Toronto man 58 and son 6 found dead in apartment police investigate

17 Oct 2019

first_imgTORONTO – A young boy and his father have been found dead in a Toronto apartment in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.Zlatan Cico, 58, and his six-year-old son, Simon, were found without vital signs shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, Toronto police said in a news release Tuesday.Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The boy showed “signs of trauma,” but police didn’t elaborate further.Police said they are not looking for any suspects, but are asking anyone with information to come forward.Pearse Vujcic said he knew something was wrong when he noticed his dog was running in circles on his balcony.“I then heard a loud noise and I knew right away somebody is dead,” Vujcic said, who had been Cico’s neighbour for 11 years. “It was not a regular noise when you have a domestic dispute or something. It was totally different, like in a war.”Vujcic said he left his apartment and saw Simon’s mother in the hallway, screaming, “My son is inside, how am I going to live without my son?”The door to Cico’s apartment was open, and Vujcic said he entered with a few other neighbours to find the man dead with a note on his chest. He said Simon was also dead.He described Simon as a happy child who was “dearly loved” by his parents. He said Simon lived full-time with his mother, and visited his father on a regular basis.He said Cico was a proud father, who often taped to his apartment door pictures drawn by the boy.“He would have several drawings outside on his door, and that’s not allowed,” Vujcic said. “Nobody complained — neighbours, management, the superintendent, nobody — because he was a good father and Simon was a great child.”Vujcic said he never noticed any signs that Cico was in distress, adding that he is still shocked that his friend could be capable of harming the child.“I will blame myself for the rest of my life that I didn’t notice he was suicidal,” he said. “If I knew that he was suicidal, I would have stopped this.”Autopsies for the father and son are scheduled for Wednesday, police said.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A young boy and his father have been found dead in a Toronto apartment in what is believed to be a murder-suicide.Zlatan Cico, 58, and his six-year-old son, Simon, were found without vital signs shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, Toronto police said in a news release Tuesday.Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The boy showed “signs of trauma,” but police didn’t elaborate further.Police said they are not looking for any suspects, but are asking anyone with information to come forward.Pearse Vujcic said he knew something was wrong when he noticed his dog was running in circles on his balcony.“I then heard a loud noise and I knew right away somebody is dead,” Vujcic said, who had been Cico’s neighbour for 11 years. “It was not a regular noise when you have a domestic dispute or something. It was totally different, like in a war.”Vujcic said he left his apartment and saw Simon’s mother in the hallway, screaming, “My son is inside, how am I going to live without my son?”The door to Cico’s apartment was open, and Vujcic said he entered with a few other neighbours to find the man dead with a note on his chest. He said Simon was also dead.He described Simon as a happy child who was “dearly loved” by his parents. He said Simon lived full-time with his mother, and visited his father on a regular basis.He said Cico was a proud father, who often taped to his apartment door pictures drawn by the boy.“He would have several drawings outside on his door, and that’s not allowed,” Vujcic said. “Nobody complained — neighbours, management, the superintendent, nobody — because he was a good father and Simon was a great child.”Vujcic said he never noticed any signs that Cico was in distress, adding that he is still shocked that his friend could be capable of harming the child.“I will blame myself for the rest of my life that I didn’t notice he was suicidal,” he said. “If I knew that he was suicidal, I would have stopped this.”Autopsies for the father and son are scheduled for Wednesday, police said.last_img read more

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Zachary Quinto And Alanis Morissette Partner With Kiehls For Earth Day

16 Oct 2019

first_imgIn honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America (RAA), a charity supported by Kiehl’s since its inception.Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto’s Limited Edition Ultra Facial CreamCredit/Copyright: Kiehl’sThis not-for-profit organization is dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States. Extending outside Kiehl’s hometown, through “Kiehl’s Gives” initiatives to date, the brand has raised over $2,000,000 for environmental issues worldwide.To commemorate the philanthropic success of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series by “Friends of Kiehl’ s,” 100% of net proceeds from the fifth Earth Day campaign will benefit Recycle Across America.“We’re thrilled to continue our work with Recycle Across America and its founder, Mitch Hedlund. She is a true pioneer and leader in her industry. In addition to the non-profit’s mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program, their focus on developing early habits in children to embrace recycling also echoes Kiehl’s commitment to children’s well-being, said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “With simplicity in mind, and Mitch’s guidance, last year, by redesigning our Recycling Bins, we’ve increased the number of jars recycled per month by 60%. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 900,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change.”The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream series features designs by socially conscious influencers, depicting their vision of social responsibility. 2013 partners are Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto who join previous Earth Day participants, including Adrian Grenier, Kelly Slater, Erykah Badu, Parsons The New School of Design, Julianne Moore, Jeff Koons, Pharrell Williams, Malia Jones, Michael C. Hall, Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Florence Welch, Spike Lee and Mark Ruffalo. Since the inception of Kiehl’s LE Earth Day program in 2009, Kiehl’s has raised over $500,000 for non-profit environmental organizations.Morissette not only recycles, but she actually composts at home. Her label design of two hands embracing the globe represents how each individual can make an impact on the world by recycling. Inspired by a trip to the jungles of Peru where he worked with indigenous shaman, Quinto’s abstract design features colors that represent different chakra energy of the people inhabiting the planet. Quinto selected the circular shapes, and the way they intersect, in the label to represent how each action we take is intermingled. It centers on renewal and evolution. By investing in the future of our planet, the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom are at the core of any fully realized journey in the world.“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Kiehl’s,” said Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director, Recycle Across America. “It’s wonderful to have the support of a likeminded company to raise awareness of the need for simplicity and efficiency in regards to recycling. Additionally, the brand’s longstanding history as an eco-friendly company is seen in the success of their Recycle & Be Rewarded program. We are thrilled to welcome Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto to the Recycle Across America family. With $50,000, the amount that Kiehl’s has set out to raise through the sale of this limited edition product, Recycle Across America will be able to offer 65,000 standardized recycling labels to K-12 schools in the US. In studies where school districts began using consistent labels, recycling rates increased more than 47%. We thank Kiehl’s for their support and praise them for their continued efforts to make recycling more efficient in their stores, throughout the United States.”last_img read more

first_imgIn honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America (RAA), a charity supported by Kiehl’s since its inception.Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto’s Limited Edition Ultra Facial CreamCredit/Copyright: Kiehl’sThis not-for-profit organization is dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States. Extending outside Kiehl’s hometown, through “Kiehl’s Gives” initiatives to date, the brand has raised over $2,000,000 for environmental issues worldwide.To commemorate the philanthropic success of Kiehl’s Limited Edition Label Art series by “Friends of Kiehl’ s,” 100% of net proceeds from the fifth Earth Day campaign will benefit Recycle Across America.“We’re thrilled to continue our work with Recycle Across America and its founder, Mitch Hedlund. She is a true pioneer and leader in her industry. In addition to the non-profit’s mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program, their focus on developing early habits in children to embrace recycling also echoes Kiehl’s commitment to children’s well-being, said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “With simplicity in mind, and Mitch’s guidance, last year, by redesigning our Recycling Bins, we’ve increased the number of jars recycled per month by 60%. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 900,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change.”The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream series features designs by socially conscious influencers, depicting their vision of social responsibility. 2013 partners are Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto who join previous Earth Day participants, including Adrian Grenier, Kelly Slater, Erykah Badu, Parsons The New School of Design, Julianne Moore, Jeff Koons, Pharrell Williams, Malia Jones, Michael C. Hall, Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Florence Welch, Spike Lee and Mark Ruffalo. Since the inception of Kiehl’s LE Earth Day program in 2009, Kiehl’s has raised over $500,000 for non-profit environmental organizations.Morissette not only recycles, but she actually composts at home. Her label design of two hands embracing the globe represents how each individual can make an impact on the world by recycling. Inspired by a trip to the jungles of Peru where he worked with indigenous shaman, Quinto’s abstract design features colors that represent different chakra energy of the people inhabiting the planet. Quinto selected the circular shapes, and the way they intersect, in the label to represent how each action we take is intermingled. It centers on renewal and evolution. By investing in the future of our planet, the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom are at the core of any fully realized journey in the world.“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Kiehl’s,” said Mitch Hedlund, Executive Director, Recycle Across America. “It’s wonderful to have the support of a likeminded company to raise awareness of the need for simplicity and efficiency in regards to recycling. Additionally, the brand’s longstanding history as an eco-friendly company is seen in the success of their Recycle & Be Rewarded program. We are thrilled to welcome Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto to the Recycle Across America family. With $50,000, the amount that Kiehl’s has set out to raise through the sale of this limited edition product, Recycle Across America will be able to offer 65,000 standardized recycling labels to K-12 schools in the US. In studies where school districts began using consistent labels, recycling rates increased more than 47%. We thank Kiehl’s for their support and praise them for their continued efforts to make recycling more efficient in their stores, throughout the United States.”last_img read more

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Indian shuttlers eye elusive medal at Sudirman Cup

12 Oct 2019

first_imgNanning (China): India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway here Sunday. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma. India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the next day. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles. In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Soniia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage. But the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles. At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China. This time too China boosts of formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles. Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.last_img read more

first_imgNanning (China): India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway here Sunday. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma. India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the next day. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles. In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Soniia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage. But the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty, while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles. At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China. This time too China boosts of formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles. Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.last_img read more

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US Aid For Southern Provinces Has Clear Bipartisan Support At Congress:…

12 Oct 2019

Washington – The unequivocal strengthening of US aid for development in the southern provinces also known as “Western Sahara,” as provided for in the 2015 appropriation bill which was promulgated Tuesday by President Barack Obama, enjoys a majority bipartisan support at the US congress, Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, was quoted by MAP as saying on Thursday. The Republican and Democrat parties support this bill which shows the clear will of the US legislative institution to set up partnerships for aid to development in Morocco, including the southern provinces, said Pham.The 2015 budget clearly stipulates that the funding allocated under heading III of the US appropriation bill will be made available as part of the aid meant for the southern provinces. The US expert added that the Congress asked the executive branch to inform it about the implementation of the aid to development for the southern provinces, as part of an approach aimed at carrying out its will. read more

Washington – The unequivocal strengthening of US aid for development in the southern provinces also known as “Western Sahara,” as provided for in the 2015 appropriation bill which was promulgated Tuesday by President Barack Obama, enjoys a majority bipartisan support at the US congress, Peter Pham, Director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, was quoted by MAP as saying on Thursday. The Republican and Democrat parties support this bill which shows the clear will of the US legislative institution to set up partnerships for aid to development in Morocco, including the southern provinces, said Pham.The 2015 budget clearly stipulates that the funding allocated under heading III of the US appropriation bill will be made available as part of the aid meant for the southern provinces. The US expert added that the Congress asked the executive branch to inform it about the implementation of the aid to development for the southern provinces, as part of an approach aimed at carrying out its will. read more

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Financial market highlights on Friday SPTSX 1518313 down 8151

08 Oct 2019

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,183.13, down 81.51 pointsDow — 21,580.07, down 31.71 pointsS&P 500– 2,472.54, down 0.91 of a pointNasdaq — 6,387.75, down 2.25 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, up 0.23 of a centPound — C$1.6298, down 0.27 of a centEuro — C$1.4632, up 0.28 of a centEuro — US$1.1660, up 0.56 of a centOil futures:US$45.77, down $1.15(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,254.90 per oz., up $9.40(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $21.382 per oz., $687.43 per kg.)

Highlights at the close Friday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,183.13, down 81.51 pointsDow — 21,580.07, down 31.71 pointsS&P 500– 2,472.54, down 0.91 of a pointNasdaq — 6,387.75, down 2.25 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 79.69 cents US, up 0.23 of a centPound — C$1.6298, down 0.27 of a centEuro — C$1.4632, up 0.28 of a centEuro — US$1.1660, up 0.56 of a centOil futures:US$45.77, down $1.15(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,254.90 per oz., up $9.40(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:Daily quote unavailable from source; office closed on Fridays(Thursday: $21.382 per oz., $687.43 per kg.)

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Hundreds of exchild soldiers begin rehabilitation in Rwanda UNICEF

06 Oct 2019

Most of the children claim to have been forcibly recruited and trained in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said in a statement. In late May, clashes erupted in northwestern Rwanda between the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and “infiltrators” from the DRC. After two weeks of conflict, the RPA gained control over most of the area, periodically capturing opposing fighters. Of the approximately 1,000 combatants taken into custody through early August, several hundred were children, according to the UN agency. Initially kept under the custody of military authorities, the children – ranging in age from 10 to 18 years – were soon transferred to a “solidarity” camp in Mudende (Gisenyi Prefecture) set up by the civilian authorities to re-educate those who had been captured or who had surrendered. To help care for the children, UNICEF provided health supplies, water, sanitation facilities and basic survival items including mattresses, blankets and bed sheets. “By early August, nearly 300 children had been taken into custody, at a rate of about 50 children per week,” said Gerry Dyer, UNICEF’s Chief Programme Officer in Rwanda. “Approximately 85 per cent of the children are Rwandan, the rest Congolese.” The children were transferred to the Gitagata rehabilitation centre outside Kigali over the past several days. “We are attempting to locate their families and prepare them for eventual re-integration into their communities,” Dyer said. With the children now in rehabilitation, UNICEF is focusing on tracing and family reunification, food and nutrition concerns, and non-formal education and psycho-social support. “We don’t believe the children should stay in Gitagata for more than six months,” UNICEF’s Dyer said. “While we try to locate their families, all possible measures are being taken to provide them with the care and protection they deserve – both now and later, when they return home. That’s their right.” read more

Most of the children claim to have been forcibly recruited and trained in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said in a statement. In late May, clashes erupted in northwestern Rwanda between the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) and “infiltrators” from the DRC. After two weeks of conflict, the RPA gained control over most of the area, periodically capturing opposing fighters. Of the approximately 1,000 combatants taken into custody through early August, several hundred were children, according to the UN agency. Initially kept under the custody of military authorities, the children – ranging in age from 10 to 18 years – were soon transferred to a “solidarity” camp in Mudende (Gisenyi Prefecture) set up by the civilian authorities to re-educate those who had been captured or who had surrendered. To help care for the children, UNICEF provided health supplies, water, sanitation facilities and basic survival items including mattresses, blankets and bed sheets. “By early August, nearly 300 children had been taken into custody, at a rate of about 50 children per week,” said Gerry Dyer, UNICEF’s Chief Programme Officer in Rwanda. “Approximately 85 per cent of the children are Rwandan, the rest Congolese.” The children were transferred to the Gitagata rehabilitation centre outside Kigali over the past several days. “We are attempting to locate their families and prepare them for eventual re-integration into their communities,” Dyer said. With the children now in rehabilitation, UNICEF is focusing on tracing and family reunification, food and nutrition concerns, and non-formal education and psycho-social support. “We don’t believe the children should stay in Gitagata for more than six months,” UNICEF’s Dyer said. “While we try to locate their families, all possible measures are being taken to provide them with the care and protection they deserve – both now and later, when they return home. That’s their right.” read more

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Sudan UN envoy warns that fresh fighting imperils Darfur peace talks

06 Oct 2019

Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, said in a statement that the latest series of violent clashes breached both the agreed ceasefire and promises by both sides on humanitarian and security issues.Negotiations sponsored by the African Union (AU) are due to resume tomorrow in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, in a bid to stop the 22-month conflict between Khartoum and two Darfur rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Mr. Pronk said he was especially concerned that Sudanese military forces had moved to clear what he called “lawless elements” from the roads around El Fasher, the provincial capital of North Darfur, without following recommendations from the UN and the AU to make sure their actions complied with earlier agreements signed by Khartoum.The envoy said the military action led to a fresh eruption of fighting yesterday, when Government forces clashed with members of the SLM/A in the town of Thabit, about 50 kilometres southwest of El Fasher.The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said there were unconfirmed reports that Government helicopter gunships had bombed the area, as well as a separate village located 70 kilometres southeast of El Fasher. There is no information yet on the number of casualties.AU ceasefire monitors also told UNAMIS that there has been renewed fighting between Government forces and members of both the SLA and JEM in South Darfur, about 50 kilometres southeast of the provincial capital Nyala.The recent escalation of fighting prompted Secretary-General Kofi Annan to warn in his latest report on Darfur that chaos was looming as order is collapsing there. The conflict began in February 2003 when rebels took up arms in a protest over the distribution of economic resources in an impoverished region the size of France.More than 1.8 million people have been displaced by the conflict or forced to live as refugees in neighbouring Chad, and a commission of inquiry sponsored by the UN is investigating whether genocide has occurred there.Mr. Pronk said he hoped the talks starting tomorrow will produce a declaration of principles between the Government and the rebels that will allow them to start full political negotiations. read more

Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, said in a statement that the latest series of violent clashes breached both the agreed ceasefire and promises by both sides on humanitarian and security issues.Negotiations sponsored by the African Union (AU) are due to resume tomorrow in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, in a bid to stop the 22-month conflict between Khartoum and two Darfur rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Mr. Pronk said he was especially concerned that Sudanese military forces had moved to clear what he called “lawless elements” from the roads around El Fasher, the provincial capital of North Darfur, without following recommendations from the UN and the AU to make sure their actions complied with earlier agreements signed by Khartoum.The envoy said the military action led to a fresh eruption of fighting yesterday, when Government forces clashed with members of the SLM/A in the town of Thabit, about 50 kilometres southwest of El Fasher.The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said there were unconfirmed reports that Government helicopter gunships had bombed the area, as well as a separate village located 70 kilometres southeast of El Fasher. There is no information yet on the number of casualties.AU ceasefire monitors also told UNAMIS that there has been renewed fighting between Government forces and members of both the SLA and JEM in South Darfur, about 50 kilometres southeast of the provincial capital Nyala.The recent escalation of fighting prompted Secretary-General Kofi Annan to warn in his latest report on Darfur that chaos was looming as order is collapsing there. The conflict began in February 2003 when rebels took up arms in a protest over the distribution of economic resources in an impoverished region the size of France.More than 1.8 million people have been displaced by the conflict or forced to live as refugees in neighbouring Chad, and a commission of inquiry sponsored by the UN is investigating whether genocide has occurred there.Mr. Pronk said he hoped the talks starting tomorrow will produce a declaration of principles between the Government and the rebels that will allow them to start full political negotiations. read more

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UN rights expert condemns Belarusian Government for abuses ahead of elections

06 Oct 2019

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, expressed his “deepest concern” over the detention and beating of presidential candidate Alexander Kazulin, the imprisonment of Vincuk Viachorka, aide of presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich, and numerous cases of arrest, trial and ill-treatment of independent political activists.In a statement released in Geneva, Mr. Severin also mentioned the persecution of Belarusian and foreign journalists, particularly those beaten and detained while trying to monitor Mr. Kazulin’s arrest, and the crackdown on independent newspapers, particularly Tovarishch, Narodnaya Volya, Deolvaya Gazeta and Zgoda.The expert also urged the Belarusian Government to promptly stop its “campaign of aggression” against human rights defenders, particularly the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and its members.The Committee, already the object of numerous acts of intimidation in the past months, has now been sentenced for tax evasion for having launched an election monitoring project financed by the European Union under a bilateral agreement explicitly granting tax exemption. Committee leaders are facing criminal charges that carry jail terms of five to seven years and confiscation of family property.The Special Rapporteur called on the Government of Belarus to “immediately cease all actions aimed at intimidating opponents, journalists and human rights defenders and jeopardizing the free and fair running of the electoral campaign.”He urged the Government of Belarus to “release immediately and unconditionally all political opponents, to bring all violations of freedom of expression and of the right of peaceful assembly to an immediate end, and to ensure that the elections are held in full compliance with international standards.” Special Rapporteurs, who are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, receive their mandates from the UN Commission on Human Rights. read more

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Adrian Severin, expressed his “deepest concern” over the detention and beating of presidential candidate Alexander Kazulin, the imprisonment of Vincuk Viachorka, aide of presidential candidate Alexander Milinkevich, and numerous cases of arrest, trial and ill-treatment of independent political activists.In a statement released in Geneva, Mr. Severin also mentioned the persecution of Belarusian and foreign journalists, particularly those beaten and detained while trying to monitor Mr. Kazulin’s arrest, and the crackdown on independent newspapers, particularly Tovarishch, Narodnaya Volya, Deolvaya Gazeta and Zgoda.The expert also urged the Belarusian Government to promptly stop its “campaign of aggression” against human rights defenders, particularly the Belarusian Helsinki Committee and its members.The Committee, already the object of numerous acts of intimidation in the past months, has now been sentenced for tax evasion for having launched an election monitoring project financed by the European Union under a bilateral agreement explicitly granting tax exemption. Committee leaders are facing criminal charges that carry jail terms of five to seven years and confiscation of family property.The Special Rapporteur called on the Government of Belarus to “immediately cease all actions aimed at intimidating opponents, journalists and human rights defenders and jeopardizing the free and fair running of the electoral campaign.”He urged the Government of Belarus to “release immediately and unconditionally all political opponents, to bring all violations of freedom of expression and of the right of peaceful assembly to an immediate end, and to ensure that the elections are held in full compliance with international standards.” Special Rapporteurs, who are unpaid and serve in a personal capacity, receive their mandates from the UN Commission on Human Rights. read more

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UN chief condemns violence in Central African Republic capital Bangui

02 Oct 2019

“There is no justification for incitement to violence or hate speech,” said the Secretary-General in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.At least 22 people have been killed and over 100 injured in clashes, which erupted following the arrest of a member of a criminal group by CAR’s security forces.In the ensuing violence, a church was attacked and a pastor killed. Two members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, were also wounded – one seriously – when they were pelted with stones by a crowd.In the statement, the UN chief also called on the national authorities to investigate the attacks and promptly bring those responsible to justice.He reaffirmed his support to the country and to MINUSCA’s role to protect civilians and stabilize the country.The CAR has been plagued by decades of instability and fighting involving clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia, which plunged the country into civil conflict in 2012.A peace agreement was reached in January 2013, but rebels seized the capital, Bangui, in March of that year, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the CAR and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized the deployment of  MINUSCA in 2014 with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.A transitional government has since been established and entrusted with restoring peace. The conflict, however, has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as the anti-Balaka movement has taken up arms and inter-communal clashes have erupted sporadically in and around Bangui and elsewhere in the country. read more

“There is no justification for incitement to violence or hate speech,” said the Secretary-General in a statement attributable to his spokesperson.At least 22 people have been killed and over 100 injured in clashes, which erupted following the arrest of a member of a criminal group by CAR’s security forces.In the ensuing violence, a church was attacked and a pastor killed. Two members of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, were also wounded – one seriously – when they were pelted with stones by a crowd.In the statement, the UN chief also called on the national authorities to investigate the attacks and promptly bring those responsible to justice.He reaffirmed his support to the country and to MINUSCA’s role to protect civilians and stabilize the country.The CAR has been plagued by decades of instability and fighting involving clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia, which plunged the country into civil conflict in 2012.A peace agreement was reached in January 2013, but rebels seized the capital, Bangui, in March of that year, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.Concerned with the security, humanitarian, human rights and political crisis in the CAR and its regional implications, the Security Council authorized the deployment of  MINUSCA in 2014 with the protection of civilians as its utmost priority.A transitional government has since been established and entrusted with restoring peace. The conflict, however, has taken on increasingly sectarian overtones as the anti-Balaka movement has taken up arms and inter-communal clashes have erupted sporadically in and around Bangui and elsewhere in the country. read more

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Police charge Kentucky teacher with sodomy of female student

02 Oct 2019

But the charge against him relates to his time in the Henderson County School District last year. A 16-year-old student told police they had consexual sexual relations. She said Harvey would move a cabinet to block school security cameras. She said Harvey also messaged her on Snapchat and flirted with her at school.Harvey denied having sexual contact with her.A Daviess County schools official says the accusations don’t involve Daviess students. HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky teacher has been charged with sodomy, accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl in a public school classroom.News outlets report 27-year-old Evan M. Harvey was suspended from being a teacher and football coach in the Daviess County school district after police charged him with third-degree sodomy Thursday.- Advertisement – read more

But the charge against him relates to his time in the Henderson County School District last year. A 16-year-old student told police they had consexual sexual relations. She said Harvey would move a cabinet to block school security cameras. She said Harvey also messaged her on Snapchat and flirted with her at school.Harvey denied having sexual contact with her.A Daviess County schools official says the accusations don’t involve Daviess students. HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky teacher has been charged with sodomy, accused of repeatedly engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl in a public school classroom.News outlets report 27-year-old Evan M. Harvey was suspended from being a teacher and football coach in the Daviess County school district after police charged him with third-degree sodomy Thursday.- Advertisement – read more

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Child worried that Santa wouldnt find him because he was in emergency

22 Sep 2019

first_imgUpdated 10.50pmCHILDREN’S CHARITY BARNARDOS today highlighted the conditions that families are forced to live in because of the shortage of suitable housing.Over 1,350 parents and children don’t have a home of their own in Dublin and Barnardos are warning that thousands of children will be forced into homelessness unless we see a dramatic change.CEO of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said, “Children are witnessing violence and drug use in some of these places.“They’re scared because they’re living in cramped conditions surrounded by adults they don’t know.”One 9-year-old child described his experience as scary:I had to move school. I miss my old friends. I don’t like where I am. It’s scary. It’s not fun and I can’t play outside. I want to go home.FearFergus Finlay said that children are living in overcrowded places where parents have no access to cooking or washing facilities and children have nowhere to play, inside or out.He said the most important thing in a child life is stability and these children are not getting that.The housing crisis is forcing families into homelessness with children growing up in fear, uncertainty and isolation.It was also pointed out that these conditions create huge social problems for the children and that homelessness, crime and prison could be their future unless something is done.Barnardos’ Project Leader, Emma Jane Nulty, explained that children are living in crisis and that it is now becoming their norm. She said this will have a huge impact on their wellbeing.She explained how one child was worried because he believed Christmas wasn’t going to happen for him as he was living in temporary accommodation. He told her that he didn’t think that Santa would find him.School lifeNulty said that “when families become homeless there’s no time for planning and there’s no time to prepare children”.People are left with the clothes on their back and maybe a uniform for the children.During a press conference today, it was also pointed out that children are turning up to school hungry, wet and cold.Some children commute up to two hours each way to get to school while living in temporary accommodation and in some cases that includes a 30-minute walk.Action Barnardos is calling on the Government to act quickly to address the issue of rising rents, discrimination in the private rental sector, inappropriateness of emergency accommodation and the serious lack of social housing.Finlay said:The lack of investment in social housing in recent years, cuts to rent supplement and the rising cost of renting in the private market are creating a perfect storm for homelessness.“We should have been able to predict and prevent this, indeed plenty of people have been shouting about it for a long time. It’s about time Government started really listening.”Barnardos says that recent Government announcements of increased investment in social housing were welcome but that other measures, including “expediting the roll out of the Housing Assistance Payment and improving family friendly emergency accommodation must be looked at urgently”.He added:While there has been some movement by the Government to address the housing crisis, the situation we’re seeing now has been created by ongoing cuts to services and supports for the most vulnerable.“If we’re going to reverse the impact of the last few years, we need proper investment in housing services across the board and we need it now.”- First published 5pmRead: Peter McVerry Trust says there’s been an increase in the number of homeless families>Read: UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day>Read: “End rent allowance discrimination”: Families to protest over homelessness in Dublin>last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 10.50pmCHILDREN’S CHARITY BARNARDOS today highlighted the conditions that families are forced to live in because of the shortage of suitable housing.Over 1,350 parents and children don’t have a home of their own in Dublin and Barnardos are warning that thousands of children will be forced into homelessness unless we see a dramatic change.CEO of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said, “Children are witnessing violence and drug use in some of these places.“They’re scared because they’re living in cramped conditions surrounded by adults they don’t know.”One 9-year-old child described his experience as scary:I had to move school. I miss my old friends. I don’t like where I am. It’s scary. It’s not fun and I can’t play outside. I want to go home.FearFergus Finlay said that children are living in overcrowded places where parents have no access to cooking or washing facilities and children have nowhere to play, inside or out.He said the most important thing in a child life is stability and these children are not getting that.The housing crisis is forcing families into homelessness with children growing up in fear, uncertainty and isolation.It was also pointed out that these conditions create huge social problems for the children and that homelessness, crime and prison could be their future unless something is done.Barnardos’ Project Leader, Emma Jane Nulty, explained that children are living in crisis and that it is now becoming their norm. She said this will have a huge impact on their wellbeing.She explained how one child was worried because he believed Christmas wasn’t going to happen for him as he was living in temporary accommodation. He told her that he didn’t think that Santa would find him.School lifeNulty said that “when families become homeless there’s no time for planning and there’s no time to prepare children”.People are left with the clothes on their back and maybe a uniform for the children.During a press conference today, it was also pointed out that children are turning up to school hungry, wet and cold.Some children commute up to two hours each way to get to school while living in temporary accommodation and in some cases that includes a 30-minute walk.Action Barnardos is calling on the Government to act quickly to address the issue of rising rents, discrimination in the private rental sector, inappropriateness of emergency accommodation and the serious lack of social housing.Finlay said:The lack of investment in social housing in recent years, cuts to rent supplement and the rising cost of renting in the private market are creating a perfect storm for homelessness.“We should have been able to predict and prevent this, indeed plenty of people have been shouting about it for a long time. It’s about time Government started really listening.”Barnardos says that recent Government announcements of increased investment in social housing were welcome but that other measures, including “expediting the roll out of the Housing Assistance Payment and improving family friendly emergency accommodation must be looked at urgently”.He added:While there has been some movement by the Government to address the housing crisis, the situation we’re seeing now has been created by ongoing cuts to services and supports for the most vulnerable.“If we’re going to reverse the impact of the last few years, we need proper investment in housing services across the board and we need it now.”- First published 5pmRead: Peter McVerry Trust says there’s been an increase in the number of homeless families>Read: UN committee meets in Dublin to plan Eradication of Poverty day>Read: “End rent allowance discrimination”: Families to protest over homelessness in Dublin>last_img read more

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Holiday Closures Veterans Day

19 Sep 2019

first_imgWhat’s open and closed Friday for Veterans Day:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, pickups normally done Friday will be made Monday.• MAIL: No home delivery Saturday except Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library open; Camas Public Library closed.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet buses follow regular schedules. C-Tran administrative offices closed Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 11, C-Tran is free to all riders.• GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Friday.• BANKS: Some will be closed. Check your bank for details.• U.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS: Open.• DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland is open.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open. Circulation customer service, 360-694-2312, is open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgWhat’s open and closed Friday for Veterans Day:• GARBAGE: Waste Connections will operate on its regular schedule. In Camas, pickups normally done Friday will be made Monday.• MAIL: No home delivery Saturday except Express Mail. Post offices closed. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed.• COLLEGES: No classes at Clark College or Washington State University Vancouver.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library open; Camas Public Library closed.• BUSES: C-Tran and TriMet buses follow regular schedules. C-Tran administrative offices closed Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 11, C-Tran is free to all riders.• GOVERNMENT: Offices closed.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Friday.• BANKS: Some will be closed. Check your bank for details.• U.S. FINANCIAL MARKETS: Open.• DRIVER LICENSING: Closed.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo in Portland is open.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open. Circulation customer service, 360-694-2312, is open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

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One hurt in crash near auto wrecker on Fourth Plain

19 Sep 2019

first_imgA driver was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after going off Fourth Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver and rolling into an auto wrecking company’s lot Monday night.The crash was reported around 8:20 p.m., near auto wrecking business All American Classics, 15209 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Vancouver police Sgt. Pat Johns said a man driving a Jeep Wrangler was heading west on Fourth Plain when, according to witnesses, he went off the roadway.The Jeep crossed over every lane, then rolled over rolled into the wrecking yard after hitting the ditch beside the roadway.The driver was hospitalized with critical and life-threatening injuries, Johns said.Johns said the Jeep didn’t hit the business, but debris from the crash broke windows.Traffic on Fourth Plain was blocked for a time, and the department’s traffic unit was investigating the crash, he said.last_img read more

first_imgA driver was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after going off Fourth Plain Boulevard in east Vancouver and rolling into an auto wrecking company’s lot Monday night.The crash was reported around 8:20 p.m., near auto wrecking business All American Classics, 15209 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Vancouver police Sgt. Pat Johns said a man driving a Jeep Wrangler was heading west on Fourth Plain when, according to witnesses, he went off the roadway.The Jeep crossed over every lane, then rolled over rolled into the wrecking yard after hitting the ditch beside the roadway.The driver was hospitalized with critical and life-threatening injuries, Johns said.Johns said the Jeep didn’t hit the business, but debris from the crash broke windows.Traffic on Fourth Plain was blocked for a time, and the department’s traffic unit was investigating the crash, he said.last_img read more

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Integrity Commission says no comment concerning investigation of a sitting Minister

17 Sep 2019

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: A starkly different stance for the Commission which previously issued, albeit, brief media statements on their work according to complaints filed or allegations made related to integrity in public life. Media statements and confirmations came in the probe of Athenee Harvey, Permanent Secretary Finance; runaway former Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters; when it was ASP Rodney Adams and in the case of the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams….but no more, actions are changed, less transparent it appears. The investigation involving Minister Amanda Missick, incumbent for Richmond Hills and Cheshire Hall “allegedly” started this week; even as the Infrastructure and Housing Minister braces for the General Election now 38 days away.center_img Magnetic Media is told the report against Minister Missick is related to her transport portfolio. Providenciales, TCI, October 28, 2016 – It is known in many quarters that a formal investigation of a sitting Government Minister is underway for alleged misdealings within her ministry, but the Integrity Commission today told Magnetic Media it has no comment on the matter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: A starkly different stance for the Commission which previously issued, albeit, brief media statements on their work according to complaints filed or allegations made related to integrity in public life. Media statements and confirmations came in the probe of Athenee Harvey, Permanent Secretary Finance; runaway former Director of Public Prosecutions, John Masters; when it was ASP Rodney Adams and in the case of the Deputy Governor, Anya Williams….but no more, actions are changed, less transparent it appears. The investigation involving Minister Amanda Missick, incumbent for Richmond Hills and Cheshire Hall “allegedly” started this week; even as the Infrastructure and Housing Minister braces for the General Election now 38 days away.center_img Magnetic Media is told the report against Minister Missick is related to her transport portfolio. Providenciales, TCI, October 28, 2016 – It is known in many quarters that a formal investigation of a sitting Government Minister is underway for alleged misdealings within her ministry, but the Integrity Commission today told Magnetic Media it has no comment on the matter. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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States rescind sturgeon retention season

16 Sep 2019

first_imgSturgeon retention in the lower Columbia River will not resume on Oct. 20, Washington and Oregon fishery officials decided Tuesday.Retention of sturgeon between the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet and Bonneville Dam was scheduled to be open Thursdays through Saturdays from Oct. 20 to the end of the year.But only 87 sturgeon remain on the allocation, said biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Anglers were projected to retain about 200 sturgeon in the January-July portion of the season, she said. Instead, they kept 1,860 sturgeon from 23,000 fishing trips.Ehlke said retention could be open three days per week in December with an estimated 1,400 angler trips and retention of 22 sturgeon.Guy Norman, regional director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said both sport and commercial fishermen in the lower Columbia will end the season a bit short their sturgeon allocations.“With only 87 left, I have no interest in pushing the envelope,” Norman said. “Coming within 87 fish is close enough for me.”Steve Williams, an assistant administrator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said rescinding the final portion of the season will disappoint some anglers in the area just downstream of Bonneville Dam.“I wish we had more to work with, but we don’t,” Williams said.Given the weather conditions in the Columbia Gorge in December, sturgeon fishing then is not much of an opportunity, he added.Estuary-Willamette — Sturgeon retention in the estuary went 9 percent over its allocation of 4,160 fish. That overage was covered with the balance remaining on the lower Willamette River allocation.The estuary season closed on July 5. The lower Willamette was open just two days, Feb. 18-19.Commercial seasons —The gillnetters will fish five nights between Thursday and Oct. 14 to target on chinook with 8-inch-mesh nets. The net armada also will fish from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 with 6-inch-mesh to target on late coho headed for the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers.last_img read more

first_imgSturgeon retention in the lower Columbia River will not resume on Oct. 20, Washington and Oregon fishery officials decided Tuesday.Retention of sturgeon between the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet and Bonneville Dam was scheduled to be open Thursdays through Saturdays from Oct. 20 to the end of the year.But only 87 sturgeon remain on the allocation, said biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Anglers were projected to retain about 200 sturgeon in the January-July portion of the season, she said. Instead, they kept 1,860 sturgeon from 23,000 fishing trips.Ehlke said retention could be open three days per week in December with an estimated 1,400 angler trips and retention of 22 sturgeon.Guy Norman, regional director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said both sport and commercial fishermen in the lower Columbia will end the season a bit short their sturgeon allocations.“With only 87 left, I have no interest in pushing the envelope,” Norman said. “Coming within 87 fish is close enough for me.”Steve Williams, an assistant administrator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said rescinding the final portion of the season will disappoint some anglers in the area just downstream of Bonneville Dam.“I wish we had more to work with, but we don’t,” Williams said.Given the weather conditions in the Columbia Gorge in December, sturgeon fishing then is not much of an opportunity, he added.Estuary-Willamette — Sturgeon retention in the estuary went 9 percent over its allocation of 4,160 fish. That overage was covered with the balance remaining on the lower Willamette River allocation.The estuary season closed on July 5. The lower Willamette was open just two days, Feb. 18-19.Commercial seasons —The gillnetters will fish five nights between Thursday and Oct. 14 to target on chinook with 8-inch-mesh nets. The net armada also will fish from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 with 6-inch-mesh to target on late coho headed for the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers.last_img read more

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BNP Paribas supports staff in Nine Peaks Challenge

15 Sep 2019

first_imgEmployees at BNP Paribas Real Estate will take on the Nine Peaks Challenge in September to help raise £30,000 for the organisation’s charity partner, the Alzheimer’s Society.The team of 20 employees from across the business will scale the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in less than 72 hours between 15 and 17 September.This challenge is an upgrade from last year’s event, which saw employees tackle the Five Peaks Challenge in less than 48 hours, raising £29,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.In preparation for the event, employees have embarked on a four-month training schedule. Other planned fundraising activities include a quiz night, football tournament and auction.Mark England, chief operating officer at BNP Paribas Real Estate, said: “As if scaling five peaks in 48 hours wasn’t enough, this year we have decided to push ourselves even further in support of a great organisation. It will undoubtedly be a challenge undertaken by very few, however, we have support from across the [organisation] and are confident that we can exceed last year’s fundraising total.”Gaynor Gillespie, HR director at BNP Paribas Real Estate, added: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our people to work as a high-performing team in more ways than one. It shows real ambition from the team involved and takes commitment to training and preparation in these coming weeks. We were oversubscribed by willing volunteers wanting the chance to raise money and awareness about the invaluable work of the Alzheimer’s Society by undertaking this immense challenge.“For those taking part, it will be a serious exercise in team-building, resilience, and working together to achieve a common goal; they are all going to be brilliant.”last_img read more

first_imgEmployees at BNP Paribas Real Estate will take on the Nine Peaks Challenge in September to help raise £30,000 for the organisation’s charity partner, the Alzheimer’s Society.The team of 20 employees from across the business will scale the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland in less than 72 hours between 15 and 17 September.This challenge is an upgrade from last year’s event, which saw employees tackle the Five Peaks Challenge in less than 48 hours, raising £29,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.In preparation for the event, employees have embarked on a four-month training schedule. Other planned fundraising activities include a quiz night, football tournament and auction.Mark England, chief operating officer at BNP Paribas Real Estate, said: “As if scaling five peaks in 48 hours wasn’t enough, this year we have decided to push ourselves even further in support of a great organisation. It will undoubtedly be a challenge undertaken by very few, however, we have support from across the [organisation] and are confident that we can exceed last year’s fundraising total.”Gaynor Gillespie, HR director at BNP Paribas Real Estate, added: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our people to work as a high-performing team in more ways than one. It shows real ambition from the team involved and takes commitment to training and preparation in these coming weeks. We were oversubscribed by willing volunteers wanting the chance to raise money and awareness about the invaluable work of the Alzheimer’s Society by undertaking this immense challenge.“For those taking part, it will be a serious exercise in team-building, resilience, and working together to achieve a common goal; they are all going to be brilliant.”last_img read more

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Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will cost 1300 and start as a

10 Sep 2019

first_img Best Buy See also See It Comments Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, like all early 5G phones, isn’t a good deal just yet 5G is spotty now but will get so much better. Here’s why Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Galaxy Note 10 launching Aug. 7 at Samsung Unpacked: Rumors, leaks, design, specs, price and more Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G won’t work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s fastest 5G networks In South Korea and other markets — possibly Europe — there’ll be an option for 5G in the smaller Galaxy Note 10. But only the Plus version will come with 5G in the US. Preorders for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G start Aug. 8, and it’ll be in stores Aug. 23. The 256GB version of the phone will cost $1,300 — the same amount as the Galaxy 10 5G. Higgins said Verizon won’t be dropping the price for the three-month-old 5G phone.If you’re on a payment plan, the Note 10 5G will cost $37 for 36 months or $55 for 24 months at Verizon. A 512GB model will retail for $1,4000, or $39 for 36 months or $59 for 24 months.  Verizon Wireless See it $999 $799 Tags “We’ve been working with [Samsung] for the better part of a year for roadmap and planning on this device,” Higgins said. AT&T and T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G later this year with a new modem, the Qualcomm X55. The Verizon version uses the older X50, which accesses the super-fast millimeter wave network but not the broader low-band, sub-6Ghz networks favored by AT&T and T-Mobile. Sprint also will carry the Note 10 Plus 5G but wouldn’t say which modem it’ll use. Millimeter wave is capable of high speeds, but it doesn’t travel long distances and is easily blocked by buildings and trees. It’ll largely be available in cities like Chicago, and it’s the network first rolled out by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The sub-6Ghz technology isn’t nearly as fast, but it’s more stable and can travel longer distances. AT&T and T-Mobile have been waiting for a phone to work on their sub-6Ghz networks before they turn them on. It appears the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will be that device. Most X55-powered phones will hit the market in 2020, Qualcomm has said. Both AT&T and T-Mobile plan to have nationwide 5G coverage next year because of sub-6Ghz. “This is an aggressive timeline that follows our recent network progress, allowing 5G capable smartphones to be able to access our broad 5G network that we plan to make available starting this year and nationwide in the first half of 2020,” AT&T said in a press release. But the AT&T and T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G comes with some big limitations. The phone will only be able to access their sub-6Ghz networks, not their millimeter wave services. That means coverage will be more steady, but the devices likely won’t see the big speeds found in early speed tests.Fixing overheatingThe Galaxy S10 5G phone had issues with overheating, but Samsung said it’s included an improved vapor chamber, with about a gram of water, in the Note 10 Plus 5G to stop the device from getting too hot (it’s designed to keep the Note cool during gaming but also should help when accessing 5G, Samsung said). And Samsung has tweaked the software in its phones to improve energy consumption. That’s something it’ll also improve in the Galaxy S10 5G.  “The algorithms for thermal management are always continually improving,” said Suzanne de Silva, director of product management for Samsung Electronics America. She added that the company has been working with network and chip partners to optimize the devices for 5G.  Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt Samsung Galaxy Note 9 In the US, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with the option for 5G connectivity.  Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung’s second 5G phone, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, has arrived. Like the first device, the Galaxy S10 5G, it’s launching exclusively on Verizon’s network in the US before heading to other carriers. Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, the 5G version of the Note 10 is simply a Plus model with an extra cellular chip, not a supercharged phone.Notably, the version coming to AT&T and T-Mobile will have Qualcomm’s newest 5G modem, which can tap into more 5G bands. The Galaxy S10 5G, which hit the market in mid-May, was essentially the Galaxy S10 Plus on steroids. It had an extra camera lens on the back, a bigger battery and other features that made it the highest-end phone available from Samsung in the first half of the year.Aside from price — $1,300 for 5G versus $1,099 for the Note 10 Plus — the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G has only one major difference from its 4G sibling: It weighs about 2 grams more because of the extra components inside. Like the 4G variant, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G sports a 6.8-inch screen and comes in three colors: aura glow (a sort of iridescent silvery color), aura white and aura black. 5G is touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed and coverage of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical 4G cellular connection today. And latency, the amount of time between when your phone pings the network and when it responds, is faster than what Wi-Fi provides.Different flavors of 5GVerizon will exclusively carry the 5G phone for a period of time before other carriers will offer the Note 10 Plus 5G. For the Galaxy S10 5G, that exclusivity period lasted a month, and Brian Higgins, Verizon vice president of product and device marketing, said the Note 10 Plus 5G’s exclusivity will last “at least as long.” News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 Share your voice 62 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 5G AT&T LG Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon See It Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far Samsung Event Sprint $799 See It 3 Phones Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) $999last_img read more

first_img Best Buy See also See It Comments Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, like all early 5G phones, isn’t a good deal just yet 5G is spotty now but will get so much better. Here’s why Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Galaxy Note 10 launching Aug. 7 at Samsung Unpacked: Rumors, leaks, design, specs, price and more Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G won’t work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s fastest 5G networks In South Korea and other markets — possibly Europe — there’ll be an option for 5G in the smaller Galaxy Note 10. But only the Plus version will come with 5G in the US. Preorders for the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G start Aug. 8, and it’ll be in stores Aug. 23. The 256GB version of the phone will cost $1,300 — the same amount as the Galaxy 10 5G. Higgins said Verizon won’t be dropping the price for the three-month-old 5G phone.If you’re on a payment plan, the Note 10 5G will cost $37 for 36 months or $55 for 24 months at Verizon. A 512GB model will retail for $1,4000, or $39 for 36 months or $59 for 24 months.  Verizon Wireless See it $999 $799 Tags “We’ve been working with [Samsung] for the better part of a year for roadmap and planning on this device,” Higgins said. AT&T and T-Mobile will offer the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G later this year with a new modem, the Qualcomm X55. The Verizon version uses the older X50, which accesses the super-fast millimeter wave network but not the broader low-band, sub-6Ghz networks favored by AT&T and T-Mobile. Sprint also will carry the Note 10 Plus 5G but wouldn’t say which modem it’ll use. Millimeter wave is capable of high speeds, but it doesn’t travel long distances and is easily blocked by buildings and trees. It’ll largely be available in cities like Chicago, and it’s the network first rolled out by Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. The sub-6Ghz technology isn’t nearly as fast, but it’s more stable and can travel longer distances. AT&T and T-Mobile have been waiting for a phone to work on their sub-6Ghz networks before they turn them on. It appears the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will be that device. Most X55-powered phones will hit the market in 2020, Qualcomm has said. Both AT&T and T-Mobile plan to have nationwide 5G coverage next year because of sub-6Ghz. “This is an aggressive timeline that follows our recent network progress, allowing 5G capable smartphones to be able to access our broad 5G network that we plan to make available starting this year and nationwide in the first half of 2020,” AT&T said in a press release. But the AT&T and T-Mobile version of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G comes with some big limitations. The phone will only be able to access their sub-6Ghz networks, not their millimeter wave services. That means coverage will be more steady, but the devices likely won’t see the big speeds found in early speed tests.Fixing overheatingThe Galaxy S10 5G phone had issues with overheating, but Samsung said it’s included an improved vapor chamber, with about a gram of water, in the Note 10 Plus 5G to stop the device from getting too hot (it’s designed to keep the Note cool during gaming but also should help when accessing 5G, Samsung said). And Samsung has tweaked the software in its phones to improve energy consumption. That’s something it’ll also improve in the Galaxy S10 5G.  “The algorithms for thermal management are always continually improving,” said Suzanne de Silva, director of product management for Samsung Electronics America. She added that the company has been working with network and chip partners to optimize the devices for 5G.  Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt Samsung Galaxy Note 9 In the US, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus comes with the option for 5G connectivity.  Sarah Tew/CNET Samsung’s second 5G phone, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, has arrived. Like the first device, the Galaxy S10 5G, it’s launching exclusively on Verizon’s network in the US before heading to other carriers. Unlike the Galaxy S10 5G, the 5G version of the Note 10 is simply a Plus model with an extra cellular chip, not a supercharged phone.Notably, the version coming to AT&T and T-Mobile will have Qualcomm’s newest 5G modem, which can tap into more 5G bands. The Galaxy S10 5G, which hit the market in mid-May, was essentially the Galaxy S10 Plus on steroids. It had an extra camera lens on the back, a bigger battery and other features that made it the highest-end phone available from Samsung in the first half of the year.Aside from price — $1,300 for 5G versus $1,099 for the Note 10 Plus — the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G has only one major difference from its 4G sibling: It weighs about 2 grams more because of the extra components inside. Like the 4G variant, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G sports a 6.8-inch screen and comes in three colors: aura glow (a sort of iridescent silvery color), aura white and aura black. 5G is touted as a game-changing technology, with the ability to dramatically boost the speed and coverage of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical 4G cellular connection today. And latency, the amount of time between when your phone pings the network and when it responds, is faster than what Wi-Fi provides.Different flavors of 5GVerizon will exclusively carry the 5G phone for a period of time before other carriers will offer the Note 10 Plus 5G. For the Galaxy S10 5G, that exclusivity period lasted a month, and Brian Higgins, Verizon vice president of product and device marketing, said the Note 10 Plus 5G’s exclusivity will last “at least as long.” News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 Share your voice 62 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 5G AT&T LG Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon See It Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far Samsung Event Sprint $799 See It 3 Phones Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) $999last_img read more

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Rail link with Sylhet snapped

03 Sep 2019

first_imgThe rail communications between Sylhet and the rest of the country remained suspended since Friday morning as a cargo train derailed in Daudnagar level crossing area in Shayestaganj upazila of Habiganj district.A bogie of the Chittagong-bound cargo train from Sreemangal veered off the tracks near Shayestaganj railway junction about 10:30am, said acting station master Saiful Islam to UNB.last_img

first_imgThe rail communications between Sylhet and the rest of the country remained suspended since Friday morning as a cargo train derailed in Daudnagar level crossing area in Shayestaganj upazila of Habiganj district.A bogie of the Chittagong-bound cargo train from Sreemangal veered off the tracks near Shayestaganj railway junction about 10:30am, said acting station master Saiful Islam to UNB.last_img

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Muslim teen assaulted outside US mosque found dead in Virginia

03 Sep 2019

first_imgIsra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident released the photo on Facebook. Photo: Facebook/ Isra Chaker (Reuters)A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said.The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan.The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement.At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said.The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.At around 3:00pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said.During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist “driving suspiciously in the area” and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22.Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said.A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack.The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 per cent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month.While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump’s stunning rise in last year’s presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump’s focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain’s largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said.“She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon,” Chaker said.An online fundraiser for the girl’s family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening.Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim’s identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.last_img read more

first_imgIsra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident released the photo on Facebook. Photo: Facebook/ Isra Chaker (Reuters)A 17-year-old American Muslim girl was beaten and abducted after leaving a mosque in Virginia on Sunday by a man who police later arrested on suspicion of murder after her body was found dumped in a pond, authorities said.The attack spurred an outpouring of grief and horror in a Muslim community that has been gathering to pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque about 30 miles outside Washington in observance of the last 10 days of Ramadan.The attack happened early on Sunday after the victim and several friends walking outside the mosque got into a dispute with a motorist in the community of Sterling, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a statement.At one point, the motorist got out of his car and assaulted the girl, police said.The teen was reported missing by her friends who scattered during the attack and could not find her afterwards, touching off an hours-long search by authorities in Fairfax and Loudoun counties.At around 3:00pm, the remains of a female believed to be the teen victim were found in a pond in Sterling, police said.During the search for the missing teen, authorities stopped a motorist “driving suspiciously in the area” and arrested the driver, later identified as identified as Darwin Martinez Torres, 22.Police obtained a murder warrant that charges Torres for her death, the Fairfax County Police Department said.A police spokeswoman told reporters the attack followed some sort of dispute between the man and the girls, and authorities had not ruled out hate as a motivation for the attack.The number of anti-Muslim bias incidents in the United States jumped 57 per cent in 2016 to 2,213, up from 1,409 in 2015, the Council on American-Islamic Relations advocacy group said in a report last month.While the group had been seeing a rise in anti-Muslim incidents prior to Donald Trump’s stunning rise in last year’s presidential primaries and November election victory, it said the acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Trump’s focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.In an incident in London on Monday, a van ploughed into worshippers leaving a mosque, killing at least one person and injuring several in what Britain’s largest Muslim organisation said was a deliberate act of Islamophobia.Isra Chaker, a person who said in a Facebook post that she was close to a family friend of the victim in the Virginia incident, said the driver came out with a baseball bat and began swinging it at the girls, Chaker said.“She then went missing (presumably kidnapped/moved by the suspect) and was found dead this afternoon,” Chaker said.An online fundraiser for the girl’s family had raised $61,606 by Sunday evening.Police said a medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to confirm the victim’s identity and cause of death, though detectives believe the body found in the pond was the missing girl.last_img read more

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50 injured 2 police cars torched in BNPpolice clash

03 Sep 2019

first_imgAngry BNP leaders and activists set fire to a vehicle of police in front of BNP Naya Paltan central office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamAt least 50 people, including 23 policemen, were injured, in a clash between BNP activists and law enforcers in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office on the third day of its nomination form sale on Wednesday, reports UNB.Police lobbed teargas shells, rubber bullets and charged batons while two police cars were torched during the clash that began around 12:50pm and lasted for around 25 minutes.However, both the government and BNP blamed each other over the clash ahead of the national election billed for 30 December.BNP leaders claimed police attacked their activists without any provocation at the behest of the government while the government said the opposition activists launched the attack on law enforcers as part of their plot to foil the election and topple the government.As in the past two days, thousands of BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of their office in the morning while many others started joining them in small processions until the clash began as the party continued the sale of its nomination forms for the third consecutive day among those who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.Witnesses said everything was on the right track while police members were trying to keep vehicle movement normal on the road in front of the BNP office removing herds of party workers on it.A person receives bullets during the clash between BNP leaders and activists in in front of BNP Naya Paltan central office on Wednesday. Photo: ArifuzzamanAmid the growing crowd, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas along with his several hundred supporters marched towards their party office around 12:40pm and started staging a showdown there, bringing traffic on the road to grinding halt.Police tried to remove the BNP men from a portion of the road so that vehicles can pass through, but failed to do so.At one stage, they locked into an altercation with the BNP leaders and activists and started charging batons to maintain the law and order.BNP leaders and activists also started hurling brickbats towards the law enforcers, triggering a fierce clash between the two sides.They also engaged in chase-and-counter-chase forcing the law enforcers to lob teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the BNP activists.In response, BNP leaders and activists chased the law enforcers with sticks and brickbats and set fire to two police cars.At one stage, the law enforcers moved away from Naya Paltan area and took position in front of Bijoynagar Nightingale crossing while BNP leaders and activists in front of their office.Party senior leaders, including party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, came out on the streets asking their activists to exercise restraint and not to respond to any act of provocation.Rizvi told the party activists that their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman asked them from London to remain calm.”Police without any provocation opened fire on our brethren. They also lobbed teargas shells and charged baton on them. They attacked the peaceful gathering of our leaders and activists and created chaos,” he said.Angry BNP leaders and activists at Naya Paltan. Photo Abdus SalamThe BNP leader further said, “I think the attack was made at the dictate of the government and its head. We strongly condemn and protest such attack.”Rizvi claimed that a good number of their leaders and activists, including Dhaka University unit JCD leader Abbas, Dhaka South city unit Jubo Dal leader Mehedi, Motijheel Jubo Dal leader Moqbul, Khilgaon Swechchhasebak Dal leader Moktar Hossain, Mugda Swechchhasebak Dal leader Sumon, Kalabagan Swechchhasebak Dal leader Sumon, Mugda BNP leader Arif, Shahjahanpur Chhatra Dal leaders Mohiuddin, Hasan and Tutul, Shahbagh BNP leader Kamal, Paltan BNP leader Abdul Kader, Sabujbagh BNP leaders Munir, Saiful and Mehedi, Ramna BNP leaders Giasuddin, Ratan, Asaduzzaman, Shamshul Haque and Abdur Razzak, and Khilgaon BNP leader Moniruzzaman, were injured in the attack.Members of Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) provided medical treatment to wounded BNP leaders and activists inside the party office.Party assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu said the sale of their party’s nomination forms remained halted for two hours due to the clash. He also said over their 30 leaders and activists were injured in the clash.Home minister Asaduazzaman Khan claimed that the 23 policemen, including five officers, were injured in the attack by BNP men and they all were admitted to Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital.Visiting the injured police members at the hospital, he also said BNP in a planned way carried out the attack to foil the election. “The way they beat police it clearly indicated that they had a bad intention behind the attack on police.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir blamed police for the clash and said it will only hamper the election atmosphere.Meanwhile, Awami League alleged that BNP activists, led by party senior leader Mirza Abbas, attacked police ‘without any provocation’ in front of its Naya Paltan central office as part of the party’s ‘plot’ to foil the election and topple the government.Speaking at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office, party general secretary Obaidul Quader also said the attack on police by BNP has demonstrated that the party does not want to join the election.Additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam said the attack was carried out on police without any provocation to create an issue.Two groups of nomination seekers gathered in front of the BNP office with huge supporters and blocked the road around 1:15pm, he said.”Seven-eight policemen along with an armoured personnel carrier (APC) were performing duty there. Police obstructed the BNP men as they blocked the road. Obstructed, they torched a police vehicle and attacked the policemen,” said Monirul.He said police showed their highest level of patience during the incident.On Monday morning, the party formally started the sale of nomination papers with collecting three forms for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP sold 1,326 nomination papers on the first day while 1,896 on the second day.The sale of nomination papers are supposed to continue until 16 November.last_img read more

first_imgAngry BNP leaders and activists set fire to a vehicle of police in front of BNP Naya Paltan central office on Wednesday. Photo: Abdus SalamAt least 50 people, including 23 policemen, were injured, in a clash between BNP activists and law enforcers in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office on the third day of its nomination form sale on Wednesday, reports UNB.Police lobbed teargas shells, rubber bullets and charged batons while two police cars were torched during the clash that began around 12:50pm and lasted for around 25 minutes.However, both the government and BNP blamed each other over the clash ahead of the national election billed for 30 December.BNP leaders claimed police attacked their activists without any provocation at the behest of the government while the government said the opposition activists launched the attack on law enforcers as part of their plot to foil the election and topple the government.As in the past two days, thousands of BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of their office in the morning while many others started joining them in small processions until the clash began as the party continued the sale of its nomination forms for the third consecutive day among those who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.Witnesses said everything was on the right track while police members were trying to keep vehicle movement normal on the road in front of the BNP office removing herds of party workers on it.A person receives bullets during the clash between BNP leaders and activists in in front of BNP Naya Paltan central office on Wednesday. Photo: ArifuzzamanAmid the growing crowd, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas along with his several hundred supporters marched towards their party office around 12:40pm and started staging a showdown there, bringing traffic on the road to grinding halt.Police tried to remove the BNP men from a portion of the road so that vehicles can pass through, but failed to do so.At one stage, they locked into an altercation with the BNP leaders and activists and started charging batons to maintain the law and order.BNP leaders and activists also started hurling brickbats towards the law enforcers, triggering a fierce clash between the two sides.They also engaged in chase-and-counter-chase forcing the law enforcers to lob teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the BNP activists.In response, BNP leaders and activists chased the law enforcers with sticks and brickbats and set fire to two police cars.At one stage, the law enforcers moved away from Naya Paltan area and took position in front of Bijoynagar Nightingale crossing while BNP leaders and activists in front of their office.Party senior leaders, including party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, came out on the streets asking their activists to exercise restraint and not to respond to any act of provocation.Rizvi told the party activists that their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman asked them from London to remain calm.”Police without any provocation opened fire on our brethren. They also lobbed teargas shells and charged baton on them. They attacked the peaceful gathering of our leaders and activists and created chaos,” he said.Angry BNP leaders and activists at Naya Paltan. Photo Abdus SalamThe BNP leader further said, “I think the attack was made at the dictate of the government and its head. We strongly condemn and protest such attack.”Rizvi claimed that a good number of their leaders and activists, including Dhaka University unit JCD leader Abbas, Dhaka South city unit Jubo Dal leader Mehedi, Motijheel Jubo Dal leader Moqbul, Khilgaon Swechchhasebak Dal leader Moktar Hossain, Mugda Swechchhasebak Dal leader Sumon, Kalabagan Swechchhasebak Dal leader Sumon, Mugda BNP leader Arif, Shahjahanpur Chhatra Dal leaders Mohiuddin, Hasan and Tutul, Shahbagh BNP leader Kamal, Paltan BNP leader Abdul Kader, Sabujbagh BNP leaders Munir, Saiful and Mehedi, Ramna BNP leaders Giasuddin, Ratan, Asaduzzaman, Shamshul Haque and Abdur Razzak, and Khilgaon BNP leader Moniruzzaman, were injured in the attack.Members of Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) provided medical treatment to wounded BNP leaders and activists inside the party office.Party assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu said the sale of their party’s nomination forms remained halted for two hours due to the clash. He also said over their 30 leaders and activists were injured in the clash.Home minister Asaduazzaman Khan claimed that the 23 policemen, including five officers, were injured in the attack by BNP men and they all were admitted to Rajarbagh Central Police Hospital.Visiting the injured police members at the hospital, he also said BNP in a planned way carried out the attack to foil the election. “The way they beat police it clearly indicated that they had a bad intention behind the attack on police.”BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir blamed police for the clash and said it will only hamper the election atmosphere.Meanwhile, Awami League alleged that BNP activists, led by party senior leader Mirza Abbas, attacked police ‘without any provocation’ in front of its Naya Paltan central office as part of the party’s ‘plot’ to foil the election and topple the government.Speaking at a press conference at Awami League president’s Dhanmondi office, party general secretary Obaidul Quader also said the attack on police by BNP has demonstrated that the party does not want to join the election.Additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Monirul Islam said the attack was carried out on police without any provocation to create an issue.Two groups of nomination seekers gathered in front of the BNP office with huge supporters and blocked the road around 1:15pm, he said.”Seven-eight policemen along with an armoured personnel carrier (APC) were performing duty there. Police obstructed the BNP men as they blocked the road. Obstructed, they torched a police vehicle and attacked the policemen,” said Monirul.He said police showed their highest level of patience during the incident.On Monday morning, the party formally started the sale of nomination papers with collecting three forms for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia. BNP sold 1,326 nomination papers on the first day while 1,896 on the second day.The sale of nomination papers are supposed to continue until 16 November.last_img read more

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