one per Tweet by pairing a name with #ChoiceMaleArtist or #ChoiceFemaleArtist. The limit on enthusiasm is 10 votes per day, per category, for each platform user ID, a wrinkle some multiplatform fans are likely to use effectively. Among other things, for the musical artists, this really is a chance for their fan bases to show their love. Email Teen Choice Noms: Cardi B, Taylor Swift & More cardi-b-shawn-mendes-taylor-swift-top-2018-teen-choice-noms Twitter News
The Mat Su Borough Assembly met, not to take action on the list, but to discuss the priorities printed out in the form of a resolution. Borough manager John Moosey told the panel that the list held nothing new.. most of the projects on it had been on the table for some time, many of them are partially complete, or near completion [CutID:
Huthi representative Salim al-Moughaless (L) and Yemeni economist and government representative Ahmed Ghaleb (R) shake hands during the first Yemen peace talks since 2016, on 10 December 2018 in the Swedish rural town of Rimbo. A mass prisoner swap between Yemeni rebels and the government, a key issue at UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, has been finalised, both sides said today. Brokered by UN special envoy Martin Griffiths earlier this month, it is one of the main points at talks between the government and Huthi rebels in Sweden this week. Photo: PhotoMediators in UN-brokered talks on Yemen pushed Wednesday for a truce between warring parties as a crucial step to allow aid deliveries, with 24 hours left in the negotiations.But the likeliest issue on which the parties could agree is Sanaa airport, shut down for years in the war between the Saudi-backed government and northern rebels linked to Iran.Yemeni government representatives told reporters the rivals were hammering out the final details on an airport deal. Two rebel negotiators denied to AFP that their team had agreed to a UN proposal as yet.UN negotiators are seeking a de-escalation of violence in two flashpoint cities: rebel-held Hodeida, a port city vital to the supply of humanitarian aid, and Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city, scene of some of the war’s most intense fighting.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was due at the talks in Rimbo, Sweden, for Thursday’s closing round of consultations. His arrival comes hours after his office said it had evidence the rebel Huthis were using Iran-made missiles.- ‘No agreement’ -The Sweden talks, which opened Thursday, mark the first meeting between Yemen’s Huthi rebels and the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, backed since 2015 by a behemoth military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.Both government and rebel representatives have traded accusations of unwillingness to negotiate, particularly on rebel-held Hodeida, the main route for 90 percent of food imports and nearly 80 percent of aid deliveries.Multiple draft proposals have been submitted to the two delegations over the past week. None have found consensus as yet.Yemeni ministers Othman Mujalli and Marwan Dammaj told reporters Wednesday their camp would hold firm to UN Security Council Resolution 2216 — which calls for the Huthis to withdraw from all areas seized in a 2014 takeover, including Hodeida.The rebels have refused a full withdrawal.Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani this week proposed government-held Aden as Yemen’s sole international airport, with Sanaa turning into a hub for domestic flights.The government accuses the rebels of arms smuggling through Sanaa airport and the Red Sea port of Hodeida, and the Saudi-led coalition has severely restricted flights to and from Sanaa for years.While a source inside the talks said a deal had been reached on Sanaa airport, rebel representative Abdelmalik al-Ajri told AFP his team had not agreed to the latest proposal.”There is no agreement,” Ajri said. “Talks are ongoing.””The issue today is the airport, the final touches,” said Othman Mujalli, Yemen’s agriculture minister and a member of the government delegation.”Today’s discussion is around (Sanaa airport), which will be a domestic airport for flights that have been searched during a stop in Aden.”The Yemen conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people since the Saudi-led coalition joined the war in 2015, according to the World Health Organization, triggering what the UN calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.Both parties stand accused of failing to protect civilians. The Saudi-led alliance has been blacklisted by the UN for the killing and maiming of children.
Unfit buses get makeover in N’ganj for Eid. Photo: Ashraful AlamUnscrupulous bus owners in the district have refurbished their old and unfit buses to operate those during the mad rush of Eid-ul-Fitr, caring little about the safety and security of holidaymakers.Every year, thousands of people who leave capital Dhaka and its adjacent districts to celebrate Eid with the families in their village homes face this trouble due to inadequate public transport.Taking advantage of the situation, bus owners repair their unfit vehicles to carry passengers, defying the risk of fatal accidents.During a visit to Narayanganj Central Bus Terminal, the UNB correspondent found at least 10 unfit and worn-out buses were getting prepared for plying roads during Eid.Talking to the UNB correspondent, some transport owners said as there is huge rush during three days before and after Eid, they repair their old vehicles to meet the additional demand of passengers.”Taking advantage of the situation, bus owners make brisk business using their old and unfit buses,” said garment worker Harun Miah.”One of such unfit bus had gone out of operation on Dhaka-Chattogram Highway during our Eid journey to Noakhali last year, triggering a long tailback on the highway and causing unbearable sufferings to us,” Nurul said.Babul Hossain, a bus painter of the central bus terminal area, said, “They’ve to face huge pressure of work during Eid every year and there’s no exception this year, too.”Engine mechanic Yasin Miah said they have to work round the clock during Eid every year as they have to complete the huge work at least a week ahead of Eid.Turning down the allegation, Moktar Hossain, president of Narayanganj Bus-Minibus Owners Association, said, “There’s no scope of operating unfit busses as the administration is on alert to check irregularities.”But, Rafiur Rabbi, convener of Passengers Rights Protection Forum, alleged that the owners are doing such illegal facelift work with the help of some dishonest officials of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA).”It’s possible to stop plying such unfit vehicles if the BRTA officials and administration become strict,” he added.This illegal practice is going on amid the alarming increase in road accidents across the country.Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers’ welfare association, on 25 January claimed that some 7,221 people were killed in at least 5,514 road accidents across the country in 2018 alone.Some 15,466 others were injured in the accidents, they added.
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3D printing is becoming more affordable, and you don’t even need your own 3D printer to create printed objects. Instead, you can use Shapeways, which allows you to upload your own 3D models and have them printed and then shipped to you.Shapeways is a great service on its own, but it has been made even better over the Christmas and new year period by Eric Haines. He has created the free to use program Mineways. Mineways allows you to export anything created in the game Minecraft in a model format that Shapeways can use to print it.So you can now load up Minecraft, create anything you want, and then print it out as a real 3D model using Mineways and Shapeways or your own 3D printer. It will cost you some money to have the model printed by Shapeways, but the example Haines gives in the video below cost just $25 to print.Anyone who already plays Minecraft and is an experienced builder should be able to just download Mineways, export a model, and get it printed. For everyone else, it’s just another good excuse to start playing the game and getting to grips with the world of blocks.Haines built Mineways on top of the open source program Minutor created by Sean Kasun. Minutor is a mapping tool for Minecraft. Mineways adds the 3D printer-friendly exporting that creates a model data file and a texture file. You then zip those up and upload them to Shapeways, and a few minutes later it lists the model ready to print. You can even sell the model for others to get printed.Although there are very few actual examples at the moment of 3D printed models created using Mineways, Haines lists the following image on the Mineways Flickr account as an example of what is possible:I get the feeling Mineways is going to be a big hit with Minecraft players and we’re going to see some great 3D models being printed in the coming months.More at Mineways
Before the moment, King hadn’t even known that his book was in the race. He didn’t know then that his account of four African American men, who were falsely accused of a crime against a white woman in Florida in 1949, would be featured in the top books of 2013. He wouldn’t have imagined that his book would be in line soon to be adapted into a Hollywood film.King received the Pulitzer in the non-fiction category for his book Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America. The book is a well researched history of civil rights case of a former associate justice in the American Supreme court, Thurgood Marshall or as King calls him ‘Mr Civil Rights’, who fought in favour of four African American men, who were accused of raping a white woman. The case led to the Ku Klux Klan waging havoc on the town of Lake County in Florida. Burning African American houses and lynching black men followed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Marshall was even threatened and one of his associates were killed. King’s book brought to light numerous details of the case with his research on the FBI files and other valuable materials.Gilbert King is a part of a panel discussion in 2015’s Jaipur Literature festival and he was in the national capital one bright Sunday to interact with school students. He talked about his love for writing and photography and why he chooses to write about injustice and his views about other pressing issues in the world. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix On Civil RightsHistory of slavery goes a long way in America and so after Abraham Lincoln the general perception was that the African community was better off now. But there was still segregation and a lot of racism. Around the time of the second world war, suddenly the African American community was deemed ‘equal’ and good enough to be sent to war. They travelled to different parts of the world where they were respected as American soldiers. They fought as equals with passion for their country. So once the war was over, and when they came back to America, they were again pushed back into living in ghettos and as second class citizens. This time they revolted and this resulted into the Klu Klux Klan lynching soldiers and other acts of violence. The county they fought for wasn’t protecting them. There was no society, no police to protect them. And this is when they turned to law. Thurgood Marshall rose as a leader and protector of civil rights then.My book is one of the many cases that remained untold. People didn’t know of all the horrific incidents that took place and writing this book was a matter of conscience for me. It was a crucial case at that time and Marshall rose as a hero. My book is a tribute to a hero.On Racial progress todayThe Internet and camera phones has made it easier to tell stories. For instance something like the Ferguson unrest would not have become this popular had it not been for the Internet, which has brought it to a higher level of consciousness for people. It has drawn attention.While I was researching for Devil in the Grove, I used to wonder how the world would have reacted if an injustice like this would have been covered on camera. But look at Ferguson case, look at Eric Garner, an African American, who was choked to death by a police officer. A video was recorded and it went viral. But police brutality is somehow justified in our society.Today, we may feel good that we have Barack Obama as the President of the United States but the issue of racial injustice is as crucial as it was then. But having said that, I think the situation has improved a lot. People may point out at the Ferguson incident or the Trevor Martin incident (17 year old African American who was shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer). To say that the situation is the same is unfair to the leaders who fought for their rights. Back then no one would know about it. Today everyone recognises the issue and that is a victory in itself. You get to the court room today and at least there is a trial.On WritingI was always drawn to underdog stories. I used to read books like the Count of Monte Cristo and I was always interested in crime stories. As a photographer I love the idea of learning new things like a child would see. The enthusiasm came to me as a writer as well to learn and tell stories. Suddenly I was seeing new things, things I had never heard before. My writing is a way to tell people what I am thinking in my head, like a photograph should. As a student I was always distracted. My grades weren’t good and my teachers used to complain that I read other things than the class assigned books. I went about my way and ended up becoming who I am. To aspiring writers I would say, read. And read history. Make yourself comfortable with the structure of a story. Be it writing a book or just journalism, people want to know the human narrative, the experience. One needs to understand that the best stories are about people and not about events. They are not about banks, they are about people in the banks.On IndiaMy impression about Indians is that there is a certain joy in people, a certain sensitivity. This is my first trip to India but I have found that people appreciate life in a different way than America. Conversations revolve around families, about reflection on life, simple things unlike the fast paced conversation that I see in America. I think Indians in general and Indian writers observe things in details.I attended the Jaipur literature festival to listen to writers like V S Naipaul. My idea of Indian literature is that it is vast. There are so many Indian books I want to read and there are so many writers who inspired me during the festival. There is so much I take back from here, that a book on India cannot be ruled out.As far as the festival itself is concerned, I believe as writers we are always at our desks. We don’t interact, I don’t teach, so I am always researching and writing and it’s kind of lonely.Such festivals make me meet people I love. People I love reading and for me it’s also about appreciating the fact that ‘Oh my God, I am on the same panel with such renouned writers’.