Soldotna To Close Part Of Redoubt Avenue For Repaving

first_imgFrom July 24th through July 30th, the road will be closed all day. For all other work, the road will be open during the evenings or weekends when work is not occurring.The road is expected to reopen fully to traffic on August 10th. During road closures a detour will be set up through Park Avenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be closing Redoubt Avenue, between Binkley Street and Fireweed Avenue, traffic for repaving and underground utility work starting on Monday. In a message from the City, if you live within the construction area, the Contractor, Foster Construction will be contacting you about access during construction. You may also contact them at 262-1609.center_img To contact the City call 262-9107 and ask to speak with the Public Works Department.last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center Palmer Park WHS Gym Floor

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 9, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will consider the request of Rick Lowe, of Tremezzo Pizzeria, to obtain a Common Victualer License for 296 Shawsheen Avenue.Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper will provide an update the recent lighting project at Palmer Park.Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello will provide an update on her department’s programs and offerings.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the high school gym floor replacement project.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter from the Attorney General’s Office approving Articles 39-42 from this year’s Annual Town Meeting.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter sent to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs regarding Senior Center funding.Selectmen will be invited to an upcoming Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at Silver Lake.Selectmen will consider ratifying the Town Manager’s appointments of Arianna Faro to the Commission on Disabilities and Christine Johnston to the Historical Commission.Selectmen will consider the request of the Recreation Department to conduct its 52nd Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2019.Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Methodist Church (c/o John Arvanitis) and Boy Scouts Troop 56 (c/o John Mainini) to sell Christmas trees.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents to reschedule their Flea Market from September 7 to October 19 in the Town Common Parking Lot.Selectmen will consider the request of Gigi Shenloogian to light the Town Common purple during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Put down the gamepad these are the best tabletop board games for

first_img Zombicide: Black Plague, $89 Horrified, $45 See at Target See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET • Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Dan Ackerman/CNET The Fallout 76 video game not doing it for you? Don’t feel bad, it’s not hitting the right note with a lot of people. As an alternative, may I suggest this expansive board-game version, which feels much more like a traditional Fallout game. It’s got factions, settlements, super mutants, buying and selling — and, of course, lots of deadly radiation. It’s also a bit fiddly, so set aside some serious time to learn the rules.  This behemoth of a board game is expensive and occasionally hard to find (but has recently dropped from about $130 to $95 at many stores). Still, it’s worth the effort and expense to explore a rich world spiced with deep, strategic combat. Gloomhaven replaces the traditional dice-based combat with a card-based system that reduces randomness and works stunningly well. While daunting at first, the gameplay turns out to be a surprisingly simple matter of picking the right cards at the right times to beat up the big scary monsters blocking your path forward. When not fighting, you can move the surprisingly rich story forward with choose-your-own-adventure style moments that reveal the interesting depth and complexity of this well-crafted and unique fantasy world. — Andrew Gebhart Dan Ackerman/CNET We live in a golden age of video games, to be sure. New console hardware in the works, amazing advances in PC graphics hardware and esports are big business. But there’s a potentially more interesting gaming revolution going at the same time. Old-school tabletop board games have been gaining in momentum for the past couple of years, and are just this side of mainstream. They’re a natural match for PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch fans, as many take just enough of a cue from modern video games to feel familiar. Many include companion apps that run on phones, tablets or laptops, handling much of the stat-counting, card shuffling and other minutiae that can scare people off from tabletop gaming.The themes are, not surprisingly, often focused on dungeons dragons style fantasy, zombie attacks, sci-fi battles and Lovecraftian supernatural high jinks. The latest big-budget release is Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, which combines miniature figures, map tiles, and a highly polished tablet app. Here are some of my current favorites for best board games, any one of which can turn game night into an epic multi-hour adventure. Feel ambitious and want to make your own extra accessories, game pieces or card holders with a 3D printer? We’ve got that covered, too. Got your own suggestions? Let me know your picks for the best board games in the comments or on Twitter. Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Steamforged Games See at Amazon See at Amazon reading • Put down the gamepad, these are the best tabletop board games for video gamers Dan Ackerman Dan Ackerman/CNET As a long-time Resident Evil fan, I had to snatch this up immediately. Like many big box board games, it started as a Kickstarter project, but is now available from Amazon and other retailers. Unlike arcade-y zombie games like Zombicide, the vibe here is much closer to the survival horror feel of the Resident Evil video games. If you have a 3D printer, there are a ton of accessories you can download and print, like 3D walls, doors and typewriters, to replace the cardboard tokens that come with the game.  The best Star Wars game I’ve played in years isn’t a video game, it’s this challenging tabletop strategy game, where rebel heroes fight through various skirmishes with Imperial forces. There’s a fantastic companion app that not only teaches you how to play, it handles the storytelling and enemy placement, too. The miniatures are fantastic, and include a giant AT-ST, and sold-separately add-ons and expansions can add dozens of new figures. Fun fact — this is actually a remixed version of a game called Descent: Journeys in the Dark, so check that out if you want a game that plays like Imperial Assault, but with a D&D/Game of Thrones/fantasy theme.  Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 See at Amazon It’s time to get the fellowship back together. This is a great game for joining up with four other players (or just as a solo player) to go tromping across Middle-earth by moving cool-looking sculpted miniatures around map tiles. There’s a free, but mandatory, app available on iOS, Android and via Steam, which tells you how to lay out the map tiles and which monsters to fight, and provides for a certain amount of randomization. Built from the ground up as an app-based board game, it really makes getting set up and learning the ropes easy.  Mansions of Madness, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, $79 Dan Ackerman/CNET Fallout: The Board Game, $50 Star Wars: Imperial Assault, $79center_img Fantasy Flight Games See at Amazon Read: Fallout 76: The wasteland is more fun with friends Share your voice See at eBay Resident Evil 2, $75 Comments Deep Madness, $130 and up Arkham Horror: The Card Game, $31 You’ll have to hit eBay or a resale shop to find this giant game. So far it’s sold through two printings on Kickstarter, but there are no plans for a retail release. Trapped in an underwater research station, one to six players avoid flooded rooms and, you guessed it, Lovecraftian monsters. Derivative, but great atmosphere and art direction.  Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets See at Amazon There are a ton of different versions of this series of popular board games. Whether set in a prison, hospital or ruined city, they all have the same basic theme — an ever-growing bunch of zombies chase your crew around a map as you race for the exit. This version is the universal favorite, taking the action back to medieval times. There’s a handy iOS/Android app that can handle all the card-shuffling and inventory, leaving you free to focus on strategic thinking and filling the game board with plastic zombies. If you want more of a Walking Dead vibe, there are also several very good Zombicide games set in modern times, such as Prison Outbreak or Rue Morgue. There’s also a brand new iOS/Android standalone Zombicide game, which is great for subway rides where setting up a giant game board would be frowned upon.  Get those “gonna need a bigger boat” jokes out of your system now. This clever new two-part strategy game is asymmetrical, which means one player is the overpowered super-shark, and the other players are hapless humans, who need to combine their skills and resources with the goal to survive and win. The best feature is the game board, which flips from the the beaches of Amity Island in the first half, to Quint’s boat in the second half, which slowly gets eaten by the shark.  See at Amazon I’ve been playing an early version of this Universal-Monsters-inspired game, which hits stores at the beginning of August, and it’s a fun mix of nostalgia and modern game design, pitting players against all the classic Universal movie monsters of the 1940s and ’50s, from the Wolf Man to Dracula. Just don’t accidentally call Frankenstein’s Monster “Frankenstein,” or I’ll subtweet you.  Another giant-box-game. This is one of my favorites because it includes tons of floor tiles with which to create a haunted mansion, plus dozens of plastic miniatures for investigators and monsters. The vibe is definitely classic old-school Lovecraft, and this board game actually requires you to use its companion app, which creates the layout, spawns monsters and even adds sound effects.  See at Amazon Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Jaws, $29 See All See at Amazon Dan Ackerman/CNET A stripped-down version of the Lovecraftian game subgenre. This is strictly a card-based game, so no map tiles or plastic game pieces. Even so, it has amazing narrative storytelling and laying out location cards on the table to give each player a clear picture of what’s going on and where. If you like this, it’s a “living card game,” which means new packs of cards are released on a regular basis.  Dan Ackerman/CNET 6 Gaming Tablets Toys and Tabletop Games Tags Gloomhaven, $95last_img read more

FACT CHECK PM Modi beats Trump Xi Putin becomes worlds most powerful

first_imgIndian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.TwitterBeating Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Person 2019’ in the reader’s poll conducted by UK-based British Herald magazine.While PM Modi won with 30.9 percent votes, he was followed by Vladimir Putin (29.9 percent), Donald Trump (21.9 percent), and Xi Jinping with 18.1 percent votes.The website described him as a key figure in the Asian region who has played an active role in implementing his “act east policies”. It also complimented the global recognition PM Modi received regarding efforts towards climate change as it affects millions of rural Indians.Apart from welfare initiatives like Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna, Swatch Bharat (Clean India), his aggressive stances regarding national security as demonstrated during the Balakot airstrikes, were cited as elements that guaranteed him support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, criticism such as the high unemployment rate, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), high inflation rates as well as rates of fuel despite promises made in 2014 was also cited as ‘backlash’. Other major policies such as the demonetisation, revamping of goods and services tax (GST) were also stated as a major threat to the Indian economy.Despite the criticism, the website stated that it was because “the people of India have accepted his style of governance and politics” that the Modi achieved a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi on the British Herald magazine’s July 2019 cover.British Herald websiteNarendra Modi will be featured on the front cover page of the British Herald magazine which will be released on July 2019. The magazine had featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in its May-June issue and Russian President Vladimir Putin in its March-April issue.But what is the British Herald?A recent investigation by Alt News revealed that while its official wesite, www.britishherald.com mention ‘via Reuters’ under its logo banner, it is owned by an Indian, Ansif Ashraf.Although the company is registered in the UK, Alt News reported that Ashraf is an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owner of British Herald with 85 percent shares. Ansif Ashraf’s Wikipedia page describes him as an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owns British Herald.last_img read more

Tk 263m Magura projects riddled with corruption

first_img-Corruptions have been alleged in over 1,000 government projects worth Tk 263.5 million in Magura.Among the projects under Test Relief (TR), and Taka for Work (TW) for the rural infrastructure maintenance and renovation programme, over 100 projects do not even exist. Some 35 have been listed twice and hardly any work has been done on most of the others, according to a Prothom Alo investigation.The month-long investigation was conducted on some 35 development projects in the district.According to the Magura district relief and rehabilitation office, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief allocated Tk 263.5 million for 1,132 projects in the 2016-2017 fiscal. As per the rules, the projects were supposed to be completed by 30 June this year.Of the allocated funds, Tk 72 million was drawn for 969 projects under TR (special) and Tk 195 million for 163 projects under TW (special).Deputy commissioner Mohammad Atiqur Rahman told Prothom Alo they are looking into the allegations of irregularities in these projects.Visiting Project SitesSome 30 tonnes of rice were allocated for reconstructing a road in Bishnupur village. But, local union parishad (UP) member Zahidul Islam said, “As far I know, no work of road construction has been done here in past one to two years.”Tk 12,98,397 and 35 tonnes of rice were allocated for constructing a Thoipara road in Dhaneshwargati UP. District Awami League leader Sarwar Mallick and also resident of the UP said that there exists no road by this name in the area. The funds of the project might have been embezzled, he added.As many as 200 tonnes of rice were allocated for six projects of dredging canals and ponds in Sreepur upazila. But, no such work was done.Likewise, 120 tonnes of rice were allocated in three projects for dredging another canal in Shalikha’s Dhaneshwar UP. But, local Narayan Chandra Shikder said, “I cannot remember any canal dredging work here in five to seven years.”UP member Ashraful Islam and also president of the three projects said, “The canal was not dredged. Despite being the project head, I know nothing about the projects.”District relief and rehabilitation officer Mohammad Zakaria said, “The project implementation officials submit reports of completing the project by the month of June and draw money.”“The DC directed Upazila Nirbahi Officers last August to investigate irregularities on the projects and they found proof of irregularities,” he added.According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, the ministry allocated the funds following demand order (DO) of three members of parliament – Biren Sikder, ATM Abdul Wahab, and Kamrul Laila.MP ATM Abdul Wahab of Magura-1 constituency said, “I distributed the projects to local AL leaders. The UNOs and PIOs are supposed to take care of the projects whether they are done or not. If this does not happen, it’s their [UNOs and PIOs] responsibility.”MP Biren Sikder of Magura-2 constituency, also state minister for youth and sports said that he did not issue any DO under TR and TW projects.“I don’t even know there were these allocations,” he said.MP Kamrul Laila of reserved women seats in parliament said, “I had a meagre allocation. My DOs were for renovation of mosques and temples. I submitted the list of allocations to the DC.”The inquiry report submitted by the UNOs to the DC office states that most of the projects have been completed and a few are ongoing.The UNO of Mohammedpur told Prothom Alo, “My investigations reveal that there has been no work on any of the projects here and I submitted report to the deputy commissioner about this. The allocations for the projects will have to be returned. No money will be given to anyone if work isn’t done.”Sadar upazila UNO Ashafur Rahman said, “Most of the projects don’t even exist. And no work has been done on the projects that are in place. So the allocations haven’t been released.”Other UNOs came up with similar accounts of non-existent and non-implemented projects.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

IndiaMyanmar hold first ever joint military drill

first_imgIndia and Myanmar army hold first ever joint drill from Monday. Photo: Defence Ministry of IndiaThe first ever joint military drill of India and Myanmar started at the Joint Training Node in Umroi of Meghalaya on Monday.Fifteen officers from the Myanmar army and 16 from the Indian army are taking part in the five-day drill.India’s defence spokesperson lieutenant colonel Suneet Newton told newsmen that the aim of this joint exercise was to exchange expertise and tactics of the armed forces as well as strengthening the friendship between the two forces.Tactics and use of superior technology to fight militancy will be emphasised in the drill, which will help army officials of both the countries, the spokesperson claimed.The joint exercise has reportedly been organised to train the Myanmar army officials for participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations under the UN flag.Indian army organised the joint drill with its Myanmarese counterpart at a time when the latter drew huge global flak for persecuting country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.About 700,000 Rohingyas fled the persecution in the northern Rakhine state, which the United Nations calls a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, since 25 August this year and took refuge in Bangladesh.last_img read more

India rice exports seen surging as Bangladesh boosts buying

first_img“For key markets like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, India has freight advantage over Thailand. This will help even in 2018,” the Mumbai-based dealer said. riceIndia’s rice exports likely jumped 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as neighbouring Bangladesh ramped up purchases after flooding hit its crops, industry officials told Reuters.The boost in shipments from the world’s top exporter of the grain is set to extend into 2018 as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka continue to buy aggressively amid depleting inventories in No.2 exporter Thailand, the officials said.“Bangladesh was actively buying throughout 2017. It offset the impact of slightly weaker demand from African countries,” said M. Adishankar, executive director at Sri Lalitha, a leading rice exporter located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Bangladesh’s purchases likely lifted India’s non-basmati rice exports by 38 percent in 2017 to 8.4 million tonnes and total exports to 12.3 million tonnes, the officials and exporters said. That would surpass 2014’s record of 11.5 million tonnes.They based the 2017 export figures on their estimates for December shipments plus previously issued government data for January to November. Government numbers for December are expected to be released around the start of next month.India exports non-basmati rice mainly to African and Asian countries and premium basmati rice to the Middle East, the United States and Britain.Traditionally the world’s fourth-biggest rice producer, Bangladesh emerged as a major importer of the grain in 2017 after floods damaged crops and pushed domestic prices to record highs.Bangladesh sourced more than 80 percent of its 2017 imports of 2.4 million tonnes from India, said Badrul Hasan, head of Bangladesh’s state grains buyer.The South Asian nation’s overseas rice purchases are likely to remain robust until supply rises after its summer crop, also known as Boro, in May, Hasan said.Boro contributes more than half Bangladesh’s typical annual rice output of around 35 million tonnes.Last year Bangladesh reduced import taxes on rice to boost private buying. It also bought rice from India in state-to-state deals to quickly raise supplies and try to rein in prices.But rice prices stayed high in Bangladesh despite the largest imports in nearly two decades, which will encourage farmers to expand the amount of land used to cultivate the staple crop, Hasan said.NON-BASMATIIndia’s rice exports in 2018 depend largely on non-basmati shipments as basmati exports are likely to remain more-or-less steady at around 4 million tonnes, said Vijay Setia, president of the All India Rice Exporters’ Association.“Non-basmati exports depend on stock positions in importing countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka,” Setia said.African nations stepped up buying from Thailand last year, but that could ease in 2018 as state stockpiles are depleted in the Southeast Asian country, potentially boosting appetite for Indian supply, said a Mumbai-based dealer with a global trading firm.last_img read more

733 BNP activists killed 12m accused in 50000 cases

first_imgBNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Thursday demanded the government withdraw over 50,000 cases filed against its leaders and activists across the country to create a level-playing field before the 11th parliamentary elections.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the demand at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan headquarters.He said around 50,074 cases have been filed against 1,191,449 BNP activists since 22 January from 2007.He claimed some 3,947 BNP activists are currently behind bars.Besides, the BNP leader said, their 733 leaders and activists were killed across the country during the period.Fakhrul alleged that the government has intensified its efforts to arrest BNP men, implicate them in ‘false’ cases and kill them in crossfire in the New Year ahead of the next general election.He said at least 528 cases were filed against 24,707 BNP leaders and activists while 1519 were arrested alone in the last one month.Under the circumstances, the BNP leader said, it won’t be possible to create a level-playing field for the election.”Equal opportunity must be created for all to hold the polls. All the false cases filed against us must be withdrawn and the continued repressive acts like crossfire, killing, enforced disappearances and wholesale arrest will have to be stopped.”Fakhrul alleged that the government is trying to eliminate its opponents using the state machinery in a planned way to hang onto power.He called upon all to wake up for the ‘restoration’ of democracy and force the government to hold the next polls in a free, fair and credible manner under a neutral administration.The BNP leader alleged that the law enforcers are indulging in ‘arrest business’ by filing cases against unidentified people.last_img read more

Mass funeral held for Myanmar plane crash victims

first_imgHeartbroken relatives gathered Friday for the funeral rites of the first victims of a military plane crash off Myanmar’s southern coast, as search teams battled heavy rains and churning waves to find scores more people presumed lost at sea.Most of the 31 dead retrieved from the Andaman Sea so far have been women and children after a fraught search by navy ships, planes and helicopters hampered by sweeping rains.A total of 122 people were on board the Chinese-made Shaanxi Y8 military aircraft when it crashed on Wednesday during a routine flight from the southern city of Myeik to Myanmar’s commercial hub of Yangon.Hundreds gathered in a cemetery outside Dawei town on Friday afternoon to bid goodbye to loved ones whose bodies had been pulled from the water the previous day on San Hlan beach, a two hour drive away.Chanting from Buddhist monks filled a hall used for the ceremonies as 10 flimsy wooden coffins were laid out.One woman fainted and had to be carried out and many others broke down wailing as the service went on.Mourners then moved outside and watched as black smoke from the cremated coffins poured out of nearby towers, drifting across the sky.“My husband identified my nephew’s body. I’m so sorry,” said a tearful Khine Zar Win, who lost her youngest brother, his wife and two-year-old nephew in the plane crash.Another mourner, Aye Aye, said five members of her friend’s family were killed in the crash.“I couldn’t sleep when I heard about them,” she said. “We lived together like a family for 15 years in the military before my husband retired.”“I have no words,” added one woman, whose daughter and grandson were on the plane. “We are so sad.”More than half of the passengers on the aircraft were from military families, including 15 children, according to the army. The rest were soldiers and flight crew.The military said on Friday it had identified 16 of the dead so far.There has been no official explanation for the cause of the crash, one of several deadly incidents involving Myanmar military aircraft in recent years.Monsoon season brings heavy rains and strong winds every year, but there were no reports of major storms along the plane’s flight route when it went missing.Storms hamper search -Fishing boats helped navy vessels and military aircraft as they continued to hunt for the wreckage on Friday, despite tides reaching over 2.5 metres, the military said in a statement.But by the afternoon officials had not announced the retrieval of any more bodies.“We are having difficulty because of the strong winds and tide,” Major Aung Win, police chief of Launglon township, told AFP.The military said the aircraft was flying above 18,000 feet (5,486 metres) when it lost contact with air traffic control at 1:35 pm (07:05 GMT) on Wednesday.The military has described the captain as a “seasoned” pilot with more than 3,000 hours flying experience.Gerry Soejatman, an independent aviation expert based in Jakarta, said initial information indicated something went wrong “not long after or just before reaching cruising altitude”.Myanmar’s former junta bought several Y8s-four-engine turboprop jets used for medium range flights-during their 50 years of isolated rule, when they were squeezed by Western sanctions.The plane’s maker, China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation, has pledged to assist with investigations into the crash.Several pieces of debris that appeared to be from the wreckage, including tyres, life jackets and some luggage, have also been salvaged.last_img read more

Full text of HC verdict on Nganj 7murder likely Sunday

first_imgNarayanganj seven-murder fact file. Prothom AloThe full text of the High Court verdict in the sensational Narayanganj seven-murder cases is likely to be released on Sunday as the judges concerned signed the judgment copy on Thursday, reports UNB.Justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and justice Mustafa Zaman Islam signed the copy of the judgment upholding the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and three RAB officials, and commuting the penalty of 11 others to life in prison.On 22 August 2017, the High Court upheld the death sentence of 15 convicts, including Nur Hossain and 3 RAB officials, and commuted the penalty of 11 others to life term jail in two cases filed over the seven murders.The court also upheld various jail terms of nine others in the cases.Those awarded the death penalty were former Awami League leader Nur Hossain, commanding officer of RAB-11 in Narayanganj lieutenant colonel Tareque Sayeed Mohammad, then company commander of RAB-11 major Arif Hossain and lieutenant commander Masud Rana, habildars Enamul Haque, AB Md Arif Hossain, lance naik Hira Mia, Belal Hossain, soldiers Abu Tayeb Ali, Abdul Alim, Alamin, constable Md Shihab Uddin, SI Purnendu Bala, Mohiuddin Munshi and Tazul Islam.The lifers were soldiers Asaduzzaman Nur, Ali Mohammad, Mizanur Rahman Dipu, Raham Ali, Abul Basar, Mortuza Jaman Charchil, Selim, Sanaullah Sana, Sah Jahan, Jamal Sardar and Enamul Kabir.Also, lance naik Ruhul Amin, soldier Nuruzzaman, constable Babul Hasan, ASI Abul Kalam Azad, ASI Kamal Hossain, Moklesur Rahman, constable Habibur Rahamn were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each and ASI Bazlu Rahman and soldier Nasir Uddingot seven years each .A court of Narayanganj on 16 January 2017 sentenced 26 people, including three sacked Rab officials and ex-city councillor Nur Hossain, to death and nine others to different jail terms in the two cases filed over the murder incident.On 27 April 2014, Narayanganj panel mayor Nazrul Islam, his three associates and driver were abducted from Fatullah area of Narayanganj.At the same time, senior lawyer at the district judge court Chandan Kumar Sarkar and his driver were abducted on their way to the capital.Three days after their abduction, the bodies of six of them, including Nazrul and Chandan, were recovered from the Shitalakhya river.The following day, the body of Nazrul’s car driver Jahangir was recovered from the river.Later, Selina Islam Beauty, the widow of Nazrul Islam, filed a case against six people while lawyer Chandan Sarkar’s son-in-law filed the other case.last_img read more

Trump calls off G20 news conference

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump cancelled a press conference planned for Saturday at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of late president George HW Bush.”Out of respect for the Bush Family and former president George HW Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” Trump tweeted.Bush, the 41st president, died Friday at 94.last_img

New Police Chief Is Making Efficient Changes To HPD

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael HagertyHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has mentioned several times how under staffed the police department is.“We’ve grown in 20 years by 500,000 residents, yet we have 300 fewer officers. I don’t know the number,” Acevedo says.That is why they are taking steps to become more efficient.Acevedo announced they are putting a time limit on how long the disciplinary process can take, reviewing the paperwork process to ensure there is no duplications, and creating a 911 system that can tell an officer if a person has some sort of impairment like autism or dementia, so that the officer can handle the situation accordingly.  In order to do all these things efficiently, Acevedo says the department most rely on data. “We have to look at data we have to be data driven and intelligence led,” Acevedo says.He also mentioned focusing on non-fatal shootings.“When you discharge a firearm, we’re not going to wait until somebody dies,” Acevedo says. “We are going to respond with investigators, with detectives to start working those nonfatal shootings as if they were a homicide.”Acevedo is advocating that the city’s cap on how much they can collect from property taxes is lifted so that the department can purchase more resources and become better staffed. Sharelast_img read more

In Texas Falling Behind On Your Student Loan Payments Can Cost You

first_img Share By Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneRoderick Scott outside Forest Meadow Junior High in Dallas on March 12, 2018, where he is the AVID and college career instructor, campus parent engagement specialist and after hours site coordinator.When Roderick Scott Sr. submitted an application to renew his teacher’s license in the summer of 2015, he thought the matter was handled. He had no idea that, months later, a decades-old Texas law would nearly derail his career as a middle school teacher in north Dallas because he’d defaulted on his student loans.Over the course of three years, Scott said he swiftly lost a “dream job,” was evicted, had his bank account garnished and eventually filed for bankruptcy. He’s not the only one who’s suffered such dramatic repercussions. Texas is among several states that bars teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans.The ban was designed to push people to pay off their debt — or face the consequences. But even in Texas, a state that holds more than $70 billion of the country’s $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loans, critics call the practice counterproductive since it can impede people’s ability to work and make it even harder for them to pay back their debt.There is no comprehensive source of data on how frequently this happens in Texas. Records from multiple organizations and agencies suggest more than 4,215 people in the state – including security guards, cosmetologists and pharmacists – were at risk of losing their license because of student loan default in 2017.Since 2010, 530 nurses were unable to renew their licenses because they were in default on their student loans, according to information provided to The Texas Tribune through a public information request. And nearly 250 teachers, like Scott, had an application for a license renewal denied for this reason over the course of five years, data from the Texas Education Agency shows.For Scott, 43, the first sign of trouble came one day in the fall of 2015. The school’s head of human resources called Scott into an office and asked why he hadn’t renewed his teacher’s license – a certification most Texas educators must have. Scott said he was confused. He’d submitted an online application and paid the fee to renew his license weeks ago.It took one frantic phone call to discover there was a major problem. Scott’s renewal hadn’t been processed because he had fallen behind on his loan payments, and he quickly realized he was about to lose his best chance of getting back on track: his job as a teacher.   “You do understand that, basically, I have been fired because you won’t allow [the Texas Education Agency] to renew my certification,” he remembers telling his loan collector on the phone that day. Now, “you’re going to ‘fix things’ so that I can’t pay anything?”“I was like, ‘Oh my, you’re crazy,’” Scott said.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneRoderick Scott, in his Dallas classroom on March 12, 2018.A tool that “wouldn’t really address the problem”Texas is one of 19 states that will hold or revoke the work licenses of teachers and other professionals if the person is in default on their student loans, according to The New York Times.The practice in Texas dates back to 1989, when the Legislature passed a bill making loan default grounds for not renewing a license. At the time, Texas was experiencing historically high rates of student loan default, much of it coming from a burgeoning sector of lightly-regulated for-profit schools. Suspending professional licenses, state staff said then, could create “a powerful incentive for a person to stay current on his payments.”Already, lenders and loan guarantors had an array of financial hammers they could use to jolt borrowers into repayment. Tom Melecki, a long-time financial aid officer, said the rationale for the law might have been that it could be another “effective tool at kind of bludgeoning [borrowers] back into repayment.”Members of the state commission that helped pass the law are deceased, could not be reached or did not remember details about its passage. But a legislative liaison who met with government staff about the law said he recalls thinking that it “wouldn’t really address the problem” of defaults in the for-profit sector.“It may be helpful, but the defaults you see out there are largely among those who went to private trade schools and who probably didn’t get certified in what they went to school to be,” said George Torres, then the governmental relations director for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, a public nonprofit that’s since been privatized and renamed Trellis Company. Suspending licenses penalized a different group of students, he said – those who’d graduated, gotten a certification, and had a lower risk of not paying back their loans. Still, Torres said, it was a tool proposed by legislative staff — one that could be fine-tuned later, if needed.“The money is needed around the house”The threat of losing his license — and therefore his job — pushed Scott, the Dallas middle school teacher, to take drastic action.He immediately paid the loan collector — borrowing money to do so — and entered into a repayment plan that let him keep his license. But during the time it took him to sort out the paperwork, his students were moved to a different teacher and he lost a department-chair position that came with an added stipend – making it even harder to make the loan payments, he said. Scott then made a string of financial sacrifices to afford the more than $300-a-month payment his loan collector asked for. He put the loan payment before rent and other bills. He was evicted, stayed with his brother and considered setting up a GoFundMe page to help ends meet. He tried to hide the trouble from his students, and from his 11-year-old and 3-year-old kids.“I just did not have that discretionary amount available,” Scott said. “If I was single, it probably wouldn’t have mattered. But, you know, being married and having children, it’s a different story. The money is needed around the house.”Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneTeachers like Roderick Scott make up one of the largest groups of professionals in Texas at risk of losing their license because of student loan default, according to data maintained by Trellis.Scott’s loans were issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which a division in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office is responsible for collecting on. Trellis, the privatized descendant of the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, plays a similar role for a handful of federal loans.A spokesperson for Paxton’s office said they don’t draft policy and so couldn’t comment on how effective not renewing a license is at getting borrowers back on track with their loans. Trellis has never tried to check.But Jeff Webster, the director of research at Trellis, said the company only uses the license provision as a last resort. Trellis, which also provides financial and loan counseling, will first offer eligible borrowers options like a deferment or to switch to an income-driven plan — a repayment option for federal loans that lets a low-earning borrower make smaller payments over a longer period of time, Webster said.“By the time it comes to having people have their professional licenses renewed, there’s been a lot of interaction and conversation and attempts to talk with the borrower before you get to that point. And it really is kind of a last resort to try to engage the borrower to be able to — I know they’ve defaulted — but to get them into a repayment plan that can get their financial house in order,” Webster said. “One can do that with pretty reasonable and affordable payments, and sometimes that is really seen as a lifesaver for some of these borrowers.”Scott, whose loans are not with Trellis, says he wasn’t given this option.“It’s clear that anything that encumbers someone from getting a job is a lousy way to try and collect debt payments from them.”— Louis Malfaro, president of the Texas American Federation of TeachersEffective at getting a borrower’s attentionProfessional organizations contacted by the Tribune, including the Texas affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, said they hadn’t heard of this situation befalling their members and thought it did not happen frequently.This may be because the 1989 legislators’ hypothesis was correct: Holding a professional license hostage is an effective way of getting a borrower’s attention. Data from the Texas Education Agency suggests that, like Scott, many educators whose licenses are denied for student loan default make payments and are able to have their renewal processed soon after.Critics of the practice, however, say it can also tee up an entirely new set of financial challenges for the borrower.“When teachers and nurses in Texas receive letters saying they’ll lose their professional license unless they make a payment they can’t afford, too many of them wind up doing whatever it takes to stave off financial ruin,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “It doesn’t actually get the loans paid off any faster, it just drives them deeper in the hole.”Scott, for example, said he stopped paying rent in order to have his teacher’s license renewed — leading him to be evicted. In an email to his loan collector on August 30, 2016, Scott tried to explain that he’d again fallen behind on the payments after receiving notice from his landlord. “When we initially set up the payments,” Scott wrote, “you pointed out to me that you noticed I did not have enough funds to cover my living expenses and make such a payment. With current stress levels, I need time to gather myself and formulate some type of plan so that I can re-enter a payment plan.”Scott said his bank account was later garnished and he had to file for bankruptcy.It’s “obvious that the payment plans offered are sometimes unrealistic for someone to tackle on a teacher’s salary,” said Louis Malfaro, president of Texas AFT. It’s also counterproductive to deny a professional of the certification they need to work, he said.  “It’s clear that anything that encumbers someone from getting a job is a lousy way to try and collect debt payments from them.”Scott now teaches classes for AVID, a college readiness program, and helps with a career and college preparatory program at the middle school.“I’m enjoying what I’m doing now, but no, I never got my position” as a department-chair back, he said.last_img read more

Grand Opening of Word of Faith Church

first_imgWord of Faith will be celebrating their grand opening April 21-24. The church is located at the Atrium, 4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21218 in back of the Doubletree Hotel. Contact the church office at 410-662-5587 for more information.last_img

Bible Museum Admits Some of its Dead Sea Scrolls are Fake

first_imgBy ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — When Washington’s $500 million Museum of the Bible held its grand opening in November 2017, attended by Vice President Mike Pence, there were questions even then about the authenticity of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls.Now the museum has been forced to admit a painful truth: Technical analysis by a team of German scholars has revealed that at least five of the museum’s 16 scroll fragments are apparent forgeries.In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, security workers stand inside a large open stairwell area at the Museum of the Bible in Washington. Less than a year after it opened, Washington’s Museum of the Bible is admitting that at least part of its centerpiece collection of Dead Sea Scrolls are fakes. The embarrassing announcement on Oct. 22, 2018, is the culmination of a technical analysis by a team of German scholars. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)The announcement has serious implications not only for the Bible Museum but for other evangelical Christian individuals and institutions who paid top dollar for what now seems to be a massive case of archaeological fraud.Jeffrey Kloha, chief curator for the Museum of the Bible, said in a statement that the revelation is “an opportunity to educate the public on the importance of verifying the authenticity of rare biblical artifacts, the elaborate testing process undertaken and our commitment to transparency.”The scrolls are a collection of ancient Jewish religious texts first discovered in the mid-1940s in caves on the western shore of the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. The massive cache of Hebrew documents is believed to date back to the days of Jesus. With more than 9,000 documents and 50,000 fragments, the entire collection took decades to fully excavate.Most of the scrolls and fragments are tightly controlled by the Israeli Antiquities Authority. But around 2002, a wave of new fragments began mysteriously appearing on the market, despite skepticism from Biblical scholars.These fragments, they warned, were specifically designed to target American evangelical Christians, who prize the scrolls. That appears to be exactly what happened; a Baptist seminary in Texas and an evangelical college in California reportedly paid millions to purchase alleged pieces of the scrolls.Also eagerly buying up fragments was the Green family — evangelical Oklahoma billionaires who run the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores and who famously sued the Obama administration on religious grounds, saying they didn’t want to pay to provide their employees access to the morning-after pill or intrauterine devices.The Greens are the primary backers of the Museum of the Bible and went on an archaeological acquisition spree in the years leading up to the museum’s opening. In addition to the alleged Dead Sea Scrolls fragments, the Greens ran afoul of the Justice Department, which said they had acquired thousands of smuggled artifacts looted from Iraq and elsewhere. The family agreed last year to return those artifacts and pay a $3 million fine.last_img read more

From Bhikkhu Matre to Biranchi Das

first_imgRejected three times by the National School of Drama, Bajpayee is now one of the most poignant actors in Bollywood. Known for his drastically antithetical roles, he is all set to take over the cinema halls this Friday with his upcoming fling Budhia: Born to Run.Based on the real-life incident, Budhia: Born to Run is the story of a boy called Budhia Singh from Odisha.  Budhia ran from Bhubaneswar to Puri at the age of four covering 65 kilometres in seven hours and two minutes thus listing himself as the world’s youngest marathon runner in the Limca book of records in the year 2006.  Also Read – American Crime Story 3 to chronicle Clinton’s impeachmentIn a recent press conference held in the national Capital, Bajpayee talked about the various aspects that surrounded the film. On being asked what inspired him to do this film, the actor replied, “I have been following this case ever since it came into the limelight. There was something very intriguing about this story that forced me to take up this film.”Bajpayee who will be essaying the role of Budhia’s coach, Biranchi Das, also talked about the challenges that he faced in essaying the role of the slain coach, whose murder is still a mystery.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe actor  took help from footage recorded when Budhia became famous to get into the skin of Biranchi’s character. Based on his understanding of Biranchi’s character, he was of the view that Biranchi was a very brash and headstrong person who wanted to make Budhia achieve the target he had set for him. His character deeply fascinated Bajpayee. “An actor has to be extremely brave and should possess a lot of courage in order to find all the characters within himself, it is quite a horrendous task to delve into a character”, said the Aligarh actor. He also talked about the most appealing aspect of the movie that is the relationship of the boy and the coach.” It is new and something very different from what you have seen before” said Bajpayee.The 47-year-old actor also expressed his concern over the deplorable situation of Budhia who lives in a sports hostel and barely manages to run for 10 or 15 kms because of the lack of mentorship. Biranchi’s sudden death brought a halt to Budhia’s athletic career.A doting father to a five-year old, Bajpayee firmly believes that everyone should live their dreams. He talked about the immense amount of talent in different parts of India that remains unnurtured. He urged the people and the government to form an association to train and mentor those children who have talent but due to the lack of resources they are miles away from fulfilling their dreams.Budhia: Born to Run will hit the screens on August 5. The movie aims to send out a message that no talent should go unnoticed.last_img read more

Struggling Sony Reveals Its Answer to Google Glass

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read September 24, 2014 Last week, Sony released a software development kit for its smartglass – called SmartEyeGlass – and announced that a developer’s version of the wearable will be available in March 2015.In a blog post, Sony hinted at ways its smartglasses could be used, including a cooking app that displays recipe directions directly on the lenses, a pedestrian navigation app that directs users to nearby locations and a facial recognition app.While Sony claims its smartglass features a “slim light wear design,” the prototype — which includes a CMOS image sensor, accelerometer, Gyroscope, electronic compass, brightness sensor, and microphone — is bulky. So bulky, in fact, that it makes the awkward-looking Google Glass appear sleek in comparison. As Michael Andronico  wrote for Tom’s Guide, after trying on the device, “it seems a few iterations away from something you’d want to wear on the street.”Related: Will Sony Get Its Groove Back?As Sony’s smartphone business continues to falter – last week the Japanese electronics giant announced it is expecting an annual net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.15 billion), nearly five times its forecast in July of 50 billion yen, due to losses from its embattled smartphone division – the company has invested in wearables, including a smartwatch and an activity wristband.”Sometime there will be a post-smartphone business, a new area of mobile communication business, and if that day comes we have to utilize our assets…we have to create the foundations of the smart business and evolution of that going forward,” Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said.The slated launch for a Sony smartglass appears to be part of this strategy. No word on pricing yet. Currently, Google Glass retails for $1,500.Related: Would You Spend $1,500 on Google Glass? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

PyPy 70 released for Python 27 35 and 36 alpha

first_imgYesterday, PyPy 7.0 was announced in a blog post. It is a triple release for different Python versions. PyPy is a compliant Python interpreter which can be considered a replacement for CPython 2.7, 3.5, and 3.6. It’s faster due to the integrated tracing JIT compiler. The release supports x86 machines with common OSes, PPC64, and s390x running Linux. Since the ARM buildbots are out of service currently, binaries for ARM architecture will not be released. PyPy 7.0 includes the following interpreters. PyPy2.7 is an interpreter with support for syntax and features of Python 2.7 which will lose official support next year. PyPy3.5, supports the stable Python 3.5 PyPy3.6-alpha which is the first official PyPy release supporting 3.6 features. All of the three interpreters share a similar codebase allowing this triple release. Until packages can be distributed downstream, wheel (whl) packages are available for some common packages. GC hooks has been improved. It’s now possible to manage the GC by using a combination of gc.disable and gc.collect_step manually. The cffi module included in PyPy has been updated to version 1.12. The cppyy backend is also updated to version 1.4. For a JIT friendly experience, use the new versions to wrap your C and C++ code. PyPy 7.0 is fully compatible with the previous version. Several issues and bugs raised by the PyPy community have been addressed. PyPy3 and Windows PyPy3.5 releases are not yet up to quality to be used in production. There are open issues and the compatibility is not complete. The utf8 branch to change the internal representation of unicode to utf8 will be added in one of the future releases. Read next Python Software foundation and JetBrains’ Python Developers Survey 2018 Python steering council election results are out for January 2019 Introducing RustPython, a Python 3 interpreter written in Rustlast_img read more

Mediasets controlling shareholder Fininvest has s

first_imgMediaset’s controlling shareholder Fininvest has said it has not received any fresh proposal from Vivendi to break the deadlock between the pair in their long-running dispute over the future of Mediaset’s loss-making pay TV arm, according to multiple reports.Fininvest’s denial followed a spike in Mediaset’s share price on a report by Bloomberg, which said that Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré could offer Fininvest shares in the French group to pave the way for a wider deal and ratchet down tension between the pair.Mediaset and Fininvest have responded strongly to Vivendi’s moves before Christmas to acquire a significant stake – 28.8% – in the Italian media group, with Fininvest seeking to shore up its position in order to retain control.The latest twist in the long-running war of words between the pair, which erupted after Vivendi reneged on a deal that would have seen it take 100% control of Mediaset Premium, follows earlier Italian press speculation about the basis for a possible rapprochement.This had been based on an idea floated by analysts at investment bank Natixis, which works closely with Vivendi. The analysts had hypothesised that Vivendi could take full control of Mediaset Premium and Mediaset’s production activities, along with a 49% stake in Mediaset proper, while Fininvest would become the second largest shareholder in Vivendi.Under this scheme, Fininvest would retain majority control of Mediaset’s free TV activities in Italy and Spain, with Vivendi having the option to take majority control in three to five years’ time, possibly in exchange for shares.last_img read more

Vote counting starts for Local Council Elections

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb From 2PM, the process of sorting and counting the votes in the Local Council elections, will take place.Counting will split the 23 localities across Malta and Gozo, into three groups of localities; the first taking place today with the second and third set for Thursday and Friday.Today, the votes will be counted in the following localities; Birżebbuġa, Ghajnsielem, Dingli, Balzan, Tarxien, Zebbug, Valletta, Fontana, Marsa, Mellieha, Qrendi , Nadur, Xewkija, Zejtun, Zurrieq, Ghasri, Iklin, Mqabba, Pembroke, St Julian’s, St Paul’s Bay, Santa Venera, and Ta ‘Xbiex.From 5 pm the counting process is expected to begin.So who led the local councils in the previous legislature?Birżebbuġa PLGhajnsielem PNDingli PLBalzan PNTarxien PLZebbug PLValletta PNFontanaPNMarsa PLMellieha PLQrendi PLNadur PNXewkija PLZejtun PLZurrieq PLGhasri PNIklin PNMqabba PLPembroke PLSt. Julian PNSt. Paul’s Bay PLVenera PLTa ‘Xbiex PLVoters in the local council elections were also selecting their European Parliamentary representatives last week.  The Labour Party managed to elect 4 candidates to the European Parliament, the returning Miriam Dalli and Alfred Sant of the previous legislature and two new candidates, Josianne Cutajar and Alex Agius Saliba.The Nationalist Party managed to return Roberta Metsola and David Casa.  In terms of vote share, the PL managed to achieve 54.29% of the votes while the PN scored 37.90%.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more