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Greens call for resurrection of Kelowna Accord

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter two weeks on the campaign trail, Green Party leader Elizabeth made a stop in Montreal Monday and called for a resurrection of the Kelowna Accord.May said the Green Party would fight to restore the $5.1 billion accord which was created by the Paul Martin Liberals, but cancelled by Stephen Harper’s government.May also said her party was committed to rebuilding Canada’s health care system.She was joined by Holly Dressel, a best-selling author who has written about Canada’s health care system.last_img read more

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Industrial designation for cannabis rejected

Fears of stunting the county’s evolving cannabis sector played a part Tuesday as Norfolk council rejected the idea of declaring marijuana production an “industrial” activity.County staff suggested the move as a tool to control greenhouse growers who do nothing to suppress the skunk-like odour associated with marijuana where it is grown on a large scale.Norfolk County has received dozens of odour complaints over the past two years. Some families claim the problem has damaged their health while driving them from their homes.Council members in the majority weren’t convinced that declaring marijuana production an industrial activity would stand up to legal scrutiny in the long run. Meanwhile, they could see the designation causing a number of problems for legal producers, some of whom are investing millions of dollars in Norfolk County.“Is this the kind of thing that will close some kind of mysterious loophole?” Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen asked. “I’m not exactly sure what this little change is supposed to do. I don’t see how this puts another arrow in our quiver to solve this problem.”The proposed change was heard during a public meeting under the Planning Act. As such, the public was entitled to participate.Sue Dagge of the medical cannabis company, Ayanda, north of Delhi, warned that an industrial designation could put Norfolk at a disadvantage compared to neighbouring municipalities.Ayanda has a long-term plan to invest $30 million in its facility on the Burford-Delhi Townline Road. Dagge said an industrial designation specific to Norfolk could be a red flag for investors, causing them to put their money elsewhere. Dagge added that Ayanda would seriously consider relocating if Norfolk adopted the industrial designation and the potential limitations it suggests.“I feel for those who are going through pain with other growers,” Dagge said. “But please don’t paint us all with the same brush.”She noted the industry in Canada is becoming “very crowded.”She said the federal government has granted 170 licences so far for large-scale production, adding another 800 are in the queue. The chronic supply shortage that attended the legalization of recreational marijuana last fall, she said, will shift into surplus in 2020.“This is not the lucrative business it used to be.”Dagge and others are known within the industry as Level I producers.Health Canada heavily regulates large-scale commercial operations in a number of areas, including odour control. All parties to this discussion agree that Level I producers are responsible and contribute nothing to the odour problem reported in dozens of locations across Norfolk.Problems, however, have arisen with Level II producers. As a result of a landmark court decision, prescribed users of marijuana for medical purposes can contract out their needs to these growers.Level II producers – many operating out of greenhouse facilities built for vegetable production – can take on four clients per location. Many of these clients are entitled, under law, to produce hundreds of plants a year for personal consumption.Norfolk principal planner Mat Vaughan argues the county can, with an industrial designation, hold Level II producers to the same high standards as Level I producers. Key to restoring harmony in disturbed neighbourhoods, Vaughan says, are strict requirements in the area of odour control.Large-scale producers licensed by Health Canada, Vaughan said, “have to control the air coming in and the air going out. The nice thing about that is those growing this properly don’t have odour issues. Those not growing it properly will have odour issues.”Operations with an industrial designation pay about seven times the property taxes as their agricultural counterparts.Recently, the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. in Brantford told The Reformer it uses its own criteria to classify properties; that designations imposed by municipalities for planning purposes are not a factor.That may be true today, but Mayor Kristal Chopp worries what might happen in the future. She told council designating cannabis production as an industrial activity is an invitation for others to tax it accordingly.The mayor also doesn’t like the idea of deterring the production of marijuana in the agricultural zone. That would force producers, she said, to compete for scarce resources elsewhere.“We have a very limited amount of industrial land,” Chopp said. “We shouldn’t be putting them on our industrial land. We should be getting them away from town.”For his part, Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts said an industrial designation is justified given the medical, chemical and pharmaceutical aspects of cannabis production and processing. The industrial designation, Rabbitts added, will help planning staff when they have to defend the county’s cannabis-control policies at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).Council rejected deferring the matter in a 5-4 vote. Council proceeded to reject the industrial designation, also in a 5-4 vote.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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In Beijing top peacekeeping official discusses Chinas expanded role in UN missions

Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, met with senior officials from the Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Public Security. He also visited the Police Academy where a new training centre for UN civilian police will be built to meet the needs of China’s desire to be more active in peacekeeping operations.According to a UN spokesman, Chinese officials told Mr. Guéhenno that China now had a number of standby units – mostly medical and engineering – ready to be deployed with UN operations within 90 days. Mr. Guéhenno was also informed that, if needed, China could dispatch a medical unit to the UN Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), and that an engineering unit would also be ready in the future. The Under-Secretary-General agreed to send over a UN team to inspect the medical team.”[Mr. Guéhenno] went there knowing that China had an interest in expanding its presence in UN peacekeeping and so he explored with them during this visit the various ways that they could do that,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York. “They did make it clear that they’re not yet talking about combat troops but support units of various sorts.” read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in Georgia 6 more months

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) for another six months, until 31 January 2004, and endorsed Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s recommendation to add a civilian police component to strengthen its capacity.The Council’s unanimous decision to extend the Mission’s mandate welcomes the important contributions made by UNOMIG and the Collective Peacekeeping Forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in stabilizing the situation in the zone of conflict, and stresses its attachment to the close cooperation existing between them in the performance of their respective mandates.The text also endorsed the recommendation contained in the Secretary-General’s recent report to add a civilian police component of 20 officers to the Mission to strengthen its capacity to carry out its mandate and to contribute to the creation of conditions conducive to the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.Mr. Annan’s report lamented that the core political issue to the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict – the future status of Abkhazia – had not yet been addressed despite the opportunities provide by interested parties. And while he noted that the parties moved ahead on economic cooperation and refugee return, he appealed to both sides to muster the will to address the political aspects of the conflict.Similarly, the Council today stressed its strong support for the document on “Basic Principles for the Distribution of Competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi” and for its letter of transmittal, but deeply regretted the continued refusal of the Abkhaz side to agree to a discussion on the substance of that document. The 15-member body strongly urged the Abkhaz side to receive the document and its transmittal letter.Further, the Council also regretted the lack of progress on the initiation of political status negotiations, and called again on the parties to ensure the necessary revitalization of the peace process in all its major aspects.The Council also strongly condemned the abduction of four UNOMIG personnel on 5 June – the sixth hostage taking since the Mission was established in 1993 – and deeply deplored that none of the perpetrators had ever been identified or brought to justice. read more

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Ont premier disappointed with New Yorks Buy American agreement on steel

TORONTO – The premier of Ontario says she’s disappointed that New York lawmakers have reached an agreement on legislation that would require state construction projects to use American iron and steel.Kathleen Wynne says a Buy American deal announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday will impact Ontario businesses.Her government lobbied against more sweeping Buy American provisions that had been introduced as part of New York’s budget this spring and Wynne credited Ontario’s advocacy for defeating that proposal.She says New York’s new Buy American plan is narrower and less punitive than the original, which would have required all state entities to buy from American companies on new purchases worth more than US$100,000.The new proposal would require state agencies to buy American-made iron and steel for projects like bridges, subways and new state buildings.Wynne says she will advocate for Ontario to receive an exemption from the policy before it comes into effect, which is set to occur next April.In the meantime, Wynne says she is ready to respond to New York, or any state that restricts Ontario companies from bidding on government projects. Her cabinet has prepared legislation that would allow the government to restrict non-Ontario firms from bidding on public projects.“I will continue to stand up for the people of Ontario, any time and every time Buy American policies are being considered or implemented in states that do business with our province,” she said.Wynne commented on New York’s Buy American deal Wednesday after meeting with Governor of Georgia Nathan Deal in Atlanta.She lauded Ontario’s trade relationship with that state, particularly in the auto and film industries.Wynne has been increasingly vocal about her concerns over signs of growing protectionism in the U.S. and has met with more than a dozen state governors to encourage trade with Ontario.– with files from The Associated Press Ont. premier disappointed with New York’s Buy American agreement on steel by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2017 2:30 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Grape and wine celebration toasts top promoters

As part of the Cuvée 2016 weekend, which celebrates excellence in Ontario winemaking, seven individuals were recognized for their contributions to growing and promoting the province’s grape and wine industry. The winners were revealed at a VIP awards ceremony prior to the sold-out 28th annual Cuvée Grand Tasting held Friday, March 4 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the event is one of the largest celebrations of VQA wine, showcasing each winemaker’s favourite selection to a crowd of 800 guests. The Tony Aspler Cuvée Award of Excellence was presented to viticulturist Lloyd Schmidt, for advancing viticulture in Ontario by accessing the best vinifera varietals from nurseries around the world and fighting bureaucracy to do it.Father and son grape growers Howard and Wes Lowrey from St. David’s were honoured with the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award sponsored by BASF Canada Inc. The 2016 category was best red vinifera and the Lowrey’s were recognized for their Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The winner is chosen by an expert panel that makes field visits throughout the growing season to monitor quality.Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Winners: left to right, Grape Growers of Ontario Matthias Oppenlaender, Wes Lowrey, Howard Lowrey, Julia Harnal, BASF Canada Inc.The 2016 VQA Promoter Award winners were also announced at Cuvée, with the awards to be presented formally Saturday, April 2 at CCOVI’s Experts Tasting held at Brock University. The awards acknowledge individuals who celebrate, through promotion and/or education, the Ontario VQA wine industry with unselfish enthusiasm, constructive input and unsolicited promotion.The 2016 VQA Promoter Award winners in each category are:• Education: Peter Blakeman, program co-ordinator for culinary programs, Niagara College• Hospitality: Greg Elmhirst, general manager Elmhirst Resort• LCBO: Nina Hofer, product consultant, LCBO store 522• Promoter-at-Large: Norman Hardie, owner and winemaker Norman Hardie• Lifetime Achievement: Peter Gamble, winemaker and consultantProceeds from the Cuvée Grand Tasting go to support the Cuvée Legacy Fund established after the 2015 event. The fund has already awarded $15,000 in academic scholarships and contributed $13,000 toward industry-driven research projects. At the awards ceremony, the 2015 scholarships were also handed out. Awarded were the following Brock students:• Cuvée Hosting Award for Academic Excellence ($5,000): Damien Espinase Nandorfy, fourth-year Oenology and Viticulture Student• Cuvée Award for Academic Excellence ($2,500): Sebastien Savard, third-year Oenology and Viticulture Student• Cuvée Award for Academic Excellence ($2,500): Emilie Jobin Poirier, Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology• Cuvée Graduate Scholarship ($5,000): Jennifer Kelly, PhD candidate BiotechnologyStudent award winners: The Cuvée 2015 scholarships were awarded at the event to (left to right) Jennifer Kelly, Emilie Jobin Poirier, Damien Espinase Nandorfy and Sebastien Savard. read more

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No 2 Ohio State mens volleyball keeps a level head amid 15match

OSU men’s volleyball players during a game against Ball State on Feb. 15 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUHeld together by an overarching desire to display excellence and a humble confidence that it can overcome all, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team has stayed consistent amid its journey near the top of the national rankings.After a blistering run through many of the nation’s premier teams, OSU is now perched just a notch below the top of the coaches rankings and at the peak of the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association standings.The Buckeyes (23-3, 13-1) are on a run of wins dating all the way back to early February. Since then, the Scarlet and Gray have accumulated 15 consecutive wins. That run, which is the longest the program has had since 2011, has carried the Scarlet and Gray to the No. 2 spot in the Week 13 national rankings, only trailing BYU with seven first-place votes to the Cougars’ nine. At one point, in the Week 11 poll, the Buckeyes were slotted at the very top.“It’s awesome. In the years that I’ve been here this is the best team that I have been on and I love every second of it,” said redshirt junior outside hitter Alex Judkins. “We’re pretty humble about it (because) it’s just a number, really.”The team is trying not to get too high or low because of the ranking, yet it can’t help but have an immense feeling of positivity in regards to its current situation. “I think the only expectation we have is to play up to the level of play we’ve set for ourselves,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “We just have to make sure we can continue to move forward from whatever happens.”This humble mentality is one that permeates through his players. The group is striving to maintain the ability to keep one’s mind clear, yet have a strong enough focus on the impending hurdle, only thinking about the next opponent and not the energy surrounding the event.“The team is excited right now, but we don’t want it to get to our heads,” said senior outside hitter Peter Edwards. “We have to continue to play well because it only puts a target on our back having that (ranking).”The players have taken on the focused mentality that the coach challenged them to obtain, keeping only in mind the next opponent and how they will go about trying to beat it.A facet of the team that helps to sustain the strong bond between the unit is the confidence that someone will step up each night and bring whatever is needed to the table in order to win. The team knows that each member is equally important if it’s going to succeed consistently and stay on the winning path.“It allows the team to be consistent even when the players are inconsistent,” Edwards said. “You need the team to continue to play well and it doesn’t put pressure on one person or two people to play well.”Although the Buckeyes are able to rely on the sum of the parts rather than a lone player, the Scarlet and Gray have had impressive individual performers this season.Sophomore outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen and junior outside hitter Miles Johnson have received national recognition this season for their head-turning play on the court. Johnson is one of only 15 players in OSU history to be honored with the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s national player of the week award. Szerszen is a multi-time recipient of the MIVA’s offensive player of the week award. Meanwhile, Junior outside hitter Gabriel Domecus has also garnered MIVA defensive player of the week honors.The Buckeyes have taken down multiple highly ranked teams on their current streak,  legitimizing their record. OSU defeated then-No.1 Long Beach State on March 12, while also toppling two-time defending national champion Loyola twice. On March 25, OSU took down No. 9 Ball State to grab possession of first place in the MIVA. Then, on Tuesday night, the Buckeyes swept No. 11 Penn State to keep their ship sailing smooth. Going into games with such high-profile opponents isn’t something the Buckeyes back down from, Hanson said. Instead, they approach those games, as well as the whole season, with a “why not us?” mindset. “Why let somebody else do it if we’re right there and knocking on the door?” Hanson said. read more

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Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of crimes against humanity

first_imgTHREE AND A half decades after the genocidal rule of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge ended, a UN-backed war crimes tribunal has found two of the regime leaders guilty.Khieu Samphan, the regime’s 83-year-old former president, and Nuon Chea, its 88-year-old chief ideologue, have been sentenced to life in prison for their role in the 1970s terror. Both men, in dire health, denied any wrongdoing.They are the first of the regimes leaders to have been held accountable for the atrocities.Mass killing The case, covering the forced exodus of millions of people from Cambodia’s towns and cities and a mass killing, is just part of the Cambodian story.Nearly a quarter of the population died under their rule, through a combination starvation, medical neglect, overwork and execution when the group held power in 1975-79.Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea were both been charged with crimes against humanity, genocide, religious persecution, homicide and torture. Both men are in frail health and have required occasional hospitalisation during the trial.Khieu Samphan acknowledged that mass killings took place. But testifying before the court in 2011, he claimed he was just a figurehead who had no real authority. He denied ordering any executions himself, calling the allegations a “fairy tale.” Instead, he blamed Pol Pot, the group’s top leader, who died in 1998, for its extreme policies. Nuon Chea, who was the Khmer Rouge’s chief ideologist and No. 2 leader, is seen on a screen during his final statements at the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: Heng SinithKhieu Samphan also said he believed when he was young, that communism — which Khmer Rouge cadres took to the extreme, virtually enslaving the entire population in a bid to create an agrarian utopia — had given him hope when he was young, and the movement had opposed a pro-Western regime and neighboring Vietnam, Cambodia’s traditional enemy.Nuon Chea, who is known as Brother No. 2 for being Pol Pot’s trusted deputy, has appeared less repentant. At the start of the trial, in 2011, he blamed Vietnamese forces for killing Cambodians.“I don’t want them to believe the Khmer Rouge are bad people, are criminals,” he said of those observing to the trial. “Nothing is true about that.”Many criticised the slow justice and its cost. The tribunal, formally known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and comprising of Cambodian and international jurists, began operations in 2006. It has since spent more than $200 million, yet it has only convicted one defendant — prison director Kaing Guek Eav, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011. tourists walk through the ground dotted with mass graves of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime at the Choeung Ek killing field in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe current trial began in November 2011 and started out with four Khmer Rouge leaders. Former Foreign Minister Ieng Sary died in 2013, while his wife, Social Affairs Minister Ieng Thirith, was deemed unfit to stand trial due to dementia in 2012.Crimes against humanity Portraits of genocide victims at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, formerly the most notorious Khmer Rouge prison, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAge and poor health Because of the advanced age and poor health of the defendants, the case against them was divided into separate smaller trials in an effort to render justice before they die.Both defendants face a second trial that is due to start by year’s end, this time on charges of genocide. That trial is expected to take years to complete.Suon Mom, 75-year-old woman whose husband and four children starved to death during the Khmer era, said she was keen to see justice finally served, even if it is generations late.“My anger remains in my heart,” she said. “I still remember the day I left Phnom Penh, walking along the road without having any food or water to drink.”Some say the money that financed the trial should have been spent on helping survivors instead, or on the impoverished country’s infrastructure.Chea Chhunleng, a 23-year-old business student, said he was not opposed to harsh sentences for the two leaders, but said the trial could not change the past.It “can only provide justice … only the word justice. That is all,” he said.Read: Cambodia genocide defendant ruled unfit for trial>Read: Pol Pot’s deputy tells court: Khmer Rouge ‘were not bad people’>last_img read more

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Broken drainage cover posing threat to locals

first_imgHousing Board: The road near water tank in Housing Board has become a dangerous zone for the children and residents of the area. The broken drainage cover is posing a serious threat to the residents of the area. The risk of people falling into it increases due to lack of proper street lights in the area. The locals said that there have been incidents where children fell into the drainage and have hurt themselves due to improper and damage cover of drainage. The broken drainage also leads to unpleasant smell and mushrooming of mosquitoes.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner and Priyanka Chopra frolick in barely

first_imgActress Sophie Turner from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California U.S., September 18, 2016.ReutersSophie Turner seems to have left winter far behind. The X-Men: Dark Phoenix star was spotted with Priyanka Chopra.Reportedly, the duo was spotted in Miami enjoying a pool day. Sophie and Priyanka were both seen having fun while showcasing their enviable figures in gorgeous swimwear.The “Game of Thrones” star was seen showing off her body in a skimpy forest green two piece. Sophie’s triangular top modestly concealed her ample cleavage and she teamed the look with a matching pair of bikini bottoms. Sophie Turner accessorized her look with some gold necklaces. However, her wedding rings were absent from her person.Sophie had her taut stomach on display and was not seen with her wedding rings but accessorized with some gold necklaces. She was accompanied by sister-in-law Priyanka Chopra who looked stunning in a burgundy swimsuit. The wife of Nick Jonas, flaunted her enviable curves in a burgundy colored one-piece that drew attention to her cleavage and curvaceous frame.Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas were recently spotted in as they locked lips for all to see. Reportedly, the pair was photographed looking madly in love while sharing a kiss over lunch on their honeymoon. While grabbing a bite to eat in Positano, Italy, Joe Jonas could be seen planting a passionate kiss on the lips of the Game of Thrones star. But the PDA didn’t stop there, Joe Jonas seemed to be having a real hard time trying to keep his hands off Sophie.  Priyanka Chopra in Nick Jonas’ SuckerPriyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra/Instagram)During the rest of their meal, Joe was seen planting a kiss on Sophie’s hands, and she enjoyed herself an Italian espresso.”Sophie and Joe are having the time of their lives on their romantic honeymoon getaway,” an insider to the couple told HollywoodLife exclusively. And it looks like the vacation is doing wonders for Sophie, who had confessed to Dr. Phil recently that she really needed a break. “They have both been working so hard for so long and have been so focused on their careers that they really needed this time away to just enjoy married life.”Well, it looks like Sophie doesn’t always need Joe to have fun. You can check out the pics here: Sophie Turner – bikini candids on vacation in Miami #SophieTurner https://t.co/0ypPKzZOcD pic.twitter.com/Rvq81wAlBH— Celebs Hot & Sexy Pics (@prettyhotsexy) August 4, 2019 Hot dusky #PriyankaChopra spotted in bikini on her vacation in #Miami pic.twitter.com/pDQYbGAjRs— Toxic Beauties (@toxicactress) August 4, 2019last_img read more

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Police harass students of safe road movement

first_imgSafe road movement. Prothom Alo file photoPolice have yet to specify any charges against persons arrested during the students’ movement for safe roads. They say that no one has been accused of being guilty or innocent at this stage and they also do not know when investigations will be completed.As the investigations are still underway, those arrested during the movement, including 22 students of private universities, are having to appear in court every month. With cases filed against them, their studies and jobs are being hampered. A student, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo, the university administraton has shown some sympathy towards them in the beginning, but not anymore. The exams are often held on the date they have to appear in court. They either have to take their exam and rush to court, or rush to the exams from court. They are also ridiculed and mocked.The safe road movement burst out when students took to the streets in protest, following two college students being killed by a bus in the capital city on 29 September last year. When the demonstrating students were attacked on 4 August, students of Dhaka University took to the streets the next day. Then on 6 August, students of North South University and other universities also took to the streets. And before they could take to the streets, the students of East West University were confined in their own campus. Reportedly, police as well as helmet and lungi clad persons assaulted them.Sixty cases were filed in connection to the safe road movement which continued for around a week in Dhaka City. Police in Badda and Bhatara filed cases against over a hundred persons, naming 32 specifically. And 22 students of private universities were arrested in those cases.Serious chargesThe charges brought against the students were serious. The charges filed by the Badda police station against the students include creating violence with dangerous weapons, obstructing government work, attacking the police, damaging police vehicles and setting fire to the Badda police station. A total of 19 per sons were accused in that case. Some former students were charged with instigation. The Bhatara police station brought charges against 13 students of North South University, Independent University of Bangladesh and Asian University, as well as against numerous unidentified persons. They were accused to obstructing government duties, attacking government personnel and injuring them, as well as halting and damaging vehicles. Six policemen were hurt in those incidents. Three arrested students – Fayez Ahmed, Masad Murtaza bin Asad and Azizul Karim were also injured.Those arrested for creating violence in Badda were accused of wielding eight three-foot long sticks, broken glass and broken bricks. No specific description was given of how they reportedly attacked the police station.Kakon Biswas, the main accused in case filed by the Badda police station, was said to have instigated violence. Kakon said he had passed out of university quite some time ago. On the day of the incident, he entered office at nine in the morning and left at six in the evening. He feels he has been included in this case because of his role in the 2015 movement against VAT for post-grad studies.Bhatara police station brought charges against students of North South University, Asian University and of quite a few other universities. Saber Ahmed of Asian University was arrested in this case. He told Prothom Alo, he had been in front of a bank on the day of the incident when a policeman summoned him. The policeman then handcuffed him and placed him in a prison van. He often contacts the investigating officer but has not been told when the charge sheet or the final report will be prepared. He has been aspiring to go abroad for higher studies but that has now become uncertain.Five others arrested in this case say they had been attacked by police and the helmet-lungi clad hoodlums without any provocation. At least 40 of those injured in this attack had to be admitted to Apollo Hospital. One of them, Ashraful Islam, had been grievously injured and was kept under intensive care for long at the hospital. These students are asking why cases have been filed against them instead of the helmeted attackers.The students, however, say the investigating officers have shown sympathy towards them. But no one can say when they will be released from these cases. Several police officers involved in the investigations told Prothom Alo unofficially that they are unable to do anything as they simply have to wait for orders from above.Drivers accuse, students accusedDuring the safe road movement, hundreds of the students were charged with damaging buses and a few were arrested. Bus drivers filed cases with the Motijheel, Paltan, Khilkhet, Cantonment and Kotwali police stations against the demonstrating students.22 case under section 57Last August 22 cases were filed regarding the safe road movement. Investigations have not been completed in any of the cases. The accused are having to appear in court every month.One of the students, on condition of anonymity, has said that the universities are not giving them any sort of concessions. Eden College student Lutfun Nahar Luma says she appeared in court on 16 April. A girl in a pink outfit had appeared in a video taken of the movement and she was arrested because she had been wearing a pink outfit too. Another 16 were arrested in that case and the 17 of them have to turn up in court every month.Officials of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s cyber crime division say the safe road movement had been hijacked. A rumour had been spread that students were killed and raped in the Awami League office. But no one knows who spread these rumours. It is speculated that the rumours were sparked off from outside the country.Chairman of the national human rights commission, Kazi Reazul Huq, says the safe road movement was a justified one, but it failed as other elements had entered the scene. It had been a movement of the general students, but they were arrested and harassed. He said the government should look into these cases and resolve them as soon as possible. *The report, originally appeared in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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State Lawmakers Houston Officials Weigh Measures To Curb School Shootings

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:37 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Via Texas TribunePolice tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.Texas lawmakers are meeting today in Austin to consider how to protect schools against gun violence. The hearing comes three weeks after the shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen others. Efforts to curtail school shootings are also moving ahead in Houston.Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence is working to come up with safety measures that can be put in place before the next school year starts.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is on the mayor’s commission. “This was already in the making for some time, so it wasn’t simply a response to Santa Fe,” Gonzalez says. “He’s concerned a lot about just everyday gun violence as well.”The commission held its first meeting at the end of May. Sheriff Gonzalez says Mayor Turner has also directed the group to come up with a second round of recommendations by year end, in time to propose them to state lawmakers before the Legislature convenes in January. Sharelast_img read more

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Doctor Who Christmas special trailer Time of the Doctor teases the end

first_imgAfter the big 50th anniversary bonanza last month featuring the return of David Tennant as the Doctor, the last story Matt Smith’s iteration of the Doctor has to tell will unfold on Christmas during the holiday special this year. Perhaps not as much of a blockbuster as the 50th anniversary, the special will (likely) see Matt Smith die and regenerate as the new Peter Capaldi incarnation of the long-running show’s titular character.The short trailer features everyone’s favorite (or most annoying) enemies of the series — the Daleks and the Cybermen, with their grating (or ominous) repeating lines of extermination and deletion. The Christmas special will officially show off Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, as a close-up of his eyes were only briefly shown in the 50th anniversary episode.It isn’t exactly clear if Capaldi will officially be the Doctor as we know him — show-runner Steven Moffat has made some cryptic statements lately regarding the chronology of the Doctor’s regenerations. Matt Smith is technically the 13th incarnation of the Doctor — and in the extremely loose and rarely consistent series lore, the Doctor can only regenerate 12 times, so Matt Smith’s 13th incarnation should be the Doctor’s last. We know Peter Capaldi will be taking Smith’s place, so either the show will pull some technicality like it did with John Hurt’s 50th anniversary War Doctor, or it will simply break its own lore like it does on a regular basis because nothing is concrete in Doctor Who, regardless of what the writers say.If Tennant and Smith got you used to a young, dreamy doctor and you aren’t quite sure what to make of the older Capaldi just yet, keep in mind that he has won an Academy Award, so he’ll be bringing a high pedigree to the timey wimey series.The Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, will air on December 25 at 9PM EST on BBC America.last_img read more

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A magnificent range of Diwali hampers

first_imgAdding to your celebration and joy, Mister Chai is presenting a magnificent range of Diwali Hampers offering gourmet assortments and pure joy. This Diwali, make your loved ones feel special and gift them hampers that matches their personality, tailored to their taste and filled with luxuries and love. Exuding surprise and elegance, the spectacular festive hamper range comprises of ‘The Globe Trotter’, ‘The Entertainer’ and ‘The Free Spirit’ starting at INR 5000 plus taxes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’The Globe Trotter’ is for those businessmen and women in your circle who travels the world and are fond of those little treats. Generously filled with fine nuts, chocolates and a bottle of happiness, this is a perfect gift for the globe trotters. If you have those friends who love spreading a hearty laughter to your life, ‘The Entertainer’ Diwali gift hamper is the choice. It offers some delicious chocolates, macaroons, cookies, nuts, and tea. ‘The Free Spirit’ hamper is the choice you can make for those you know exceptionally well. Custom-made and skillfully craft a Diwali hamper for your loved ones, with their favourite ingredients and drinks. Each gifting has equal grandeur, finesse and uniqueness, filled with an alluring gourmet treat to make your festival truly delightful.last_img read more

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