Naya Pak should demonstrate Naya action on terror India

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistan will be judged not by words but on basis of the action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil, India said Saturday, asserting that its non-military strike on the JeM terrorist training camp in Balakot achieved its desired objective.External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said if Pakistan claims to be a ‘naya Pakistan’ (New Pakistan) with a ‘nayi soch’ (new thinking), then it should demonstrate ‘naya’ action (new action) against terror groups operating with impunity from its soil. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The MEA’s comments came a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he will not allow Pakistani soil to be used for terror directed at other countries. Khan has been saying that a ‘Naya Pakistan’ is embarking on a new journey under his leadership. Kumar said Pakistan has been making identical statements after separate terror attacks and now Islamabad will have to take up the concrete action the international community expected it to take and must rein in terror groups operating from its soil. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”We remain resolute in our determination to persuade the international community of the necessity of compelling Pakistan to move beyond mere words and to show credible, verifiable and sustained actions. We have and we will continue to act with responsibility and maturity,” he said at a media briefing. Kumar said the widespread presence of terrorist camps in Pakistan is public knowledge and repeated requests by India and the international community for Pakistan to take action against such groups has been met with “denial”. “In 2004, the then President of Pakistan had made a solemn public commitment that they would not allow any territory under their control to be used for terrorist activity in any manner,” he said. “But till today, however, Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terrorist organisations, which continue to operate with impunity from Pakistan,” he said, adding Pakistan will be judged not by its words but on the basis of action it takes to dismantle terror infrastructure. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. “Our non-military counter terrorism strike of February 26 achieved the intended objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action against cross-border terrorism,” Kumar said about Balakot strike. He, however, evaded questions on number of casualties in the strike.last_img read more

Split personalities AllAmerican catcher uses humor pranks to keep team loose

Sam Marder is Ohio State’s all-time home run, RBI and walks leader, but she might be Ohio State’s all-time goof ball as well.Her jabbing jokes, ribbon dancing routines and affable personality do not help her hit home runs, but it is apparent she doesn’t need help with that.“I think the great part about this team is that we have so much fun with each other,” Marder said. “They all came to my ribbon dancing routine and we are always playing jokes on each other. We are a fun and relaxed team.”Off the field, Marder encourages some friendly pranks.“Megan (Miller) and I were roommates one weekend on the road and that was not fair,” she said. “We filled a bucket of ice and played a joke on freshman (Megan) Coletta. When she opened the door she got showered with all this ice. Then we ran away.”Though this two-time captain and two-time All-American loves to entertain her teammates, she acknowledges that what you see is not always what you get. “I definitely have two personalities and I like to compare myself to Beyonce calling herself Sasha Fierce,” Marder said. “While off the field I am really light-hearted and joking around.  On the field I am very focused, intense and driven. That is the only way I can play.”Coach Linda Kalafatis acknowledges Marder’s split personality.“She is smart, passionate, creative, weird and goofy,” Kalafatis said. “But, there is an intensity and passion on the field that you don’t necessarily know of off the field.”When co-captain Courtney Pruner was asked to talk about Marder’s personality, she muttered, “Oh God.”Pruner spoke about Marder’s humble personality, but sometimes she can take it too far.“Anytime we get the chance to make fun of her we can,” she said.When it comes to softball, Marder likes to mesh different parts of her personality to guide the team to success, part of her job as captain.“I try to lead by example,” Marder said. “It is important to make sure our team is loose and relaxed, while at the same time, mentally prepared to play.”Marder is not one to stray away from who she is. People don’t have to be at a softball practice to catch a glimpse of the lovable goof ball.When the team plays on the Big Ten Network, she claims she is chosen to read the introductions because she is the most attractive on the team.In addition, Marder represented the softball team by performing rhythmic gymnastics, otherwise known as ribbon dancing, for Buckeyes Got Talent.“The nerve to get up there and be that silly is remarkable,” Kalafatis said.The song she chose was Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.”While the regional tournament approaches, the team will begin its ascent to its ultimate goal, Oklahoma City.The Buckeyes will host the Kentucky Wildcats Friday at 7:30 p.m. read more

Pogba explains World Cup look

first_imgManchester United midfielder has explained his understated look for France at the World Cup, according to Mirror Football.The Frenchman caught the eye with his performances on the pitch rather with his flashy hairstyles during France’s successful World Cup campaign.Pogba was a key man for Les Bleus as they won the World Cup for only the second time in their history, putting in a top performance against Belgium in the semis and scoring their third goal in their 4-2 final win over Croatia.The United star performances in the latter stages of the tournament silenced his critics who criticize him for his flashy hairdos rather performances on the pitch.But the former Juventus star made sure that wouldn’t be the case in Russia.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba took part in a Q&A session with fans on Instagram over the weekend, and one fan asked:“Why didn’t you paint your hair during the World Cup?”The 25-year-old replied: “Because I wanted the focus to be only on performance and not on my looks. So there was no excuse and they look only criticize the football part.”It remains to be seen if the World Cup winner will adopt a similar approach with United for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Barcelona puts price on striker wanted by West Ham

first_imgThe English side would have to pay up to 3 million Pounds if they want Paco Alcácer to join them this season; would only be a loanPublished by the Daily Star in the United Kingdom, there have been reports that Spanish powerhouse Barcelona have put a price on striker Paco Alcácer if he wants to join the Premier League.The forward could end up costing up to 3 million Pounds to English club West Ham United, but will only join the competition on a loan.The 25-years-old has been a surplus in Barcelona, playing only 37 times in La Liga in over two years at Barca.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.His goal scoring abilities are not playing in his favor either.In 37 occasions on the field, the player has only scored ten times during the Spanish competition, with four more goals coming from the Spanish Cup and only once in the Champions League.But it seems the ex-Valencia and ex-Getafe athlete will only exit Barcelona if West Ham pays 3 million Pounds for his loan, something the English club might not be too keen on doing.last_img read more

I am giving my all Radja Nainggolan

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan footballer is happy after his team beat Fiorentina last night and talks about what he wants in the futureInternazionale Milan beat Fiorentina 2-1 yesterday in Matchday 6 of the Italian Lega Serie A season.And Radja Nainggolan couldn’t be any happier, after spending his first few months under the Inter shirt.“I am giving my all during this new adventure. Obviously, I still have to improve considering I missed out on preparations and I will show that little bit extra to reach the top,” he told the club’s official website.“However, I am not worried. I felt at ease here at Inter straight away. I was welcomed into the club with open arms. I am happy to be here and I hope it’s a successful period. Our main aim this year is to improve on last season.”“We didn’t start in the best manner, but our last two wins have put us back on track. We hope to now continue like this. The road is long, but we’ve won two important games and we must keep moving forward in the same fashion,” he added.“There are plenty of expectations on us but we’ve demonstrated that we can win tough matches. We are a strong side.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I want to win trophies, that is obvious. I’ve always given my all out on the pitch but it’s now the right time to win something. However, we’ll keep our heads down. It’s better to say nothing and then see where we are at the end of the season,” he concluded.Altra vittoria a San Siro! 👏Riviviamo tutto insieme con la nostra fotogallery 📸👉 https://t.co/TqrQ3GELEw #FCIM pic.twitter.com/nJRH4XWpYd— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

Bahamas TCI Marine Forecast for Today

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 17, 2017 – Nassau – WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS AND MARINERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE ALERT FOR THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT BEACHES MAINLY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. BOATERS SHOULD ALSO BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS AS WELL AS REDUCED VISIBILITY TO 3NM OR LESS.GENERAL SITUATION:  A QUASI-STATIONARY FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MEANDER ACROSS THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND TURKS AND CAICOS WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM CENTERED NORTH OF THE AREA MAINTAINS BRISK WINDS OVER THE ISLANDS.SE BAHAMAS AND TCI SMALL CRAFT SHOULD NOT VENTURE FAR FROM PORT; SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IS IN EFFECT.WINDS:          NORTHEASTERLY AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS TODAY BUT INCREASING T0 20 TO 30 KNOTS BY TONIGHT OVER OPEN WATERS.SEAS:              5 TO 8 FEET TODAY BUT BUILDING UP TO 7 TO 10 FEET OVER THE OCEAN BY TONIGHT.SWELLS:        NONEWEATHER:  ISOLATED SHOWERS AND CHANCE OF A FEW THUNDERSTORMS MAINLY IN VICINITY OF THE FRONTAL BOUNDARY THROUGH TONIGHT.#Bahamasweather#MarineForecastBahamasandTCIlast_img read more

Judge denies United States claim on 2 of 3 California immigration laws

first_img Posted: July 9, 2018 Judge denies United States claim on 2 of 3 California immigration laws July 9, 2018 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed the federal government’s claim that U.S. law trumps two California laws intended to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally.The ruling by U.S. District Judge John Mendez follows his ruling last week that found California was within its rights to pass two of the three sanctuary laws.He ruled Monday that the federal government could proceed with its attempt to block part of a third California sanctuary law.Mendez rejected the U.S. government’s argument the U.S. Constitution gives the federal government pre-eminent power to regulate immigration. The Trump administration argued that California is obstructing its immigration enforcement efforts.He ruled last week that California cannot enforce a third law that prohibits employers from allowing immigration officials on their property without warrants. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

SD woman pleads guilty to smuggling drugs across USMexico border

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego woman pleaded guilty today to federal charges related to smuggling large quantities of drugs from Mexico into the United States, including more than 450,000 fentanyl pills.April Spring Kelly, 38, admitted in San Diego federal court that she smuggled the pills, along with methamphetamine and cocaine, through ports of entry in San Diego and Nogales, Arizona. The drugs were then moved to mid-level distributors in San Diego and Phoenix, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.The smuggling occurred between February and October of last year. She also attempted to smuggle drugs through the San Ysidro Port of Entry last Nov. 30, leading to her arrest with around 36 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, and a dozen pounds of powdered fentanyl in her car, according to authorities.Kelly is slated to be sentenced Oct. 11 before U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino.“San Diego is the gateway for fentanyl to the rest of the country, and we are working aggressively to close that gate, one smuggler and one distributor at a time,” U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said. SD woman pleads guilty to smuggling drugs across U.S.-Mexico border Posted: July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (June 18-June 25):Local Man With Lengthy Record Arrested In Connection With Car Break-InsBody of Catholic Priest Exhumed In Tewksbury For DNA TestingLetter To The Editor: Robertson Has What It Needs To Succeed MiceliAt Your Library: Robin Williams Impersonator; How To Live A Happier LifeVacancy On The Board Of Library TrusteesPlease DO NOT Put Plastic Bags In Your Recycling — Will NOT Be Picked Up! Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

Huge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On March 23

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) will host a firearm and knife show, featuring 500 tables, on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, March 3, 2019, 9am-3pm.Participants can buy, sell and trade sporting, antique, and collectible firearms; custom and high quality knives; and various militaria.The general admission fee for adults is $12. Children 12 and under, with an adult, are free. Parking is also free. Learn more HERE. A $1-off coupon can be found HERE.The event is hosted by New Mart Promotions of Massachusetts and promoted by the NRA-affiliated Westchester Collectors Club.(DISCLAIMER: All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed.  New Massachusetts requirement for firearm purchases – a “pin” number is needed to purchase a firearm. Pin numbers can be obtained from the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services by calling 617-660-4722, Monday through Friday, 8am to 6pm.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHuge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On March 3-4In “Business”Huge Gun Show Returns To WilmingtonIn “Business”Huge Gun Show Returns To Wilmington On November 12-13In “Business”last_img read more

Jason Momoas Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right now

first_imgCNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. But what made me really appreciate DC Comics’ Aquaman? Unlike Marvel superheroes who always seem to struggle with internal demons and tragic backstories, Aquaman is well-adjusted and jovial. Granted, since the gritty film reboots of the Batman and Superman franchises, DC Comics have their own versions of damaged and depressing superheroes. But since 2017’s Wonder Woman film, DC movies now seem more cheerful and escapist. spoilers-dceuWarning: Minor movie spoilers ahead. Aquaman’s mother, Queen Atlanna, played by Nicole Kidman, is ripped away from him and his human father, Tom Curry (Temuera Morrison), when Aquaman’s young, but he doesn’t dive into the ocean seeking revenge against the Atlantean royal family. He doesn’t go on a bad-guy-killing spree. He smiles, jokes and shares pints with his dad at the local pub. Welcome to Atlantis. Warner Bros. Granted, much of Aquaman’s charm is due to Momoa’s built-in swagger. This isn’t the uptight, blond-boy comic-book version of Aquaman. This is a superhero we’d want to go drinking or surfing with. He’s approachable without having a Tony Stark ego. Momoa steals most of the Aquaman movie with his relaxed hang 10 surfer approach to dealing with both his insulting half-brother, Atlantean King Orm (Patrick Wilson), and new vengeance-driven villain Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). But it’s also how Aquaman treats the women in the movie that won me over. Mera (Amber Heard) might look like she’s cosplaying a sexy Ariel the Little Mermaid with a tight green costume and red wig even RuPaul would scoff at, but she’s not in the film as a love interest. She fights her own battles.  Mera isn’t about to be a pawn in yet another royal arranged marriage. And she’s definitely not there to flutter her eyelashes at Aquaman. Most of the time, she’s putting Aquaman in his place and teaching him about the underwater world she calls home. TV and Movies 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Aquaman keeps the DC comeback afloat Now playing: Watch this: Queen Atlanna is also a warrior. When we see her at the beginning of the film, she’s injured and vulnerable, but eventually trusts and falls in love with the lighthouse keeper Tom who nurses her back to health. It’s clear the movie’s real love story isn’t between Aquaman and Mera, but between his parents. Although Queen Atlanna is banished by her royal family, she fights for her survival. She’s a deep-sea Furiosa. What also makes director James Wan’s Aquaman great is its sense of wonderment about the underwater world of Atlantis. I’ll never look at an octopus the same way again. Sure there are plenty of exciting battles where Aquaman shows off his power to command all sea creatures with his mighty trident in hand, but we also get to see the everyday Atlantis where whales and giant turtles are part of the underwater kingdom’s public transportation system. We see a lot of world building that makes me long to reinvest in sea monkeys. Review: Oceanic DC superhero epic will float your boat Aquaman: 5 things I want to see from the next DCEU film Jason Momoa gets giddy and naked at SNL Enlarge ImageJason Momoa as Aquaman. Warner Bros. Pictures Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther. This has been my crew, my squad, my ultimate hero lineup for years. Whenever asked to choose Marvel or DC Comics, I proudly yelled Marvel. No contest. The Avengers, Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been the superheroes I needed — complex, gritty and troubled, without a hint of comic book camp. But lately, I need a fan support group just to get through all the death and destruction facing the Avengers. As the real world feels darker and more dangerous with bomb threats, mass shootings, out-of-control wildfires and turbulent politics, I need a superhero who gives me hope and reminds me to not take everything so damn seriously. Enter Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, aka Aquaman, in the new film playing worldwide and making a splash at the box office. He saves submarines from being hijacked and is always up for adventure. He’s like an underwater Thor, complete with annoying power-hungry half-brother. But Aquaman also wants to be left alone. He’s not really into politics and superhero fame. He’s an antihero who drinks like a fish and would rather buy you a beer than try to save the world.  He’s optimistic, empathetic and ready to help with a huge smile on his face.   77 Photos Captain Marvel DC Comics Marvel Disney Captain America Iron Man 1:45 More Aquaman The movie ignited my imagination more than the latest roster of Marvel movies. And even though it glosses over the problem of humans polluting the oceans with our never-ending supply of trash, there isn’t a preachy moment. There isn’t a depressing sequence where Aquaman gives up on himself or humanity. I didn’t feel one second of pending doom and gloom in the two-and-a-half-hour movie. Aquaman’s a guy you can trust with the world, both land and sea. He’s optimistic, empathetic and ready to help with a huge smile on his face. Wan’s Aquaman movie has a sense of humor about itself that makes this the kind of superhero the world needs and deserves right now. So I’m a DC Comics fangirl now… or at least until Marvel’s Captain Marvel and DC’s Shazam create a new tug-of-war in 2019.First published Dec. 22, 5 a.m. PT. Correction, 10:17 a.m. PT: This post initially misstated the franchise that created Shazam. Shazam is a DC character. last_img read more

Senators want to know when theyve been hacked

first_img Post a comment Share your voice Senators want an annual report on cyberattacks affecting the governing body.  Angela Lang / CNET When a company is hacked, you’ll likely get an email warning you that your information might have been stolen. But when your senator is hacked, it could remain a secret forever. Two senators are hoping to change that.Unlike companies and federal agencies, Congress has no legal obligation to disclose breaches, meaning that the public has no idea when elected officials are hit by cyberattacks. Senators are some of the most popular targets for hackers.In 2017, then-Senate Sergeant at Arms Frank Larkin said “the Senate is considered a prime target for cybersecurity breaches” during a Senate hearing. He said that in 2016, the Senate’s secure web gateway blocked more than 273 million connections to over 54,000 malicious websites targeting their internal network.  Politicians in general are frequent targets for hacks on both their professional and personal accounts. If the attacks are successful, you usually only find out about it through media reports or leaked documents. The last time a Congressional computer breach was publicly disclosed was in 2009, when then-Florida Sen. Bill Nelson announced his personal computers were compromised. In a letter signed by Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, and Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, the senators ask Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger to provide an annual report on the number of times Senate computers have been hacked, and incidents where hackers were able to access sensitive Senate data.The letter also calls for Stenger to inform the Senate committees on Rules and Intelligence about any breaches within five days of discovery. The hope is that if this information is regularly disclosed, senators would start taking their cybersecurity more seriously.”Each US senator deserves to know and has a responsibility to know, if and how many times Senate computers have been hacked, and whether the Senate’s existing cybersecurity measures are sufficient to protect both the integrity of this institution and the sensitive data with which it has been entrusted,” the letter reads. You can read the full letter here:  Tagscenter_img 0 Politics Securitylast_img read more

Fundamentals could resurface after wrenching selloff

first_imgThe dramatic sell-off on Wall Street through most of the past two weeks could signal a capitulation-type blowout, giving fundamentals the upper hand for the next week.The current slide in stock prices, which on Friday briefly dragged the S&P 500 to levels not seen in more than a year, is reminiscent in breadth and tone of drop-downs seen during the Great Recession.Some argue the decline is warranted. In addition, the market has not seen the kind of sell-off in high volumes that signals a capitulation, and the S&P 500 could enter a bear market, more than 9% below current levels.From most indications the US economy is far from being in a recession, according to many market participants. The repricing in stocks could help the market shift back to fundamentals after years of focusing on the Federal Reserve and its ultra-low interest rate policy.That is welcome news for some in the market who have seen stocks trade on variables other than economic data and company earnings.”I actually am encouraged to see the market drop so we can just get to fair value and take it from there, then it is really determined by the path of the economy, and profits and revenues,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank in Chicago.”To me, this is really a result of Fed influence, just a reversing of all this Fed intervention.”Many point to a slowdown in China’s economy and its expected weight on global growth as a reason for the slide in stocks and the 12-year lows in crude oil futures.The Shanghai index closed Friday at its lowest level since December 2014, down more than 20% from its November high and nearly 44% from its 2015 high.”The spillover from China has been concentrated in crude oil and there are reports that commodity hedge funds have experienced a sharp increase in margin calls as the price of oil falls,” said Gail Dudack, chief investment strategist at Dudack Research Group in New York in a Friday note to clients.”Typical of most margin unwindings, selling will flow into equity markets since stocks are often the most liquid assets in portfolios. This explains why movements in the (S&P 500) have been closely aligned with crude oil in recent weeks.”Friday had some of a capitulation type feel, with 944 New York Stock Exchange issues hitting a 52-week low. It is only the fourth day since the end of 2008 that the number is above 900. It also was the seventh day in a row of more than 500 NYSE stocks at their lowest in at least a year, a streak not seen since October 2008 -the month following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.Major indexes fell Friday for a third consecutive week. The S&P closed at its lowest since late August while the Nasdaq Composite ended at its lowest since October 2014.FUNDAMENTALS ON TAPUS markets are closed Monday for the Martin Luther King holiday and on Tuesday will reopen to fresh industrial output and retail sales data out of China. Chinese GDP data is also due Tuesday, late Monday on Wall Street.”Some of the (market) fears may be comforted if we get good numbers out of China Monday evening,” said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.He said if next week’s US core inflation data does not surprise on the upside and manufacturing returns to expansion, investors could feel more comfortable returning to the stock market.”That in addition to strong earnings, of course.”  Among the largest companies to report results next week are Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs in the financial world, while Starbucks and a handful of airlines will speak to the health of the consumer.last_img read more

Court wants Holey Artisan probe report 25 June

first_imgA Dhaka court on Thursday set 25 June for submission of the probe report in a case filed over the Holey Artisan cafe attack, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, NurunnaharYasmin, fixed the date as the investigation officer of the case, Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit inspector Humayun Kabir, failed to submit the probe report on Thursday.Earlier, on 10 April, the court fixed 17 may for submission of the probe report.In the evening of 1 July, 2016, five militants entered the Holey Artisan Cafe and Bakery with bombs, machetes and pistols, and took several dozen people, including 18 foreigners, hostage.Twenty hostages – nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladesh-born American and two Bangladeshis – were killed as the militants sprayed them with bullets indiscriminately or cut their throats to confirm their death inside the cafe.Besides, two senior police officers – Banani police station then officer-in-charge Salauddin Ahmed Khan and Detective Branch assistant commissioner Robiul Islam – were shot dead when police tried to gain control of the bakery.A case was filed with Gulshan police station in connection with the terror attack.Later, the case was transferred to the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).last_img read more

Last session of 10th parliament prorogued

first_imgThe last session of the 10th Parliament was prorogued on Monday after only eight sittings.The 23rd session passed 19 bills, including the Narcotics Control Bill, 2018 and Sarkari Chakori Ain 2018.Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury read out the prorogation order of the president around 10:05pm.Before reading out the prorogation order, Shirin thanked all the MPs, including the opposition ones, for providing all-out cooperation in running the session and reaching a consensus in a unique way to uphold the parliamentary democratic practice in the house.She said parliament got lively with the active participation of the MPs of both the treasury and opposition benches.The speaker praised the opposition MPs for their constructive role in the session by joining different businesses of the house.Parliament during its current tenure sat 23 times that witnessed 410 business days. Some 198 bills were placed and 193 of them were passed.The opposition did not boycott parliament, but they staged walkout for three times, while the opposition leader was present in the house for 242 days.Leader of the house and prime minister Sheikh Hasina was present in the 10th parliament for 338 days.last_img read more

Emergency laws create climate of fear in Turkey AI

first_imgIn this file photo taken on January 14, 2015 an armed police officer walks past the Cumhuriyet daily newpaper building Istanbul. Photo: AFPAmnesty International on Thursday accused the Turkish government of creating a “chilling climate of fear” across society and curtailing the work of human rights activists since a failed 2016 coup.The rights group said freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial have been “decimated” under the state of emergency introduced five days after the attempted putsch on 15 July 2016.More than 1,300 associations and foundations have been shut down under the measures.In addition, more than 140,000 public sector employees have been sacked or suspended including judges over alleged links to putschists or Kurdish militants.Meanwhile, some 50,000 people have been taken into custody on terror charges.Last week parliament approved the seventh extension of the emergency laws which Amnesty said had undermined the country’s “once vibrant independent civil society”.The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) staged nationwide rallies to protest the extension, with demonstrators in Istanbul shouting “No to emergency rule” and “Rights, law and justice”.Ankara insists that it faces multiple terror threats and that the measures do not affect citizens’ everyday lives.In a report titled “Weathering the storm: Defending human rights in Turkey’s climate of fear”, Amnesty lambasted the authorities’ attacks on rights activists and their “abusive” use of the criminal justice system.“A chilling climate of fear is sweeping across Turkish society,” the report said.The group cited examples of individuals it believes were being targeted and unfairly imprisoned including that of civil society activist Osman Kavala, who has been in prison since October.Amnesty has come under pressure itself since Taner Kilic, then the group’s chairman in Turkey, was taken into custody last June.Kilic denies charges of belonging to the movement led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of ordering the 2016 coup bid.“Under the cloak of the state of emergency, Turkish authorities have deliberately and methodically set about dismantling civil society, locking up human rights defenders, shutting down organisations and creating a suffocating climate of fear,” Amnesty’s Europe director, Gauri van Gulik, said in a statement.Amnesty also highlighted “unfair” restrictions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) events in Turkey, with a ban in effect in the capital Ankara since November.“The blanket bans on activities threaten the very existence of these organisations and reverse these recent progressive steps to counter prevailing homophobia and transphobia,” Amnesty wrote.last_img read more

Report Finds Mixed Results From Electric Market Deregulation

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Roy Luck via FlickrA view of power lines near Thompsons, TX, southwest of Houston.A new report finds positive signs, but some “mixed results”, from deregulating the Texas electric market.The consumer advocacy group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power used federal government data to track Texans’ electric bills since deregulation. The report says electricity has gotten cheaper in cities where you can choose your provider, but it’s still been historically more expensive compared to cities with one provider.“I think it’s a good news/bad news story,” says R.A. Dyer, the group’s spokesperson. “I think the market is progressing.”The good news from the report is that in places where you can shop around for electricity – like Houston and Dallas – you can find better deals than in San Antonio or Austin, where there’s one provider.The bad news?“What we have seen, year after year, is prices are consistently higher in areas of the state with retail electric competition,” Dyer says.Still, the report found that gap is shrinking, and there are other positive signs. A separate study from Rice University – one that looked at different and more recent data – found that in 2016, some deregulated parts of Texas finally had cheaper electricity.“Our prices in the state are very closely linked to the natural gas price,” says Michelle Fost, Chief Energy Economist at the University of Texas’ Center for Energy Economics.So, as long as natural gas stays relatively cheap, you could expect the trend of ever-cheaper electricity in deregulated cities to continue. X Listen 00:00 /01:10 Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Homeless Shelter Holds Youths Close

first_imgDanny Jones says that Loving Arms Shelter helped put him on the right track. (Photos credit: Facebook/Danny Jones)Danny “Virgo” Jones lived homeless in Baltimore for nine years. Ever since he was eight years old, his family has been homeless. At 15, he struck out on his own and found a home at Loving Arms.“I had nowhere to go,” Jones, now 20, to the AFRO. “My mom was dealing with some stuff with herself and it was hard for her to keep her own space so we would always be in and out of different spaces.“I got to Loving Arms and they took care of me. At first I was a little uncomfortable around a bunch of strangers, but somehow they pulled it off to make me feel so comfortable. Everybody was warm. I had structure,” said Jones.Loving Arms is a basic care, emergency shelter located in Windsor Hills for unaccompanied homeless, throwaway, and runaway youth. It was founded by Cindy Williams in 2009 and is the only federally-funded shelter in the state of Maryland that exclusively houses young people under 18 who are homeless.The shelter offers crisis intervention, life skills education, community services and prevention education for youth and adults, and individual and family counseling. Williams says the preferred outcome is family reunification, but the crippling effects of poverty on families and faulty public systems still at work, Williams contends, the portal of homelessness will continue to widen in Baltimore City.“The foster care system is clogged and has lost its focus,” Williams told the AFRO. In cases like Jones’ there are no public support services set up for families who just don’t have the means to support their children–or themselves. Williams has seen plenty of cases where the parent or caregiver is also homeless and the children are turned away from the Department of Social Services. The foster care system is not equipped to handle situations like this, she said, which have unfortunately become all too common place. “These young people have basically been thrown away,” said Williams. “If we don’t get a grip when it comes to supporting parents and strengthening families, we are not going to end homelessness in this city.”Loving Arms is also a place of refuge for youth who become homeless after aging out of or running away from the foster care system–those youth who become homeless when their juvenile status expires and the subsidy checks stop.“These people are paid to take care of these kids. Their job is to prepare them for independence, [and] help them transition into something stable–not warehouse them until their 18th birthday,” said Williams. Loving Arms is funded to house young people for up to 21 days. But for the most part, young people can stay as long as it takes for the staff there to pool together resources to transition residents into a viable, permanent living situations. For Jones, it took a little over three months. Today, the self-proclaimed musical genius is renting a room, attending Baltimore City Community College, works as a party promoter and is thriving on his own. “After 21 days I ain’t know what to say to [ Mrs. Williams],” said Jones. “She knew I still had nowhere to go, and she let me stay. She figured some things out for me and every since then I’ve been fine. I’ve been better than I’ve ever been in my life.”Jones is headed to Morgan State University to live on campus next fall. He’s not sure whether he’ll major in psychology or business management, but he knows he’s going to be an entrepreneur. “I’m still dealing with myself, trying to gain confidence to a level where I can really go out in the world and be myself–not ashamed of where I came from,” he said. Williams says she will continue to fight the good fight if it means more success stories like Jones’ but is tired of butting heads with a broken system. In 2015, Williams acquired two additional properties to extend Loving Arms’ reach throughout the Baltimore. One shelter is not enough. “Our kids deserve stability and permanency in their lives,” said Williams,” they need to be loved on–hard.”last_img read more

DCs Central Library Closes for Modernization

first_imgIn preparation for a major modernization effort, D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced on Feb. 3, that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will close on March 4. In addition to providing a final rendering and floor plan of the proposed changes, Reyes-Gayilan, offered an update on management of services for the city’s central library location.Once reopened, the new MLK Library will offer magnificent views of the downtown D.C., as well as new technology hubs, theaters and shops. (Courtesy photo)Construction on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will start in the summer of 2017 and continue until 2020. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, transparent entryway and sculptured stairs. Public art will be solicited for the reading room, the vestibule, and the plaza in front of the building. The art installations in the vestibule and the plaza will honor Dr. King.The closure, said Gayilan, should be relatively smooth, with historical documents and other resources parceled out to other library locations and sites across the city. “We will be looking to make access to those [Washingtonian] collections used most frequently, and while we don’t have a written [memorandum of understanding] in place, we are excited about the possibility of having the Historical Society [of Washington] serve as a temporary location for some of our staff,” Gayilan told the Washington Post.Neighborhood libraries, currently closed on Thursday mornings, will open at 9:30 a.m. A retail location, “Library Express” opens at 1990 K St. NW to house the Adult Literacy Resource Center and Center for Accessibility as well as provide a small browsing collection of books and public access to computers. The labs, which include the Fabrication, Memory, and Studio labs, will be modified and relocated.The Memory Lab will be housed at the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. Fifty laptops will be dispersed to neighborhood libraries to accommodate increased traffic.Jacintha Gray, a graduate student examining the orphanages in the District between the turn of the century and 1920, said she is excited about the changes, and remains hopeful that she can continue her research at one of the other locations. “The overhaul is necessary and is obvious to anyone who utilizes the library for concentrated research. From the elevators to the bathrooms, the whole facility turns into trying to navigate homeless people, and trying to get comfortable in less-than-inviting surroundings,” Gray told the AFRO. “This move by the library executives and the community at large, shows their commitment to making the facility conducive to real learning.”More than 70 community meetings and 13 focus groups were held across the city, hundreds of surveys submitted, and more than 4,000 people were reached in person or online. The project has been approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board, and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.As a final endeavor, on March 3, the library will screen the documentary “A Legacy of Mies and King.” This film follows architect Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, as she delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who designed the library, and King, speaks to current library visitors and participates in the District¹s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, to better envision the new building.last_img read more