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Underfunding bad repairs cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down
OTTAWA — A soon-to-be completed study of pothole repairs in Canada concludes municipal and provincial governments aren’t tracking whether their repairs are working over the long term.And while they know why their roads are breaking down, most of the government agencies surveyed haven’t been spending the money needed to properly build and maintain them, says the study author.The report, being prepared for the Transportation Association of Canada, also finds some cities are doing a better job than others in dealing with the potholes that are the result of the freeze-thaw effects of winter weather combined with inadequate road construction.Engineer David Hein, who is compiling the report, says there is no magic solution to potholes, despite the claims of some repair companies that their patch products are better than others.But he says municipal and provincial governments can do a better job filling potholes by properly training their employees — and giving them a little extra time to do the work.A final report is expected to be completed by spring. The Canadian Press
Ottawa had fix for floodravaged Manitoba community but did nothing documents
APTN National NewsWhile a Manitoba First Nation continues to battle flood waters, they’re also fighting with the federal and provincial governments.The Peguis First Nation has been waiting for a permanent flood protection plan.Now a document obtained by APTN National News says the federal government had a feasible solution to fix the problem years ago.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
UN Rwanda tribunal hears closing arguments in case of alleged angel of
In arguing its position, the prosecution said Mr. Semanza – a former Bourgmestre of Bicumbi commune – sponsored and orchestrated the killing and maiming of civilians at numerous sites, including two churches and a mosque.The defence countered that the defendant should be acquitted. “It was impossible for him to be physically present at the various sites of the offences described in the indictment,” argued Counsel Charles Taku.A total of 53 witnesses have been called to the stand since the case against Mr. Semanza began in October 2000. The accused, who was transferred to the court in 1997, faces 14 counts of genocide, direct and public incitement to commit genocide, crimes against humanity – murder, extermination, rape, persecution and torture – and violations of the Geneva Conventions.
Demand for March 14plate registers further commercial vehicle growth
Click through to download the full March 2014 commercial vehicle news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total commercial vehicle registrations grew 11.4% in March to 54,232; rolling year up 15.6% to 335,840.The combined March and September plate-changes typically account for around a third of the annual van market. Strong 14.6% rise to 50,064 van registrations is in line with expectations.Truck registrations continued the Euro-6 lag, but the monthly shortfall fell to -16.5% from -27% in February and -37% in January. The 12 months to March remained up 23%.UK van and truck registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013“The new 14-plate drove van numbers up, pushing the overall commercial vehicle market 11.4% ahead of 2013 to more than 54,000 units,” said Mike Hawes SMMT Chief Executive. “Registration plate changes always prove popular with van buyers, so March and September numbers are typically more than double the average month, a trend continued this March as volumes rose 14.6% to above 50,000 units. Truck demand remained subdued as the influence of Euro-6 legislation continues to be felt across the sector, but the level of impact has lessened steadily since January and should be minimal by mid-year.”
New Director of Research Services to start on July 6
Brock University’s new Director of Research Services is a seasoned research administrator who has led progressive managerial initiatives in both the university and health research sectors across Canada.Ryan McCarthy will join the University on July 6, commencing a role that is pivotal to helping the Brock research community strengthen its business processes, funding procurement and entrepreneurial partnership potential.The announcement was made today by Gary Libben, Brock’s Vice-President, Research.McCarthy is currently at York University, where he has served since 2012 as Director of Strategic and Institutional Research Initiatives. Prior to York, his experiences include Director of Knowledge Translation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Manager of Knowledge Programs at the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, Project Coordinator at the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Assn., and Senior Projects Officer at the Canadian Public Health Assn.Libben said McCarthy arrives at a critical juncture for Brock, as the University continues to advance as a leading research institution, to grow its research funding levels, and attract more researchers from across the country as well as internationally.
Why Bulls Wont Play Carmelo Anthony After Trade from
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is going to Chicago, albeit only on paper.Where he’s going next remains unclear.A person with direct knowledge of the matter said the Houston Rockets are trading Anthony and an undisclosed amount of cash to the Bulls in a deal that is expected to be completed Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade still needs league approval.File- This Nov. 2, 2018, file photo shows Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony reacting during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)When that comes — the only reason why it didn’t happen Monday is because the NBA office was closed to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday — Anthony will have a new team, though still won’t be back on the floor. The Bulls have no plans to play Anthony and will look to either trade him before the Feb. 7 deadline or ultimately waive him and make him a free agent.The trade ends a short-lived saga in Houston for Anthony, who averaged 13.4 points in 10 games with the Rockets. He has not played since Nov. 8.Anthony was traded by Oklahoma City to Atlanta in July, a move that preceded the Hawks releasing him to sign with the Rockets. The Bulls, technically, will be Anthony’s fourth franchise in seven months, with likely one more to come before long.“We just had to see how things worked out,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said in November when the team said it was parting ways with Anthony. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game, and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has averaged 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in his career. He was the No. 3 pick in the star-studded 2003 draft class that also included No. 1 LeBron James, No. 4 Chris Bosh and No. 5 Dwyane Wade.
Sweet Barca revenge thanks to Perez de Vargas
FC Barcelona made revenge to THW Kiel for the last season defeat at VELUX EHF Champions League quarter final. After 27:25 last week, Spanish champions thanks to outstanding performance of Perez de Vargas made coe-back – 23:18, enough to reach Final4 in Coogne.23 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (4), Rivera (7, 3p), Mem (1), Morros, Jicha, Sorhaindo (1); Jallouz, R. Entrerríos (1), Ariño (1), N’Guessan (1), Syprzak (2), Lazarov (3), Noddesbo (2).18 – THW Kiel: Landin (Wolf); Weinhold (1), Wiencek (1), Ekberg (4, 1p), Dahmke, Bilyk (2), Vujin (4, 2p); Toft Hansen, Sprenger, Brozovic (2), Dissinger, Lackovic (1), Nilsson (2), Santos (1). ← Previous Story MH World Cup 2017 – 9 of 12 semi-finalists confirmed Next Story → PSG Handball in Cologne second year in a row
Swedish girls are ready for Womens World Championship 2017
← Previous Story “GOLDEN YEARS” ARE HISTORY? Only Danijel Saric to fight for Qatar Next Story → Arpad Sterbik next two years in Veszprem! Swedish handballSwedish handball girls Swedish women’s national tam coach Henrik Signell announced squad for the upcoming Women’s World Championship 2017 in Germany. Sweden suffered dissapointment at the beginning of Olympic cycle by missing to qualify for the EHF EURO 2016 medal battles on home soil, but Scandinavian girls are still strong enough to attack the last phase of every big competition.Here is the Swedish squad:Goalkeeper: Filippa Idehn (Brest Bretagne/FRA), Johanna Bundsen (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN)Left wings: Louise Sand (Brest Bretagne/FRA), Olivia Mellegård (IK Sävehof/SWE)Left back: Jamina Roberts (Erdi VSE/HUN), Jenny Alm (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN), Johanna Westberg (NFH Nykøbing/DEN)Right back: Isabella Gullden (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Carin Strömberg (Randers HK/DEN)Left wings: Sabina Jacobsen (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Nathalie Hagman (CSM Bukarest/ROU), Hanna Blomstrand (Kopenhagen Haandbold/DEN)Right wings: Emma Fernis (IK Sävehof), Daniela Gustin (Randers HK/DEN)Line-players: Ulrika Toft Hansen (Team Esbjerg/DEN), Anna Lagerquist (NFH Nykøbing/DEN) Reserves: Angelica Wallen (RR, NFH Nykøbing/DEN), Ida Oden (RR, IK Sävehof), Marie Wall (LA, H65 Höör), Martina Thörn (TW, Randers HK/DEN), Clara Monti Danielsson (RM, Randers HK/DEN), Elin Linden (RA, Västerås Irsta HF), Maja Eriksson (RL, TTH Holstebro/DEN), Melissa Petren (RL, Lugi Lund), Ebba Engdahl (RM, Lugi Lund), Cassandra Tollbring (RM, Larvik HK/NOR), Sofia Hvenfelt (KM, H65 Höör), Hanna Daglund (TW, Viborg HK/DEN)Sweden will play at the Group in Bietigheim alongside Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Argentina and reigning champions – Norway. Championship starts on December 1.
Georgie Thompson talks A League of Their Own BOD and returning to
FORMER SKY SPORTS News presenter and A League Of The Own regular Georgie Thompson was in Dublin along with the Lotus team F1 car as the face of Suremen’s Formula Win campaign this week. When we were invited to a one-to-one chat with the pocket-sized TV star, Ben Blake jumped at the chance to fulfill a boyhood dream of his… naturally. BB: Hi Georgie. It’s great to meet you. As we’re sitting in front of an F1 car, why don’t you start off by explaining to me how you became a self-confessed fan of motorsport.GT: When I was growing up, Formula One was always on the TV. I grew up with a background noise of cars racing around circuits because my dad was a bit of a F1 fanatic. It was part of the Sunday afternoon ritual in my life and when that’s the case, there’s a familiarity and a nostalgia attached to that.When the opportunity arrived to join Sky’s F1 channel, there was no alternative but for me to be involved because I really love the sport. I also love what I do as a job and the idea of combining the two was fantastic.BB: I see. Have you had the chance to drive many fast cars given the line of work you’re in?GT: About four years ago, I had the most extraordinary opportunity. Nigel Mansell was driving a load of journalists around Silverstone and he allowed me in the back seat of this F1 car. They had elevated the position of the passenger seat just behind the driver so even me (she’s only 5ft tall) could see over his head.BB: Brilliant. Did they do that especially for you?GT: (Laughs) I do wonder. It did cross my mind at the time! I had a button which I could press should I feel like I was about to pass out or if I was sick and he would be made aware of it and stop immediately.While other people were violently ill and passing out left, right, and centre, I managed to make it to end. It wasn’t without some level of discomfort as it was quite a fast ride.BB: You were big into tennis as a child. Am I right in saying you competed as a junior international?GT: (Bursts out laughing) If I say it isn’t true, it will ruin a decade of brilliant myth and rumour. It’s not the case but has been reported for years. My brother-in-law always says: “GT, they’ve still got on your Wikipedia that you were a junior international at tennis” but I told him to just let it go. Don’t you dare go back and edit it now!BB: Really? Who would make something like that up? You did play though, right?GT: Oh yeah, I absolutely loved my tennis at school. I was at an all-girls boarding school so sport was everything. I immersed myself in tennis and hockey but then you grow up and go to university and you stop.This is something I have been speaking to the Women’s Sports Foundation about because when a girl grows up there are limited opportunities to play team sports which aren’t really competitive. Sometimes you want to have a knockabout but there’s isn’t that sort of relaxed atmosphere.Guys can join a rugby team or a football team but most girls just end up going to the gym. It would be nice to see that change.BB: That’s a good point. What do you to keep active these days?GT: I’ve just discovered power yoga, which means you break a sweat while you’re doing yoga. For me, that’s the perfect compromise.BB: Those who don’t sit in front of Sky Sports News for hours on end would probably know you best for your time on A League Of Their Own with James Corden. You always seem to be having such a laugh on the programme.Are there any particular moments which stand out for you?GT: It’s funny, I get asked about A League Of Their Own more than anything else. One rather embarrassing moment was when I had to stop Peter Crouch from shooting into a basketball net by trampolining up and down in front of him.A high point would be taking on the Olympic downhill skeleton in Innsbruck, which I did with John Bishop and James. That was amazing but extremely scary. At one point, James wobbled his head and nearly ended up crashing!That Peter Crouch incident (5:58 in): BB: You got your big break on Sky Sports News and we were all gutted to see you leave in December 2011. Right now, Jim White is standing outside Old Trafford covering Alex Ferguson’s departure and the arrival of David Moyes to Manchester United. Do you miss be involved in it all?GT: It’s stories like this one with Sir Alex Ferguson that, as a sports journalist, you live for. That’s the sort of thing you want to break, you want to report on, you want to follow up on. It’s what drives us.Of course I miss it. I miss all my pals as well. We had a great team and it’s a brilliant concept. The format works really well and it’s forever growing.Life’s about challenges though and sometimes you’ve got to take the odd risk here and there. Looking back, I’m proud it happened and that I bowed out loving it on a high.Georgie and Jim. Credit: YouTube screengrabBB: Having left the F1 channel in February, you’re not on our screens at the moment.GT: I’ve not been on for awhile now, have I. Don’t worry though, I am on Ireland AM in the morning!BB: I don’t get up early enough to watch that, sorry. There have been rumours about a move to BT. Can we expect a return in the near future?GT: There are lots of rumours, none of which are to be substantiated. It’s just what you call “speculation” in this wonderful world of sports journalism.I think I’ll be back very soon though. The whole point of me leaving was to pursue a new challenge. Why would I walk away from that unless I felt the need for something else to drive me forward.I’m looking forward to the future with a degree of optimism and excitement.BB: Interesting. So you’re over in Ireland for a couple of days. Have you been here many times in the past?GT: I’ve been to Dublin to judge Ireland’s Most Eligible Bachelor and also to present the World Fireman Awards. I’m only here until tomorrow so I’m trying to find something to do in between my working.BB: Handy work if you can get it! Well if you’ve got time to spare you’re welcome to come for a spin at Mondello Park?GT: Yeah, absolutely. I’d love to do that.BB: Alternatively, my local team is Shamrock Rovers. How about a trip to Tallaght Stadium next time you’re over?GT: Definitely, that would be a great laugh!BB: You must have met your fair share of Irish athletes over the years. Have any stood out?GT: I’ve got a lot of time for Brian O’Driscoll. He’s an exceptional talent but also a great leader of men. People respect him and listen to him. He’s not afraid to voice his opinions and is a really decent guy as well.Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesBB: The man is a legend. Will you be watching the Lions Tour?GT: Of course I will. I watch too much sport on telly. I’m basically the ideal date because I’ll just sit there going: “Yeah, chuck the golf on. Or the tennis or the football or whatever.”BB: Finally, I know you shouldn’t believe everything you read but is it true you once climbed out of a toilet window to escape a really terrible date?GT: Ha, you need to stop with the Google searches. That was an awful date I went on years ago.BB: I’m delighted this hasn’t gone quite as badly as that…GT: Well, you say that but it’s only because there are no windows in this room (laughs). BB: Oh. On that note, I’ll finish up. It’s been a pleasure talking to you, Georgie.For more information on the Suremen Formula WIN competition, click here. 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Saturne connectée électriquement à sa lune Encelade
Saturne, connectée électriquement à sa lune EnceladeSaturne et l’un de ses satellites naturels, Encelade, sont reliés l’un à l’autre par un flux d’électrons. Pourtant, les deux corps se trouvent à 240.000 kilomètres de distance. Un flux continu d’électrons voyage à travers l’espace entre Saturne et Encelade. En arrivant sur Saturne, ces particules créent une aurore boréale continue, aussi vaste que l’Etat américain de Californie. À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceSciences et Avenir explique que les aurores boréales sont produites par des particules chargées qui, lorsqu’elles percutent la haute atmosphère (la ionosphère) au niveau des pôles, émettent une lumière. La lumière ainsi produite est appelée aurore boréale ou aurore polaire. Sur Saturne, le flot d’électrons d’Encelade suit le champ magnétique de la planète jusqu’au pôle nord et y crée une aurore boréale ultraviolette permanente. Large de près de 1.200 kilomètres et haute de 400, elle possède également la particularité de tourner autour de Saturne en même temps que le satellite.Le 26 avril 2011 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Gambian legendary Musician Musa Afia Ngum
TRIBUTE By Mamour Mbenga Gambian legendary Musician Musa Afia Ngum finally laid to rest Musa afia Ngum, alias Akasa, the legendary Gambian musician has passed away and is laid to rest in the Mouride religious city of Touba in the neighbouring republic of Senegal. The son of Pa Antouman Ngum and Ya Ramou Nyang of Banjul, was born in 1953 in Fatoto, Kantora District, Upper River Region in The Gambia. It is said that Musa Afia Ngum became interested in music at a very young age. Musa Ngum fell sick a couple of hours after the show that was organized to celebrate his 40 years anniversary in the entertainment arena. Musa was reported dead early morning on Sunday 11 October 2015 in Hopital Le Dantec l in Dakar Plateau section of the Senegalese capital. He was finally laid to rest on Monday 12 October in the presence of thousands of mourners from both The Gambia and Senegal including his family, friends, fans, musicians and religious personalities and government officials. Musa Ngum was reported dead about 2 months ago when he was gearing up to travel to London back in August. Foroyaa visited Musa ngum’s residence in kololi the day of the funeral, to conduct an interview with the family. Musa’s wife by the name Sohna Jobe spoke with Foroyaa on issues relating to Musa Ngum’s music career and his untimely dead. ‘’My name is Sohna Jobe, am the wife of Musa Afia Ngum. My husband left the Gambia on Friday 10 October 2015 to host a concert in Dakar accompanied by his son Yusupha Ngum and other Gambian musicians. The news of his dead came on Sunday in the morning at 7am, when I received a telephone call from Fallou Ngum who told me that Musa was sick and they took him to Dantec hospital in Dakar Plateau, and after a couple of hours he (Fallou) called back around 9am to tell me “Mama, your husband, your friend has just rest in peace (died).” “Musa was not in a state of good health ever since as he was all the time suffering from leg pain, he was a good friend to the family and very supportive indeed, we really lost a great husband, father to my children. We got married 40 years ago and are blessed with 9 children, two girls and 7 boys. Musa afia Ngum visited Senegal in 1981 after the Kukoi Samba Sanyang coup. That time music in the Gambia was not in good shape as Musa visited Senegal to continue his career and later after two months in December 1981, I joined him in Senegal to give him support in his music work. My good husband has gone forever but will never be forgotten. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace and be welcomed in jannat, ameen. My husband was the bread winner of the family,’ said the widow, who was uncontrollably sobbing. Mam Cheikh Ngum, the daughter of Musa Ngum, also spoke with Foroyaa about his dad. ‘’My father told me on Friday to pack only two shirts and two trousers for him, as he was leaving on the day to Senegal and he also gave me D200 for me to share with my younger sister, Afia, in order to take care of our needs during the weekend. He also gave me his bottle of water and asked me to be using it. My dad really loves us. He always makes us happy together by trying to satisfy our needs and demands. May his soul rest in perfect peace.” Below is a Biography of Musa Ngum Bala Jigii Musa was Born in 1953 in Fatoto,Kantora District in The Gambia Upper River Region and history has it that he usually refused to go to bed unless his caretaker plays a particular musical instrument for him as a means of putting him to sleep. Growing up Musa was a well-known “Kasak” singer who was sought after by families when they circumcised their children and in ceremonies to honor their reunion. In his youth, he became interested in “Kassak”, songs which are sung during circumcision ceremonies and periods. He became well known in “Kassak” circles because of his mastery of the songs and his melodious voice and in the event built quite a name for him whilst developing his vocal abilities. Ambitiously pursuing his music career, Musa joined a group called Sangamarr Band in the late 1960s. He became the group’s lead singer and played together at Sangamarr with the likes of Sam Jarju, Cheks Sosseh, Pa Alieu Njie, Mbye Jasseh, Pa Ngum and Manka Susso, who was the group’s guitarist. The group specialised in playing famous traditional songs with western instruments. After a while with Sangamarr, Musa was asked by his bigger brother, Lie Ngum, who was then a member of a group called Gelewarr to be their lead singer.Musa played together in the Gelewarr Band with the late Oussou Lion Njie, the late Njok Malick Njie, the late Adama Sallah, the late Lie Sallah, the late Cock Jallow, the late Badou Ngum, the late Badou Sallah, Lie Ngum (Abdel Kabir), Musa Njie and Koto Ngum. During his Gelewarr days, Musa Ngum recorded songs such as “Tesito”, “Bala Jigi Musa”, “Xaleli Ndakaru” and many more which gained cult status and made him a legend in the Senegambia region. Gelewarr toured The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania and other West African countries.Musa’s songs are mostly about the ancient Kingdoms of the Senegambia region in both landscape and cultural unity. He is indeed a musical hero. Musa left The Gambia in 1981 and moved to Senegal. He was assiduously courted by Super Diamono, one of the then premier Senegalese bands and he finally joined the group in 1985. He teamed up with Omar Pene, Maiga, Lamin Faye (Lemso) – the legendary Senegalese guitarist and they released “Borom Daaru” and “Partef” which became Senegambian classics. One of the biggest hits during Musa Ngum’s stint with Super Diamono is the combination song he did with Omar Pene which is popularly known as “Omaro, Bamba sa mam la”.When Super Diamono disbanded three years later, Musa joined the short-lived group Ndaply and then went solo with his “Banjul Banjul” release and has since released a total of six cassette decks (Cds). He used only traditional Senegambian instruments. He was awarded one of the highest honours in Senegal, Chevalier of the National Order of The Lion, by the then Senegalese President Abdou Diouf. In a nutshell, Musa Ngum is a superstar, songwriter and producer who, to a large extent, ushered in the era of artist controlled close harmony in popular music.Musa is very devoted and passionate about his singing. He was the hero of Super Diamano Band of Senegal. He was one of the main attraction and the crowd puller for the band.Musa is not a materialist and does not have a mansion or a fancy car to prove his point but he has soul and he is modest. The sick concept of possession does not bother him or attract his attention, it has no place in his spiritual world.Blessed with an exceptionally wide range that encompassed three distinct vocal styles, a piercing falsetto, a smooth mid-range tenor, and a deep growl, Musa combined great technical prowess with rare musical individuality.
IAF jawan shoots himself dead at Kasauli Air Force Station
SHIMLA: A 24-year-old Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district, the police said on Wednesday. Leading Air Craftsman (LAC) Krishnendu Chowdhary shot himself with his service rifle when he was on sentry duty at Kasauli Air Force Station on Tuesday evening, Solan Additional superintendent of police Shiv Kumar said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us No suicide note was recovered from the spot and the police were trying to ascertain the reason that forced Chowdhary, a resident of Tripura’s Gomti district, to take the extreme step, they said. The body has been sent to the government hospital for postmortem, Kumar said, adding that a first information report (FIR) has been filed.
Is World Tour Next For Social Media Luminary ANUNAY SOOD
He has conquered great heights of the social media ladder through his travel stories and photography, but what can we expect next from this very popular social media blogger?Anunay says his next goal is to go on a World Tour in 2020. When asked the story behind it, he says, “I’ve always traveled to and explored places close-by to where I live, due to both time and financial restrictions. Even though I love taking my time to explore the place deeply, I’ve also always dreamed of going on a world tour. Now that I feel like I’ve come so close to realizing my dream, I can’t think about anything else and I’m super excited!”.Sounds amazing right? But what keeps him motivated him every day to run towards this goal? “I’ve always had my priorities clear and travel has been one of my top priorities for a long while now. Regardless of the world tour being a childhood dream, another thing that has me motivated is sustainable tourism. We’ve heard a lot about it but hardly any of us bother to practice it. Through the tour I want to explore newer ways around the world for sustainable tourism and also to promote it through my stories. We’ve all collectively got to take responsibility to preserve the beauty of the world if we hope to enjoy it now and forever.”, says Anunay.Looking forward to getting more and more inspired by the stories of the world through the eyes of this impressive youngster.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.
BNP to discuss seatsharing looking at election process
Still in a protest mode, opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will discuss with alliance partners the issue of sharing seats and finalise the party’s nominations once the election schedule is announced, according to senior leaders.However, party office bearers informally say, as the general elections near, there is pressure from some alliance members for distribution of parliamentary seats for contesting the polls.“We haven’t made any formal list of the possible contestants in the elections, nor have the alliance partners approached us about this as yet,” said Nazrul Islam Khan, the BNP’s standing committee member and coordinator of the 20-party alliance.“We do not want that from them either. If we decide to join the elections, we will fix all this after sitting with leaders of the alliance one or two days into the polls schedule. We know who have likely candidates and where.”When asked about the matter, some BNP office bearers said if they start discussing seat-sharing and the party’s nomination, this will clearly mean the party is going to contest in the polls.In such a scenario, they added, it will be difficult to create further pressure on the government for holding a free and fair election.The main opposition party’s top priority at the moment is holding a joint programme with the newly floated coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) to amass support for fair and acceptable elections, the party high-ups said.The Front wants the elections to be under a neutral administration and promises change in national political culture.The BNP has more than one candidate in each constituency, Prothom Alo has learned after talking to leaders at different levels of the party. They have some idea of who are going to contest in around 100 constituencies.A section of the BNP leaders claims possible candidates are in regular contact with the central leaders as part of lobbying to secure nominations.Apparently, the potential candidates are not active at the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office at Gulshan and the party’s central Naya Paltan office.Many of the potential candidates are seen active only in the media and on the social media.They believe if a proper election is held, it will be easy as a BNP candidate to win.The potential candidates are not either willing to be exposed amid the spree of ‘fictitious cases’ filed by the law enforcement across the country.“The leaders and activists are on the run due to false cases. Many of them can’t go to the office for fear of being arrested. Who will dare to seek nomination at this point?” said BNP’s joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.BNP cautious over nominationA few leaders of the 20-party alliance partners said as there is no progress in seat sharing, some of the alliance members are not comfortable.Two members of the alliance—Bangladesh NAP and National Democratic Party—have already left the BNP-led alliance after not getting any assurance over the seat sharing, some claimed.Asked about the matter, Oli Ahmed, president of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said it had not been decided as yet as to whether the 20-party alliance will contest the elections or not.The matter will be discussed soon after a decision is finalised, he added.The BNP policymakers say they have an idea about the sharing of seats among the alliance members.As the Oikya Front has now been allied with the BNP, the major party has to be more calculative, according to party leaders.The BNP will be generous about the Oikya Front’s members – Gano Forum, JSD and Nagorik Oikya, said those who know the party’s thinking.Gano Forum’s executive president Subrata Chowdhury said, “We are not with those who are after shares. Those who want shares didn’t come to the coalition. We are busy with how to secure a fair election.”Eight parties in the 20-party alliance have registration with the election commission while the High Court scrapped registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, an influential alliance partner.The people familiar with the matter said the alliance members inclusive of Jamaat may demand 100 seats.“No talks have yet been held between the first (BNP) and second parties (alliance members), while the third party (the media) is publishing different lists,” said Syed Mohammad Ibrahim, chairman of the Kalyan Party, which is in the alliance.“When they (BNP) call us, we will present our list,” he added.Several leaders of the alliance said they want an understanding in this regard as early as possible.BNP’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “We’re thinking about everyone. We’ll take a decision on seat sharing with alliance members if we go to the polls and the (election) atmosphere is created and the BNP chairperson is released.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.
Protesters Topple Confederate Statue In North Carolina
Seconds after the monument fell, protesters began kicking the crumpled bronze monument.“I was a little bit shocked people could come here and come together like that,” said Isaiah Wallace, who is black.Wallace said he watched as others toppled the statue. He hopes other Confederate symbols elsewhere will follow.“I feel like this is going to send shockwaves through the country and hopefully they can bring down other racist symbols,” he said.The Durham protest was in response to a white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Authorities say one woman was killed Saturday after one of the white nationalists drove his car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters.Although the violence in Virginia has prompted fresh talk by government officials about bringing down symbols of the Confederacy around the South, North Carolina has a law protecting them. The 2015 law prevents removing such monuments on public property without permission from state officials.In response to the statue in Durham being torn down, Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted: “The racism and deadly violence in Charlottesville is unacceptable but there is a better way to remove these monuments.”After the statue fell, several dozen protesters congregated on the street in front of the old courthouse. Some took pictures standing or sitting on the toppled soldier, in front of a pedestal inscribed with the words “In Memory of the Boys Who Wore The Gray.” Police cruisers blocked off the street, and officers looked on — some filming. As it got dark, rally participants began to peacefully disperse.Robin Williamson, who works downtown, arrived in the area about an hour after the statue came down. Williamson, who is black, said he can sympathize with people who are upset with the state of racial discourse in the country.“People feel that with Donald Trump as leader, racists can be vocal,” he said.He said that while Confederate monuments have been defaced in other cities, it was surprising to see an entire statue brought down by protesters.“This is a little bit more intense because they took the whole statue down,” he said. Protesters in North Carolina toppled a nearly century-old statue of a Confederate soldier Monday at a rally against racism.Activists in Durham brought a ladder up to the statue and used a rope to pull down the Confederate Soldiers Monument that was dedicated in 1924. A diverse crowd of dozens cheered as the statue of a soldier holding a rifle fell to the ground in front of an old courthouse building that now houses local government offices. Twitter account @Worldeventsbible Share The moment a Confederate statue is pulled down in North Carolina pic.twitter.com/NYXoIbxZ3H— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 15, 2017
New Pipe Mill Near Houston Promises American Manufacturing Revival
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /04:05 – / 10A large new steel pipe mill has opened in Bay City, about 75 miles southwest of Houston. It’s bringing with it more than 600 permanent jobs, and the company, Tenaris, is promising a return of manufacturing jobs in America.But the question is, in an age where more and more work is done by computers and robots, what kinds of jobs are they?On the day of its official opening, Dec. 11, Tenaris’ U.S. engineering director Alex Corra gave us a tour.From an elevated hallway, separated by glass walls from the enormous production floor below, you can see the 25 to 40 foot long sections of drilling pipe they make here. They come into sight as red-hot bars, whose heat you can feel even from 30 feet away and through the windows.“Depending (on) the diameter and the thickness, we can do four pipes or two pipes with one bar,” Corra said.The machine will eventually produce a bar every 40 seconds, he said. That will amount to 600,000 tons of pipe per year; they will be used for drilling and other oil and gas related purposes.The community has been eagerly awaiting the mill’s opening since it was announced in February 2013. Last week’s opening ceremony featured Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. Abbott praised the plant as a job creator, especially after Hurricane Harvey.“One of the best ways for us to recover and rebuild from a challenge like that is with a great company like Tenaris coming here, opening this fabulous facility and creating hundreds of new jobs,” he said.And both Abbott and Perry spoke about a “manufacturing revival.”“It’s my hope and my expectation that this company will continue to play a role in our American energy revolution and manufacturing revival,” Perry said.Again, the plant is employing more than 600 people. Tenaris CEO Paolo Rocca said they are all manufacturing jobs, “in the sense that manufacturing is today, which is basically control of complex automation and many of these jobs are highly skilled.”The jobs pay well. The average salary is $66,000 a year.So more money but fewer jobs than a plant this size would have created, say, 20 years ago.Ed Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship at Rice University, said for modern standards, 600 jobs is a lot for a manufacturing facility, but it would have been at least 10 times more in the past.“It’s not jobs that matter, it’s productive jobs,” he said. “We’ve got to be productive. We need to be as efficient as we can be. So we do need to upskill, but as we need to train people, we need to train business owners and we need to work out how to do both sides, the supply and demand of this labor market, to get things going in manufacturing here in Texas.”So it’s not so much about creating jobs but training the workforce.“There is a growing number of jobs available and at the same time, we are unable to fill all of the skilled manufacturing jobs because folks are not trained as yet to fill those jobs,” Tony Bennett, president of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, said.For its part, Tenaris is training its workforce on the Bay City campus. It’s also partnering with community colleges that teach manufacturing skills.But is it really part of a manufacturing revival as it promises?Egan said not in terms of new jobs.“Tenaris then laid off 500 employees in 2015 at three U.S. plants, including 230 jobs in the Houston area and is now moving jobs from Houston to Bay City,” the professor said. “So net-net we’re pretty much back where we started on this one.”He notes that Tenaris could have chosen Louisiana over Texas, so that’s a plus for the state. It helped that Texas gave the company a $6 million grant from its enterprise fund. That on top of other local tax incentives.Egan said it will have a positive economic impact on the region. The company said it also picked Bay City for its proximity to major drill sites and the support it’s getting from the locals.Disclosure: Tenaris is a supporter of public radio via National Public Media. Share
Votes are Still Being Tallied for Two Prince Georges Races
James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comWhile many Prince George’s County battles were resolved on June 26, after the Democratic Primary in Maryland, two other key county races weren’t.The race for District 7 County Council seat is now between Rodney Streeter and Krystal Oriadha, who have 2,776 and 2,743, respectively while the District 9 County Council position has Prince George’s County Court of the Clerk Sydney Harrison at 7,029 votes to Tamara Brown’s 6, 970.Krystal Oriadha is one of the candidates still waiting for results from Maryland’s recent Democratic Primary on June 26, to see who will win a County Council seat for District 7. (Courtesy Photo)Candidates from both races are waiting for the results of provisional/absentee ballots. The counting of those ballots will take place on July 5 and a second absentee ballot canvas will occur on July 6.Oriadha told the AFRO she is in good spirits heading into the provisional/absentee counting process. “I am optimistic about the outcome,” she said. “I am thankful for the hard work my team did to carry us this far.”In the spirited Prince George’s County Board of Education District 6 race, incumbent Carolyn Boston edged out well-known activist Belinda Queen, 4,796 to 4.096 but it may be subject to a recount because of Boston’s slim margin of victory and the number of provisional/absentee ballots.
Track Family Members Smart Home With Tabs Sensors
Geek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security KitGeek Pick: Geeni Spot Smart Wi-Fi Plug Is a Superb Socket Stay on target Long gone are the days when kids could play pick-up baseball games in the streets until dark, returning home only when called for dinner. We’re totally headed toward the future of the “Arkangel” episode from the new Black Mirror season.Internet of Things provider TrackNet this week introduced Tabs, an all-in-one smart home and long-range locator solution that helps keep tabs (get it?) on your family and home.Choose from two expandable Tabs suites: the family locator kit (with hub, mini hub, wristband locator, and two object locators) or home health and security kit (with hub, motion sensor, healthy home sensor, three door and window sensors and magnets).Each runs on a LoRaWAN network, promising coverage inside and outside the home for up to a mile; the more people who use Tabs, the larger the network grows.Plus, the Hub acts as a bonafide Wi-Fi router, which can replace or extend an existing setup, or be used to create a new, separate network.Monitor your kids’ whereabouts with this colorful wearable (via TrackNet)My parents would have jumped at the chance to track 13-year-old me (prone to hanging out with friends in the band room after school, without alerting Mom and Dad). The colorful wristband locator, with its vibrate function, is ideal for those kids who need a gentle reminder to check in or come home.And forgetful folks can drop an object locator into a purse, backpack, or briefcase, and attach one to valuable items for easy recovery in case of theft or loss.Cautious homeowners, meanwhile, may want to invest in the household set, which pairs with the companion app to alerts users of unexpected movement, open doors and windows, and potentially harmful air quality.Monitor home temperature and air quality with this sleek device (via TrackNet)“We created Tabs with safety as a top priority and we’re excited to showcase the most robust and reliable IoT technology on the market today,” TrackNet CEO Hardy Schmidbauer said in a statement. “Tabs will quickly become the primary platform for all things related to home and family safety.”The Tabs suites are available now to pre-order via Kickstarter, starting at $229 for the home monitoring kit and $259 for the family kit.Early-bird backers also get a lifetime subscription to advanced Tabs features—an estimated savings of up to $480 over two years (based on a $15-$20 monthly fee for “most” home security and smart home solutions).With more than a month left in its campaign, TrackNet has collected over half of its $50,000 goal.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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Joyce Dixon feud still going strong
The gloves are still on as the standoff between Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce and the airline’s former boss and Tourism Australia chairman, Geoff Dixon continues.The two have been going head-to-head since late last year, when Mr Joyce withdrew Qantas’ joint marketing agreement with Tourism Australia over suspicions the TA chairman was out to “sabotage” the carrier’s alliance with Emirates. Although Tourism Australia has since received subsequent funding from Virgin Australia, Mr Dixon and a team of other Qantas shareholders retaliated by quietly selling their stake in the airline, netting some AU$18 million.Now Mr Joyce says the issue is still unresolved, stressing Mr Dixon’s conflict remained because ”issues were broader in terms of ambitions in what was going to happen in relation to Qantas”, The Age reported. Although refusing to offer further details, the Australian flag carrier’s boss said the issue could be resolved through “a number of ways” but ultimately “it is up to the people involved in it to resolve the conflict”.Speaking at a conference in Sydney, Mr Joyce added that despite recent Boeing issues in Japan, the airline was still scheduled to take delivery of its first group of 787s in August this year. He explained the carrier had not been informed of any delays by aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, but had contingency plans in place to handle any delays in delivery. The gloves are still on. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J