first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has described U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement as “nonsense.”In his opening address to a gathering of world mayors Tuesday, Coderre criticized Trump’s move to distance the country from the landmark climate agreement.But he added the decision only furthers the resolve of local politicians to fight climate change.“I’d like to thank President Trump because of his nonsense,” Coderre said. “Because in Canada, in Quebec, in Montreal, we believe we should build bridges, not walls, and we will make sure in our own declaration that the mayors of the world will take our responsibility.“And if there are some people who don’t want it, we’ll make it happen and, trust me, the mayors will be able to deliver the accord of Paris.”The Paris agreement was signed by 195 nations in December 2015.Trump said earlier this month he intends to withdraw the United States from the agreement unless it can be renegotiated.Coderre said fighting against climate change forms the consensus among decision-makers.Also addressing the Metropolis World Congress, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said he was disappointed by the U.S. stance but added he is happy to see numerous American states and cities taking a stand to continue the fight against climate change.The 12th edition of the congress runs until Thursday and includes 1,000 delegates and some 140 mayors from around the world.Coderre is the current president of the organization.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL — An arbitrator says the firing last summer of Thomas Harding, the train engineer involved in the Lac-Megantic rail disaster, was illegal. He won’t be returning to work, but he will get financial compensation.Harding was acquitted in January 2018 of criminal negligence causing death.He returned to work for Central Maine and Quebec Railway, which took over from the defunct Montreal Maine & Atlantic that operated the line at the time of the derailment. Harding went on sick leave and was supposed to gradually return to work as of July 5, 2018, but on June 27 he received a letter of dismissal.The employer cited his involvement in the Lac-Megantic derailment and said the relationship of trust had been broken.Harding’s union filed a grievance, denouncing the fact his employer did not investigate the situation, as required under the collective agreement. Last week the arbitrator agreed and nullified the firing.The engineer became the public face of the Lac-Megantic disaster after it was revealed he didn’t apply sufficient hand brakes on the oil-laden convoy before retiring for the night.The train began rolling downhill in the early hours of July 6, 2013. It barrelled into the town, derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and destroying part of the downtown.The union asked that Harding be reinstated, but the arbitrator said that considering the circumstances a financial compensation was more appropriate. The amount has not been determined.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgMore than 90 days after hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels in north-eastern Nigeria, a United Nations envoy for the region got a first-hand account of the efforts underway to rescue the students and to fight terrorism in the region, and met with education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families.In Abuja, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, reiterated “the continued commitment of the United Nations to the unity and stability of Nigeria,” according to the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).He held consultations with Government officials and the leadership of the National Assembly, as well as heads of defense and security services, to review progress made in efforts to rescue the schoolgirls seized on 14 April in Chibok, and to address the larger crisis resulting from Boko Haram activities.During the five-day visit, Mr. Djinnit also confirmed that the UN has started to implement an integrated support package that includes support for the Chibok girls, their families and their communities, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities.While in Nigeria, Mr. Djinnit discussed the support package with Ms. Yousafzai, who was spending her 17th birthday in the country by “standing with my Nigerian sisters and their parents.”Ms. Yousafzai, whose Malala Fund reportedly donated $200,000 for education in Nigeria, offered to partner with the UN efforts to mitigate the impacts of the abduction and help the girls return to school.Citing examples of young female students being raped and killed in India, and forced into child marriage in Pakistan, Ms. Yousafzai called on the international community to protect girls around the world. “No child anywhere ever should be the target of conflict or violence,” she said.Turning to the armed group responsible for the mass kidnapping in Nigeria, Ms. Yousafzai had harsh words about their interpretation of Islam.“Stop misusing the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam allows every boy and every girl to get an education,” she spoke to applause. “I would request you lay down your weapons, release your sisters.”The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes said she can relate to the Nigerian students.“This Malala Day is a day for education of every child, and is dedicated to my dear, dear and dear Nigerian sisters who are going through the same brutal situation which I suffered through in my past,” she said in reference to the unofficial holiday first marked on 12 July 2013, her 16th birthday.last_img read more

30 July 2008Improved seeds that are better suited to local conditions will soon be available to millions of farmers in Central Asia through a new regional seed association launched in Ankara, Turkey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. Improved seeds that are better suited to local conditions will soon be available to millions of farmers in Central Asia through a new regional seed association launched in Ankara, Turkey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. The new association groups public and private seed producers, promotes technology transfer to less-developed nations and provides a forum for regular consultations on seeds and plant genetic resources. The aim is to distribute suitable seeds to the greatest possible number of farmers. The FAO said that the association will cover the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) region of Central Asia, a market of 350 million people. Only half of cultivable land is farmed in the area and the UN agency said that the new venture will boost agricultural development and could take the pressure off soaring food prices. Seed associations now cover all the world’s major regions and collaborate with the International Seed Federation, which represents the global seed industry. The FAO helped establish the ECO Seed Association earlier this month along with ICARDA, the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas. The ECO member countries are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. read more

The Supporting Entrepreneurs in Environment and Development (SEED) Awards aim not to honour outcomes but innovative partnership proposals. Winners – whether they are community groups, businesses, workers organizations or local authorities – will receive support in developing business plans, seeking funding and setting up partnerships, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported. Offering examples of these joint ventures, the agency cited a network of women slum dwellers in India collaborating with engineers from the United Kingdom and a French water company to improve water delivery in their communities. In Ecuador, a consortium of European companies is working with the Government and coffee farmers to ensure that pesticides do not contaminate water supplies, while in South Africa, a small business owner is working with women’s cooperatives and the Government to test market solar technologies in rural areas, according to UNEP. “We are not trying to set-up an international standard for ideal partnerships, but rather to honour, support and promote the entrepreneurial spirit of those working in partnerships that contribute to the achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit for Sustainable Development’s Plan of Implementation,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. The MDGs are a set of time-bound, measurable targets that world leaders agreed to in 2000 at a UN summit that aim to halve poverty, bring educational parity to boys and girls and cut the rate of HIV/AIDS transmissions, all by 2015. The SEED Awards – launched in parallel sessions at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland – will be presented every two years and were initiated by UNEP, World Conservation Union-IUCN, and the NGO Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, based in the United Kingdom. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also joining the initiative as one of the founding organizations. read more

US home sales jump to a 5 million annual pace in November, highest in 3 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 10:41 am MDT WASHINGTON – Sales of previously occupied homes in the United States jumped to their highest level in three years last month, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 5.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November. That’s up from 4.76 million in October.The pickup in activity in the U.S. market contrasts with a recent slowdown in Canadian sales of previously owned homes. The Canadian market recovered quickly from the 2008-9 recession and had shown strong demand and rising prices until this summer, when the sales volumes began to decline.In the United States, previously occupied home sales are on track for their best year in five years. November’s sales were the highest since November 2009, when a federal tax credit that was soon to expire spurred sales. Excluding that month, last month’s sales were the highest since July 2007.American sales are up 14.5 per cent from a year ago, though they remain below the roughly 5.5 million that are consistent with a healthy market.Job growth and low home-loan rates have helped drive purchases. Prices are also rising, which encourages more potential buyers to come off the sidelines and purchase homes. And more people may put their homes on the market if they feel confident they can sell at a good price.In addition, the excess supply of homes that built up during the housing bubble has finally thinned out. The number of previously occupied homes available for sale fell to a 10-year low in October. The supply of new homes is also near its lowest level since 1963.At the same time, more people are looking to buy or rent a home after living with relatives or friends during and immediately after the Great Recession.These trends have supported a steady recovery in housing. Builder confidence rose in December for a seventh straight month to the highest level in more than 6 1/2 years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.The pace of home construction slipped in November, but it was still nearly 22 per cent higher than a year earlier. Builders are on track this year to start work on the most homes in four years.Economists note that the increase in building should lead to more construction jobs, though it hasn’t yet done so. That could mean more construction hiring is coming.— With files from The Canadian Press. read more

Nora Mork and Erlend Mamelund are voted for the best players of the season in Norwegian Postenliga. Mork, right back-wing of the best Norwegian team Larvik HK got the highest number of votes of her colleagues – 39,3% among the 15 candidates.Male players have no doubt about the best this year – Norwegian NT left back Erlend Mamelund has got 59% of all votes among 12 candidates! ← Previous Story Győri Audi ETO KC win 11th domestic Championship! Next Story → ŠABAC IN DANGER: Challenge Cup FINAL despite the biggest floods in history! Erlend Mamelundhandball norwayNora Morknorwegian postenliga read more

The Day 1 at the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2014 showed who are the real favorites of the tournament in Austrian cities of Linz and Traun. The most interesting match was between host team and Belarus 25:23, while the others were decided much before the final whistle.Group A:Spain – Macedonia 33:22France – Norway 29:22GROUP B:Estonia – Switzerland 20:26Denmark – Serbia 31:23Group C:Germany – Slovakia 32:18Austria – Belarus 25:23Group D:Sweden – Israel 36:24Hungary – Slovenia 21:29 men’s u20 euro 2014 ← Previous Story Men’s U20 EUR0 2014 – DAY 1: Denmark against Serbia – France VS Norway Next Story → African star Wael Jallouz joins FC Barcelona! read more

first_imgThey are not treating us the same as everybody else.Leinster notes that it was the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) that had pressed the State to examine its involvement in the Magdalene laundries. “We hope we don’t have to go down that road but we are prepared to if we have to,” he said.He has written and self-published two books about his experiences, Hannah’s Shame and Destiny Unknown, and through these has met not only other survivors, but a cousin.Pic: Derek LeinsterFamily Leinster’s parents were from Drumconrath, Co Meath.My mother was 18 when I was born, and my father was 10 years older. My father was a Catholic and my mother was from a rank Protestant family.They were unmarried, so when his mother became pregnant, she was sent to the Bethany Home. She left the home when her son was just over four months old.What people forget: from that point of time the government became my parents. There was no one else. That’s who I would have depended on.He says the home paid nurse mothers 15 shillings per child, and this money came from the State. He was sent to a nurse mother, and was in terrible physical condition: “My head was covered in push scabs and blood – you don’t get that from being well looked after.”Was he neglected? “Big time”The new ‘family’ nursed him back to life, but before he was due to be sent on to another family, he was sent back to the home. Then, at three he was diagnosed with pertussis (whooping cough), diptheria, gastroenteritis and bronchial pneumonia. Gravely ill, he had to stay in isolation in hospital for four and a half months.No one from the home visited him. “Somehow or other, against all the odds, I survived.”He then went to live with a new family, but his situation did not improve. There, he found himself in difficult circumstances once more. “I was hungry, I was starving and I was in rags,” he recalls. “They used to refer to me as the ‘poor eejit’ because I was slow.”He used to go up on the hills and play with the goats, because he was so ashamed to be near people due to his unwashed state. “They didn’t judge me – they were my friends.”Unable to read or write, he left school at the age of 13 and went to work for a farmer. Three years later, he caught the boat to England, where he has remained ever since.When I left England at 18 my mind wouldn’t have been more than a 12 year old. I had been so suppressed and always put down. There was nobody there for me.He still suffers from ill-health, and is on chemotherapy drugs to fight problems with his immune system. At the age of 24, he met Carol, who he would go on to marry two years later. She would write and read for him – “She became my writing hand” – and to this day still helps him with spelling.He used to leave jobs when forms were put in front of him, which greatly affected his ability to find steady work.Another remnant of his upbringing? “As a child I couldn’t cry. When my foster mother died [of TB] I didn’t cry. Now… I can’t bloody stop!”Leinster has met some of his biological family, though his 90-year-old mother does not want a relationship with him.Despite all of this hardship, Leinster and all of the Bethany Home survivors remain focused. They are looking for an apology, they are looking for redress, and they are seeking a memorial to the 219 children buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome cemetery.The neglect, the hardship, the tough lives they experienced will not disappear if this is achieved, but it is clear from speaking to them that they will get one thing that they desperately crave: the acknowledgement that they matter, and what happened to them was wrong.Leinster has this message for the Government:They know they have to do the right thing because they know the people of Ireland want them to do the right thing; to treat all Irish citizens equally. This is the hour to demonstrate it, if there was never another one.Read: “We hope he does the right thing”: Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter>Read: ‘Mixed feelings’ as Bethany Home survivors meet Shatter>Read: Bethany Home survivors: “They will have to realise we are not going away”> DEREK LEINSTER IS in his late 60s, a cheery and amusing man who lives in Rugby with his wife Carol. They dote on their grandchildren, and take trips to Ireland, Leinster’s home country.But his back story belies his positive attitude: Derek Leinster was born to a teenage mother who was sent to the Bethany Home in Rathgar, Dublin 6, because she was unmarried.Their trips to Ireland aren’t holidays – they’re to meet with people like Government ministers as part of a fight for redress for Bethany Home survivors.Bethany HomeAn evangelical Protestant-run home, women were sent to Bethany for being what in the early part of the 20th century was considered ‘fallen’, that is: not conforming to society’s Church-influenced strict ideals.Pregnant mothers were sent to the home around four months before giving birth, and had to stay there for a similar time afterwards. Their children were sent to ‘nurse mothers’ and usually from there they were adopted.Listening to the stories of Leinster and his friend Patrick Anderson-McQuoid, it is clear that they had less than positive experiences at the Bethany Home – experiences that have left them physically and emotionally scarred for life. Now, along with a number of other people whose mothers also spent time in the home, they are part of the Bethany Survivors Group, and are fighting for an apology and redress from the State because of what they suffered.In 2010, Niall Meehan, who works with the group, discovered the unmarked graves of 219 children who died at the the home from diseases as tragic as marasmus, a form of malnutrition.One of the unmarked grave sites. Pic: Bethany Survivors Group IrelandMcQuoid’s mother was sent to the Bethany Home and gave birth to him in the Rotunda hospital. After she left, he was sent to a nurse mother in Co Tipperary.But, like Derek, he became ill, and was moved to another home. He was found to have rickets in the head, a bad heart, and problems with his lower extremities.When he was well, he was put into the care of the Irish church missions, who arranged for him to be taken to Northern Ireland where he was adopted.McQuoid discovered later in life that he had a half-brother, who lives in South Lake City. Like Leinster, he was told no records of him existed, but later found records about his time in Bethany Home.In 2007 he got a computer:  “And that’s how I found Derek”. He was trying to find information on the home, and now the men campaign for justice. “It’s an issue that doesn’t go away,” said McQuoid, who says the sense of comradery brings him through it.MeetingThe men were part of a small group of survivors that met with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter on the issue of redress and an apology last week. It was part of their long-running campaign for acknowledgement by the State of what they went through – the home was not put on the list of homes under the Institutional Redress Scheme.McQuoid described the meeting with Shatter as a “step in the right direction, put it that way”, while Leinster said he had “mixed feelings” afterwards.Leinster describes Bethany as a “sectarian home”, raising the question if it wasn’t suitable under the redress scheme due to the fact it was Protestant.People know about the main Catholic homes, he said: “If you said the Bethany home people wouldn’t understand that was a Protestant home. They wouldn’t know anything about it.”Though told no records existed, he says he eventually did find documents relating to his time in the home. He has also received documents under the Freedom of Information Act that he says proves State involvement in the home, which should have qualified it for redress under the 2002 scheme.If it’s not religious; if it’s not small and because we can be trampled on, what is the reason?last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Armenia has praised Greece for approving a law banning the denial of genocide as Yerevan calls for the massacre of Armenians during World War I in present-day Turkey to be internationally recognised as genocide.“Armenia welcomes the adoption of a bill on September 9 by the Greek parliament, which criminalises the denial of genocides,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement.“The adoption of this bill… is an important step towards the prevention of genocides and other heinous crimes against humanity,” he added.After a year of debates, the Greek parliament passed a new law that punishes those denying or praising the Holocaust, genocide and war crimes against humanity.Armenia has long sought for 1915 massacres by the Ottoman Empire in which it says up to 1.5 million people were killed to be internationally recognised as genocide.Turkey has fiercely rejected the term, arguing that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.Source: AFPlast_img read more

first_img@DEASTLOUISDiv MEDIA ADVISORY for parents and caregivers. Special Agent in Charge, William Callahan, sent a warning throughout the St. Louis Division cautioning of the dangers of drug-laced treats this Halloween.— DEAStLouis (@DEASTLOUISDiv) October 30, 2018“Marijuana-laced or Methamphetamine-laced candies can go undetected, but have harmful effects on our children if ingested,” said Special Agent in Charge William Callahan. “Halloween is a time for kids to be kids and have fun with family and friends. We don’t want anyone falling prey to an avoidable tragedy. Please check your candy closely.”Authorities said parents should check candy for unusual wrappings, colors or smells, along with misspelled labels or food that is unwrapped or unmarked. ST. LOUIS (WSVN) — Federal authorities are warning parents to look for drug-laced candy packaged to look like normal trick-or-treat items.The Drug Enforcement Administration’s St. Louis Division says there has been an increase of seizures of candy laced with marijuana or meth across the country, with packaging that looks almost identical to popular Halloween treats.Last year, the DEA says it found marijuana-laced sweets sold in packages with labels including “Munchy Way,” “Buddahfinger,” “Twixed,” “Rasta Reese’s,” “Keef Kat” and others. “If you come across any suspicious treats that have unusual wrapping or misspelled candy labels give it to your local police department,” Callahan said.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) imposed a ban on Sharepro Services, one of its premier registrar companies, accusing it of committing fraud in its business of share transfer and dividend encashment, an order by the market regulator said.It alleged Indira Kakera, the company’s registrars’ operations head, of siphoning off dividend and transferring shares away from its rightful owners. Kakera along with the senior management and the promoters had transferred funds amounting to Rs 21 crore to their relatives and friends.The ban also extends to 15 executives, including Sharepro Services Managing Director GR Rao.”Preliminary enquiry (PE) prima facie show falsification of records, forgery, repeated printing of new certificates without any request or authorization from the shareholder and irregular transfer transactions,” Rajeev Kumar Agrawal, a member of SEBI, said in an order.The PE said the fraud had taken place over a period of 10 years (2005 to 2015). And, SEBI has asked Sharepro’s clients, including several marquee ones, to change their share transfer registrar immediately and conduct a thorough audit of their records and system.The complaints of Sharepro Services’ irregularities were lodged by Asian Paints, Aptech and Britannia. A first information report was prepared by the economic offence wing of the Mumbai Police.Sharepro’s dubious operation has spurred wider interest in the case. “It makes a case for examining whether this is a one-off case or a widespread problem across the system,” JN Gupta, co-founder and managing director at SES — a proxy advisory firm, was quoted as saying by Mint.The issue has now raised questions on if other companies have paid dividends and transferred securities to the actual beneficiaries.”It appears to be widespread. It is in light of this, Sebi has done the right thing in passing an interim order, looking at urgency of the matter,” Sudhir Bassi, executive director at Khaitan and Co., told the daily.last_img read more

first_imgTop terror Shahadat HossainHe’s been staying abroad for 12 years, carrying out criminal acts of extortion and intimidating people back in the country over phone from abroad. He even managed to halt the trial process of 16 cases against him by intimidating the plaintiffs and witnesses of the cases from abroad.This is none other than the top terror Shahadat Hossain. The fugitive criminal was awarded with death penalty in two cases while arrest warrants were issued against him in 13 cases. He has more than 200 general diaries (GDs) under his belt.Hiding in India for a long time, Shahadat is controlling the capital’s criminal activities and even giving interviews to the media, said police officials.They added that the government has requested India to arrest Shahadat as Bangladesh handed over a number of Indian criminals to its neighbour.However, Shahadat’s deportation is yet to be decided, they also said.Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia told Prothom Alo that they are trying to bring Shahadat back through the Interpol.If any family feels insecure or becomes victim of threat, the police will provide security measures, he added.Once vice-president of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s Shah Ali thana unit, Shahadat was a resident of Shinepukur Road in Mirpur’s Shah Ali area.The hardcore criminal used to be an activist of BCL Mirpur unit from 2001 to 2004. He came to talks in 1998 allegedly after killing a person in Gudaraghat area in 1998. Through this, he entered the underworld and murdered one after another as a professional killer. In 2005, he fled away in India after killing Aftab Uddin, a businessman of Mirpur. Since then, he has been living there.On 12 August 2005, a group of miscreants killed Md Shahidullah, 45, owner of Prince Group near his residence in Mirpur. A case was filed then accusing Shahadat as prime suspect. The investigation of the case is yet to be completed even after 12 years.Shahidullah’s family members said Shahadat has been threatening them to withdraw the case.Kazi Belal Hossain, brother of Shahidullah, told Prothom Alo that the main accused is yet to be arrested. The other accused who were arrested are now out of jail on bail.Another businessman of Mirpur, Aftabuddin, was killed by Shahadat in 2005. A case was then lodged with the Mirpur police station in this regard. After an investigation, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-4 submitted a case statement in 2007, accusing a total of 19 people including Shahadat.Afrozuddin, brother of Aftabuddin and also plaintiff of the case, said that Shahadat has been threatening to withdraw the case by his sidekicks.In the face of frequent threats, he sought security measures from the deputy commissioner of police (Mirpur zone) last week.Moreover, the witnesses are also leaving the area, Afrozuddin alleged.DMP deputy commissioner (Mirpur zone) Masud Ahmed told Prothom Alo that Mirpur police were instructed to provide Afrozuddin’s family security.In the face of Shahadat’s threats, Russell Hossain, son of slain businessman Farhad Hossain, filed a total of four general diaries (GDs).A group of extortionists shot Farhad to death on 14 April 2005. Police submitted a charge sheet accusing Shahadat and his accomplices in the murder case.Russell told Prothom Alo that he received a death threat from Shahadat warning him to give no testimony in court.A group of terrorists shot another Mirpur businessman Ripon Chowdhury to death on 18 June, 2006. Widow of Ripon told Prothom Alo that she has been receiving death threats from Shahadat for carrying the case procedures. Being intimidated, she no longer wants to take care of the case.When contacted, Mirpur police station officer-in-charge Md Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo top terror Shahadat is now out of the country. “But, he masterminded several killings. We don’t see that much activities of his cohorts now. The plaintiff of a case applied to us seeking his security and we’ve taken necessary measures accordingly.”Allegations are rife that Shahadat threatened the plaintiffs and witnesses of nine murder cases. Prominent among them are BNP leader and ward commissioner Shawkat Ali murder case, satellite TV connection provider Shamsul Haque murder, transport worker Parvez killing and Mirpur businessman Abdur Rahman killing.When approached, Dhaka University law department professor and former chairman of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman said rights activists have long been demanding for the safety and security of the plaintiffs and witnesses.“The state must ensure security for those who will testify in any case,” he added.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossainlast_img read more

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marissa CummingsIn terminal A of Bush Airport Congresswomen Shelia Jackson Lee stood backed by airport union workers.They are worried about losing their jobs if air traffic control is privatized.Cynthia Cole is one of those workers.“You are looking at 10,000 to 20,000 individuals who are going to be impacted by this,” Cole says. “And there is no guarantee to their jobs.”The congresswoman says there has been progress made in bettering the air traffic control system, and it would be unwise to stop now.“Right here, at Bush we have begun the Next Generation technology, and invested millions of dollars to build that facility at the air traffic controllers,” Jackson Lee says. “What happens when those assets go into a private bank, a private entity?”NextGen technology was put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014.It aims to help airports become more efficient.Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Fox News that privatizing air traffic control would not only help modernize the system, but bring more jobs. 00:00 /01:01 X Sharelast_img read more

first_img Box Score (PDF) INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Alex McNicholas led the way with four goals as Louisville women’s lacrosse won 15-5 at Butler on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 2-5 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-4.Ally Hall got Louisville on the board just 45 seconds into the game and the Cardinals scored four times in the first five minutes to build an early 4-0 lead.After Butler got on the board with 21:39 to go in the half, Louisville reeled off another five straight goals to build a 9-1 lead and then went into the locker room at halftime with a 10-3 advantage. The Bulldogs pulled within eight at 13-5 with 3:56 to go, but the Cardinals got two more goals in the final two-plus minutes to secure the victory.McNicholas scored two goals in each half for her first hat trick of the season. She also led the way with three draw controls.Tessa Chad added her fourth hat trick of the year on seven shots, while Caroline Blalock and Sarah Blalock finished with two goals each.  Caroline Blalock and Shay Clevenger led the way defensively with three ground balls each.The Louisville defense limited Butler to just 14 shots, while the offense racked up 40 shots, 31 of which were on goal. Rachel Florek picked up her second win of the season in goal, finishing with four saves and a .571 save percentage.The Cardinals also finished with 15 draw controls to Butler’s five.Following the win, Louisville returns home to host Duke on Saturday at noon.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Daniela Vega | Photo: Wikimedia Daniela Vega set to be first openly trans star to present an Oscar in historyHere are all the LGBTI winners at the 2018 Academy AwardsNew government in Chile says it will not prioritize equal marriageRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img A Chilean film about a trans woman has just won for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars. Excelente #AFantasticWoman le dió un #Oscars a mi #Chile querido! #vivachile #vamoschile— Carlos Alvarez (@ticalz) March 5, 2018Trans rights in ChileLelio told Gay Star News in an exclusive interview that Vega inspired the story and he wanted to promote gender equality laws in Chile.So meeting her made me understand I wanted to make the film. And then, very soon after that… I was not going to make it without a transgender actress,’ he said.‘The next step for LGBTI equality in Chile is to approve gender identity law,’ he says. ‘So, legal recognition of the right to be transgender.‘Which, strangely enough, was being discussed in Parliament the same day the nomination was announced. At the same time! They approved the idea of legislating it, so it went to the next step. It was an important day.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . A Fantastic Woman tells the story of trans woman in the Chilean capital Santiago following the death of her older male lover.It stars Daniela Vega, also made history as the first trans person to present at the Academy Awards.Thrilled Fantastic Woman won best Best Foreign Language Film. And right now Daniela Vega is making history as the Oscars’ first openly transgender presenter. #Oscars— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) March 5, 2018Director Sebastian Lelio accepted the award and with the Vega and the film’s producers standing behind him on stage.last_img read more

first_imgThe Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) is preparing to send some of the best travel students around the world as part of an initiative to drive younger talent into the business travel market.Speaking at the inaugural ACTE forum down under since it announced Australasia as its newest region, executive director Ron DiLeo said the Group was preparing to launch its first Around the World in 80 Days program, commencing in Sydney from 10 to 16 March next year.Mr DiLeo explained contenders will spend the first week of the university accredited program in the NSW capital city before moving onto other cities across the globe and will be offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in everything there is to know about travel in that market.Spending up to three months on the road, the executive director noted that the course resembles a semester abroad with a two week internship as well as visits to buyers recognised for having best practises, go behind the scenes at relevant travel companies and behind the front desk of hotels and convention bureaus.“We did it because there’s five generations of leadership in business travel today,” Mr DiLeo noted.“The largest is the group that’s above 55 years of age, and the smallest is the under 30s group because they’re just not necessarily coming out of university and wanting to come into travel for whatever reason. “So we thought we needed to formalise a way to attract talent to the travel industry, we just want to get them into the industry and get them going.”While students benefit from high visibility among suppliers and multinational corporations, Mr DiLeo said businesses can also get involved with the option to sponsor a fellowship.He explained that corporations are able to buy talent before graduation by sponsoring a student to undergo the training.Sponsors have the option to chose from up to 30 universities around world involved in the program and from there provide students in a travel course that meet the appropriate criteria a top for their submission papers.From there the business then holds interviews with prospective students.Once a candidate is selected they agree to undergo internship with the corporation as well as agree to work with them after they graduate the program.   During the forum the Group also reaffirmed its commitment to the Australasia market, announcing the appointment of several key personal down under.For more information click here. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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