Video: Ohio State Linebackers Joe Burger And Craig Fada Show Off Their Apartment On “OSU Cribs”

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State football helmet on the field.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: An Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When it comes to college housing, Ohio State football players have it pretty good. Buckeye linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada showed off their apartment on the first episode of “OSU Cribs,” and we must say, they have a pretty nice pad. There is plenty of Ohio State-themed memorabilia around, as you’d expect, but they also show off the strobe light and fog machine set up. And of course, like any good episode of Cribs, we get a look at the players’ cars.Playing football at Ohio State looks like a decent time. Not that we didn’t already know it.last_img read more

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CM announces regularisation of guest lecturers parttime teachers

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced regularisation of services of guest lecturers, part-time teachers and whole-time contractual college teachers, while at the same time coming down on the para-teachers and government employees for resorting to frequent agitation, pressing for their demands.She also made it clear that the service of the teachers would be ensured till 60 years, along with a gratuity hike for the teachers from Rs one lakh to Rs 3 lakh. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The state government would designate the guest lecturers, part-time teachers and whole-time teachers of colleges as ‘State Aided College Teachers’ (SACT). They will be divided into two categories- those who meet UGC criteria would come under Category I, while those who do not meet the UGC criteria would come under Category II,” Banerjee announced at the administrative review meeting of Howrah district at Sarat Sadan. In Category I, teachers with above 10 years of teaching experience would get Rs 30,000 per month and those with less than 10 years experience would be paid Rs 26,000. Under Category II, teachers with above 10 years experience would be paid Rs 20,000, while those with up to 10 years experience would be paid Rs 15,000. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPresently, as per figures of the state Higher Education department, there are around 13,500 such teachers in colleges, who will come under the ambit of SACT. “There will be pay protection for the teachers who currently receive higher remunerations. The teachers will get a pay hike in remuneration at the rate of 3 percent every year. Earlier it was 3 percent in three years,” Banerjee added. The Chief Minister made it clear that henceforth colleges cannot appoint any teacher without approval of the state Higher Education department and the teachers would have to take the number of classes as prescribed by the government. “During the Left Front’s tenure, the governing bodies of colleges had appointed these teachers with a paltry remuneration. These teachers had approached us and we have now decided to regularise them,” said Partha Chatterjee, state Education minister. Banerjee also hit out at the para-teachers agitating over demand of wage hike. “These teachers recruited by the erstwhile Left Front government were getting only Rs 4,000 in 2012. We have increased it to Rs 8,000 in 2018. Now, within one year, they are demanding another hike. They are threatening to call a strike. I respect teachers but what kind of educators are they who refuse to attend classes by joining a strike?” she questioned. She also hit out at a section of government employees for their continuous demand for dearness allowance (DA). “Bengal is the only state in the country that provides pension. Tripura used to give pension but it has stopped now. The IPS and IAS officers don’t get pension either. Even after paying Rs 56,000 crore as debt we provide 123 percent DA. Despite doing so much, the demands continue. Should we go on meeting their demands and stop services for common people?” she asserted. Banerjee said that DA will be given to the maximum extent possible, after receiving recommendations from the pay commission.last_img read more

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Rain lashes parts of Delhi-NCR, brings much-needed respite

first_imgNew Delhi: Rain lashed parts of Delhi-NCR region on Friday evening bringing the much-needed relief to those who were baking in the Delhi summer. The traffic was also affected due to waterlogging in different areas in city.The rain hit the Delhi-NCR region around 4 pm and there were reports that other parts too witnessed heavy rainfall. The Safdarjung observatory received 2.4 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm. The minimum temperature was recorded at 24.6 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average, while the maximum was recorded at 37.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarWhile there was some relief from scorching heat, the Delhiites also had to face traffic congestion due to waterlogging. The Delhi Traffic Police through their Twitter handle alerted commuters about the waterlogging. “Traffic is affected from R/A Apsara Border towards Anand Vihar & Singhu Border Chowk towards Sonipat due to waterlogging,” read one of the tweets. In another tweet city police said,” Traffic is affected from Azad Pur towards Bypass due to waterlogging at GTK Depot. Kindly avoid the stretch.” The traffic was also affected due to the damaged road in Wazirabad. Areas under Palam, Lodhi Road, Ridge and Ayanagar received 7.6 mm, 1.8 mm, 0.2 mm and 3.6 mm of rainfall, respectively. The humidity oscillated between 100 per cent and 53 per cent. The weatherman has forecast cloudy skies for Saturday with the possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with very light rains and gusty winds. The weather is likely to remain pleasant on Saturday and the maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover around 37 degrees and 24 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, 11 flights were diverted from Delhi airport here on Friday due to bad weather.last_img read more

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Thad Matta earns 300th win in Ohio State mens basketball season opener

OSU freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate in action during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 in Columbus. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta notched his 300th win as the Buckeyes defeated Mount St. Mary’s 76-54 in the team’s first game of the season.Matta, who is in his 12th season with the team, became OSU’s all-time winningest coach during last season’s Big Ten tournament. His OSU teams now have a record of 300-94.“I’ve always said that I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be here at Ohio State,” Matta said. “It goes back to (Alex Haley’s) old saying, ‘When you see a turtle on the fence post, you know it didn’t get there by itself.’ That’s definitely me on that fence post.”Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said Matta is deserving of his record.“That’s just another stat to add to his résumé, he’s a wonderful coach, he’s a wonderful guy and hopefully we have many to come this year,” Tate said.Tate, who missed the Buckeyes’ exhibition game against Walsh with a sprained ankle, helped lead the Buckeyes to victory with an impressive offensive showing. His 21 points were one shy of tying his career-high, and his two 3-point field goals nearly equaled his season total from his freshman campaign (three). “It definitely boosts my confidence. I’m still not where I want to be, so I have to continue to work, I can’t rest on that,” Tate said.Matta said as a coach it was rewarding to see Tate’s hard work pay off.“Jae’Sean was good. It was so exciting when he let his first three go, to see it go down. I’ve seen that kid, how diligent he’s been in terms of his work ethic and developing that,” Matta said.Two of the more veteran players on the roster, junior forward Marc Loving and sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, led the team in minutes with 35 and 38, respectively, but it was freshman center/forward Daniel Giddens who made one of the biggest impacts of the afternoon.The 6-foot-9 Mableton, Georgia, native made his presence known with 11 points in 26 minutes of hard play.“For myself individually, I just have to build on what I did today and just want to make this season a successful one,” Giddens said.Matta said he was impressed with Giddens’ play.“Daniel was everywhere. He was showing his chest, helping, getting back to his man,” Matta said. “The thing I love about Daniel is that effort is never going to be a problem for him. He’s a kid who cares, he is starving for extra work, he’s starving for finding ways to improve his game.” Giddens appeared to be calm on the court, but the freshman said he was “freaking out”  internally.“I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I’m still nervous. This is new to me,” Giddens said.Other freshmen members of the Scarlet and Gray also made their presences known. Guard JaQuan Lyle put up 12 points, the third-highest of the team, and guard A.J. Harris came off the bench, showing off his publicized speed and energy. Meanwhile, guard Austin Grandstaff nailed a 3-point attempt, his first and only shot of his young career. The Buckeyes started the game strong going into the half with a 42-21 lead and a team field-goal percentage of 56.3 percent. The Mountaineers tried to mount a comeback in the second half, at one point cutting the deficit to 13 points.“I painted the picture at halftime, I said this is what could happen and it did. We got a little bit complacent,” Matta said. “We didn’t have the pace we needed in the second half.”Turnovers were an issue for the Buckeyes throughout the game, something Tate said will get better as the season goes along.“Having such a young team, being the first game I think that played a role in that. With two freshman point guards and so many young guys, we’ll mature as the season goes on,” Tate said.Matta said the turnovers were due to not making the simple play, and there’s still a lot of teaching needed for a young Buckeye team that has games both Tuesday and Friday. “I just told them after the game, ‘You guys want to play in the NBA? Well, you’ve got an NBA schedule this week,’” Matta said. “We’ve got to prepare for Grambling, but we also got to look at what we need to get better at.”The Buckeyes are set to take the court again at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Grambling State. read more

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Crew enters home playoff contest in need of goals

An unmistakable confidence has pervaded Columbus Crew training sessions in the week leading up to this Saturday’s home-leg playoff match against the Colorado Rapids, despite trailing 1-0 in total goals scored. “We are very confident that we can overcome this deficit,” said Columbus head coach Robert Warzycha on Thursday. Warzycha’s assertiveness has rubbed off on Crew players. Andy Gruenebaum, who will be the Crew’s starting goalkeeper Saturday, is relishing the pressure. “We’re all very confident, it is true,” Gruenebaum said. “No one is freaking out, there’s no frantic behavior. This is what we play for, to be the higher seed and to have this game at home.” The Rapids were aggressive and took advantage of defensive miscues by Columbus en route to a 1-0 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the opening leg of the series on Oct. 28. Gruenebaum hopes to guide the Crew to a stronger defensive showing Saturday. “As a defensive unit, we need to keep a high line and maintain pressure on the ball and their big playmakers like Conor Casey and [Omar] Cummings,” Gruenebaum said. Robbie Rogers started in the midfield for the Crew in the first leg match at Colorado and provided insight into Saturday night’s must-win contest. “It’s positive in the locker room right now, we’ll be keeping the ball better and we’ll tighten it up on defense,” he said. With the Crew organization expecting a sizable turn-out for Saturday’s match, Rogers sees the loyal Columbus fan base as the final piece of the winning equation. “Just being here at home with all the fan groups is special,” Rogers said. “We have a close connection with all the people in this stadium. They’re the best in the MLS, so the atmosphere is going to be in our favor. This is in our hands.” read more

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Construction Of Diagnostic Centres Continues

first_img Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:diagnostic centres, jamaica, National Education Trust Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 24 (JIS) – The Government has allocated $20 million to continue the construction of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.Details of the allotment are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project will be financed through the Consolidated Fund and is being implemented by the National Education Trust.Diagnostic centres will be located at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester; and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland. The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Food Safety Handling training for the Turks and Caicos hotels

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 6, 2016 – Food Safety & Handling training for the Turks and Caicos Collection properties of Blue Haven Resort, Alexandra Resort  & The Beach House launched today.With morning and afternoon sessions all week, 150 staff of the Food & Beverage Departments are being trained by  47 year chef, Jefferey Rotz of Chefs Helping Chefs.   “You’re absolutely right, it is very practical, most of it is common sense on what we need to do to keep our food safe, and to keep our guest and our tourist that come to our beautiful island so they go back nice and healthy.  Well we’re gonna go through ways of keeping the flow of food right, danger zone,  keeping hot food hot, cold food cold, proper cooking temperatures, what temperature you need to cook each type of food, or actually each type of meat, vegetables, beef, port, fish, chicken, poultries, wild game, to make sure its safe from any food borne disease.”   This group will be the first certified in compliance with new 2016 Food and Drug  Ordinance says Wayne Garland, the new Training & Development Manager of Waterloo Investments Holdings Ltd, owners of the resorts.  “Food and beverage is a big part of what we do, so we want to make sure that all our staff have the important tools, have the skills that are necessary to deliver the service that we go out there and market.”Executive and Sous Chefs from the properties will sit an exam for Serve Safe Certification by end of the month. Related Items:last_img read more

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Arctic Char Dolly Retention Ban Continued In Stormy Lake

first_imgThe retention ban is in effect until the end of 2018. The Department has issued an the order prohibiting retention of the fish in order to manage them conservatively. According to the Department, in order to grow and become a self-sustaining population again they need additional time to mature. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The retention of Arctic char and Dolly Varden in Nikiski’s Stormy Lake is prohibited as of January 1, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Prior to the treatment Arctic char eggs were taken and reared in the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery.center_img Those fingerlings were released back into Stormy Lake in the summer of 2013 but the species has a slow growth rate, ergo taking many years to reestablish themselves. In 2012 the lake was treated with rotenone to eradicate the invasive and carnivorous northern pike which had contributed to a decline in Arctic char in the lake. Department surveys in 2014 indicated that the restoration was successful. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp3VmJennifer-on-stormy-lake-closure.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Risky Business

first_imgStill covering the rich and famous, it’s a more fitting place of work.“Trader Monthly proved ephemeral because for the decade of the 2000s, trading was hot, and then, trading was really, really not hot,” Lane says. “At Forbes, the idea of being an entrepreneur, or thinking differently, having contrarian thoughts, being smart and taking control of your own life, those are eternal messages.”“You need a brand that stands for something. That’s the most important thing.”… After Doubledown and before Forbes, Randall Lane was editor-at-large of Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Find out what he thinks of their move to go all-digital in this exclusive video interview.… The “95-Year-Old Startup”Despite the history, the luxuries of the 5th Avenue offices, the global staff, and perks that come with reporting on the world’s wealthiest individuals, the company calls itself a “95-year-old startup.” One hears “entrepreneurial spirit” and “celebration of the individual” thrown around when asking those who work there to describe the brand.Forbes, it seems, is maintaining a balance between those risk-taking values it espouses and its time-tested marquee. By bringing on people like Lane and chief product officer Lewis D’Vorkin—both formerly the heads of their own companies; both in their second stint at Forbes—it’s able to live in both worlds.Changes began when D’Vorkin’s online news startup True/Slant was bought by Forbes Media in 2010. The acquisition brought D’Vorkin and an on-going re-architecture project along with it.“We simultaneously redesigned the magazine and reinvented our entire digital operation so that it was built on the notion of putting our authoritative journalism at the center of the social media experience,” D’Vorkin says, also noting that the publication was an early-mover to the web during his time as executive editor in the 1990s.Among the more notable changes were the adoption and scaling of a vast contributor network, and the introduction of the BrandVoice (originally named AdVoice) marketing platform.The overall strategy is one that mimics the free flow on information on the greater Web. There are no paywalls or signups; there is some, but little hierarchy. Anyone with something valuable to contribute will be heard.Like the rest of the industry, Forbes seems to still be figuring out exactly how to integrate that strategy with its print product.Strictly speaking, both are performing well. Numbers are up on both mediums. They’re less certain about how one is affecting the other. Right now the effort is more of an overall branding campaign than anything quantifiable. The relationship between the two is still working itself out.“When we’re publishing to 37 million viewers [online], we are extending our brand and our content to a lot of people who are becoming more aware of the Forbes brand. And that awareness plays out across all our platforms,” D’Vorkin says.“We certainly aren’t going to hold anything for the magazine if it’s hot,” he notes however. “We put it our there when it’s current and new and fresh. That world of ‘We’ll save it for the magazine,’ does not exist in our world anymore.”Whether print or digitally-driven, Forbes has gotten a bump since Lane arrived. Ad pages are up 6 percent in 2012, while the industry as a whole, along with nearly all in their competitive set—Bloomberg Businessweek (-1.11 percent), Fortune (-5.28) and The Economist (-9.73)—have suffered declines, according to data collected by Media Industry Newsletter.WSJ. Magazine is the only competitor to have growth in ad pages over that span, up 32 percent from 2011. Part of that rapid growth is attributable to its much smaller volume, however.The pattern follows on the newsstand. Forbes was up more than 4 percent in single-copy sales year-over-year in the first half of 2012, surpassing 25,000 on average, though it dipped slightly from the end of 2011. Fortune (-10.55), Businessweek (-14.85) and The Economist (-18.46) each decreased, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.Those gains were the first since 2009, and one of a select few since the magazine reached its high-water circulation mark in the mid-2000s.Subscriptions declined slightly in the last year, but remain above where they were before Lane’s arrival despite a $7 price increase.Concurrently, comScore has reported Forbes.com has seen unique visits increase 31 percent year-over-year and 74 percent over a two-year period as of October. Forbes has also increased digital revenue 22 percent, according to its own internal figures.“It’s a magazine, it’s a daily digital experience, it’s a mobile experience which is exploding,” Lane says. “But again, they have to all be consistent with the brand.”The “Rich List”Forbes undertook what to some was a major change in its Forbes 400 list.The staple (and a cash-cow, with almost 59,000 single-copy sales) of the brand, the issue shifted from the familiar stun-the-reader-with-wealth approach, instead rebranding the 30th annual edition with a focus on philanthropy.The change, Lane says, was a natural fit. It was both indicative of a growing movement within the culture and a way to lead the audience in a new direction. While the motives were sound, execution remained imperative. It was important to engineer the change it in a way that would stay within in the brand, to not overreach.“I think if you’re a strong print brand and a strong media brand you have a point of view, and having a point of view means you use that platform to advance interests you think are beneficial,” Lane says. “So the fact that we are seen as the definitive chronicler and scorekeeper of wealth and power, it’s both consistent and the appropriate thing to do, to try and use that soapbox for good.”Lane, whose first job as a reporter at Forbes brought him into close contact with the “rich list,” is continuing to leverage both his experience and the role as the “scorekeeper of wealth and power.”The Forbes 400 event was rebooted as the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, while luxury supplement Forbes Life underwent its own overhaul. An annual 30 Under 30 feature was also launched with an accompanying event.“We did that at POV [a men’s magazine Lane founded] in the 90s, we did it at Trader Monthly,” he says. “They were huge successes. Hundreds of thousands of people read about it because there’s something about young success and young money that people are really fascinated by.”With a series of Forbes Insights conferences planned for the first quarter of 2013, Lane admits events like the Forbes 400 Summit, the 30 Under 30 party and an upcoming healthcare conference in December, are something he’d like to explore more moving forward.“Interacting with your readers, your users and your audience is something that just adds to the resonance of the experience of being part of Forbes,” he says. “It’s something marketers want, it’s something our readers and users want. It’s a win-win, as long as you’re producing things that are not tangential—that are core to your brand, that are relevant to the people attending and have a high production value.”“We’re Not Trying to Boil the Ocean”So far, the changes have been rolled out one at a time, one small bet after another.That’s one of the lessons Lane and D’Vorkin have learned, unfortunately, the hard way.“I believe in big changes that change the world, but you do it in iterative fashion,” D’Vorkin says. “We’re not trying to boil the ocean in one day.”Citing a failed project while in the programing department at AOL, D’Vorkin is adamantly against the idea of the wholesale, all-at-once shift.“One, when you spend six months or nine months or a year, and you turn on one light switch one day and you turn on a new light switch on another day, the world has changed over those months,” he says. “Two, you build such a heavy product that will collapse under you because you actually don’t know how it’s going to work. You spent all this time and then you have to go back to zero.”Throughout its existence, Doubledown embodied its constituency. Admittedly, it was started “by traders, for traders.” It was about all-or-nothing risk—occasionally even to the point of recklessness, according to some former employees.Lane, along with ex-trader and co-founder Magnus Greaves characterized their tolerance for it as unlimited—“See it, Make it, Spend it.” was the tagline of Trader Monthly. Even the name ”Doubledown,” the blackjack strategy of doubling your bet and hence both your gains and your losses, was built on a gambling metaphor.Under Lane and D’Vorkin, Forbes hasn’t been afraid to take risks—it’s continued to innovate. It’s just always mindful of doing so without compromising its 95-year-old brand. Randall Lane was working in an office building filled with unpacked boxes and exposed pipes “at the far fringe of the Garment District” when Folio: put him on the cover in 2007.Back then, he was at the head of Doubledown Media—the founder of a portfolio of high-end titles including Trader Monthly aimed at the “rock stars” of finance. Jim Dunning, the company’s chairman, floated the ambitious goal of making Doubledown into a $100 million enterprise.Revenues swelled to eight figures in just four years, then, along with the stock market bubble of the 2000s, it burst. The company abruptly and unceremoniously folded in early 2009. For his part, Dunning was said to have invested $8 million in the company.Three years later, Lane now works in a majestic neoclassical with the words “Forbes Magazine” etched in stone above the entrance. He walks up a set of white marble steps, passing, among other prized memorabilia, letters from several U.S. presidents, on the way to his office.last_img read more

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ND Tiwaris son Rohit strangled to death for sharing drink with cousins

first_imgApoorva and Rohith TiwaritwitterThe murder of politician ND Tiwari’s son Rohit had shocked the nation. And now, it has come to light that the 39-year-old was killed by his wife for sharing a drink with his cousin’s wife in his car.Rohit’s wife Apoorva Shukla, 35, is a Supreme Court advocate and they had got married in 2018. But their married life was not so cheerful and Apoorva was not happy with their life. She was arrested by Delhi Police last week and was produced before the court after his post-mortem report claimed that he died due to asphyxiation. She is currently on two days’ police custody.”She confessed that she murdered her husband and said their marriage was unhappy. She said her hopes and dreams were all dashed,” senior police officer Rajiv Ranjan told NDTV.According to the crime branch officials, the couple had a very unstable relationship and used to fight a lot, but they always used to patch up. On April 15, when Apoorva video called her husband, she saw him drinking alcohol with his cousin’s wife Kumkum from the same glass. This made her furious.Rohit had gone to Uttarakhand to cast his vote and was returning to Delhi with his mother Ujjwala and Kumkum when Apoorva called him. After returning to their Defence Colony house, a fight broke between the couple. Apoorva told Rohit to not talk to Kumkum ever again but he disregarded her warning. In a fit of rage, she pounced on Rohit and strangled him to death with her bare hands.An intoxicated Rohit was unable to overpower his wife and died. After confirming his death, Apoorva destroyed all the proof of her involvement and acted as if she had no part in the murder. She also made his mother believe her act.Rohit’s mother Ujjwala, 75, said: “When we went to immerse Rohit’s ashes at Kankhal in Haridwar, Apoorva said, ‘amma, ab tum hi mera sahaara ho’. Little did I know the post-mortem report next day would show it was an unnatural death, and that she killed my Rohit,” reports The Indian Express.She had asked Rohit’s help for an MLA ticket from Indore, but he had refused saying that he was not settled and won’t be able to provide her with one. She also used to interfere in the family’s property matters and wanted to isolate Rohit from his family.Ujjwala has claimed that her daughter-in-law did this to possess her son’s property. However, she tried to mislead the investigation officers by sharing a different story. When asked about the strangulation marks over Rohit’s neck, she had told the officials that they shared an intimate moment the night before his death.last_img read more

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Govt AL to pay price for going against SC verdict Moudud

first_imgMoudud AhmedThe BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday warned that the government and Awami League will have to pay a heavy price someday for taking a conflicting stance against the Supreme Court verdict that revoked the 16th amendment.“The government has softened its tone (regarding the verdict) as the attorney general is now saying no one should make any comment on the verdict without going through it. It suggests you’ve made all the remarks earlier against the verdict without reading it,” he said.Speaking at a milad and doa mahfil, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader further said, “This regime and the ruling party must pay a price someday for taking a conflicting stance against the verdict. They’ll pay the price…”Dhaka south city unit BNP organised the programme at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office seeking early recovery of its chairperson Khaleda Zia who underwent a surgery in her right eye in London recently.Moudud said it is unimaginable that the government and the ruling party have been challenging a Supreme Court verdict and making unguarded remarks about the judiciary.“Through such acts, they’ve proved they never believed in the independence of the judiciary in the past and they also don’t do it now either.”He said it is the Awami League which had put the judiciary under the control of the administration in 1975 by establishing a one-party, Bakshal, rule and giving the president to remove any judge any time. “So, this party’s track record is not good.”The BNP leader also said the ruling party leaders’ reckless comments against the chief justice are painful and regrettable.“They’re even saying an English daily’s editor has written the 16th amendment verdict. If this true, it’s you who have appointed them judges. You’ll be held responsible for it, if they can’t write judgments. They’re making such false and derogatory remarks.”He alleged that the ministers and the ruling party leaders are destroying the dignity and image of the Supreme Court with their ‘false’ remarks.Moudud came down hard on the government for what he said its failure to stand by flood victims with adequate relief materials.He also described prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to flood-hit Kurigram and Dinajpur as eyewash.“The prime minister went to (visit flood victims) for a single day after so many days. Her party secretary general also went (to visit flood victims) for a day. This is nothing, but eyewash.”Hasina on Sunday visited Dinajpur and Kurigram to see for herself the condition of the flood victims of the two northern districts.Referring to media reports, Moudud accused the ruling party men of indulging in various irregularities and misappropriation while distributing relief.“They’ve completely failed to carry out relief activities. We condemn and protest it.”The BNP leader called upon their party leaders and activists to stand by the flood victims with their best efforts as one-third areas of the country have been affected by flood.The BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said the government is least bothered about the sufferings of the flood victims of the country’s northern region.“People are dying and going through serious ordeal, but they (ministers) are busy with the Supreme Court verdict on 16th constitutional amendment only to secure their power.”He also alleged that there is a speculation that the government is regulating the media so that they cannot depict the real scenario of the flood and its devastation.Abbas criticised AL general secretary Obaidul Quader for his comment that the BNP has no capacity to wage a movement, saying as to why the government is not allowing their party even to hold a rally if it is true.“If you’re brave enough, then allow our Dhaka north and south units to hold rallies in the capital.”last_img read more

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Dhaka needs global coalition to solve Rohingya issue Zarni

first_imgMyanmar dissident and rights activist Maung ZarniA Myanmar dissent and rights activist has underlined the importance of Bangladesh’s initiative to form a broader international coalition to resolve the Rohingya issue, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.As roughly one million Rohingya refugees have taken shelter in Bangladesh, Maung Zarni reportedly recommended that Dhaka should mobilise the international community by organising a wider global conference in Dhaka to determine the future of the Rohingyas who are Myanmar nationals.To solve the Rohingya issue “there has to be some form of intervention. I don’t mean the military intervention. There are different types of intervention,” Zarni told the AA in an interview on ‘Global Genocide Day’.Anadolu’s Sorwar Alam quoted Maung Zarni as regretting that four regional powers plus Israel either support or protect Myanmar’s genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority group in the western Rakhine state.”No genocide is ever committed by a single nation state. Whenever genocide is committed there has always been coalition of friends that either supports the criminal regime or that protects the regime,” the Myanmar activist was quoted to have said.Russia, China, India, Japan and Israel have both economic and military interests in Myanmar, Anadolu said referring to Zarni.The genocide in Myanmar is committed “with the collaboration, complicity and support of” these states, he reportedly said, suggesting that a “counter alliance” against these states is crucial to resolve issues such as their safe repatriation.The Rohingya, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.According to Amnesty International, more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees, mostly children and women, fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh after Myanmar forces launched a crackdown on the minority Muslim community.Zarni, as Anadolu wrote, went on to say that Dhaka should form an “alternative alliance” along with Latin and North American states, EU, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, and other countries that oppose the Rohingya genocide at the UN Human Rights Council.Zarni, who is a member of the board of advisors of Genocide Watch and a non-resident fellow at Genocide Documentation Center in Sleuk Rith Institute, Cambodia, was quoted to have suggested that talking to Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to resolve the Rohingya crisis “is utterly useless”.last_img read more

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Death toll in Indonesia quake hits 131

first_imgA child holds up a placard that reads ‘pray for Lombok’ during an earthquake evacuation drill in Medan, on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra on 8 August. Photo: AFPThe death toll from a shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok has risen above 130, officials said Wednesday, with some 156,000 forced from their homes.The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake triggered panic among locals and tourists on Lombok on Sunday, just a week after another tremor surged through the holiday island and killed 17.Around 1,477 people have been severely injured in the latest quake, with tens of thousands of homes damaged, and authorities have appealed for more medical personnel and basic supplies.“We estimate the death toll of 131 will keep rising,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.Workers with heavy machinery resumed searching through the rubble of homes, schools and mosques Wednesday, with hope of finding any survivors fading.Muhammad Zainul Majdi, the governor of West Nusa Tenggara province which covers Lombok, said there was a dire need for medical staff, food and medicine in the worst-hit areas.Hundreds of bloodied and bandaged victims have been treated outside damaged hospitals in the main city of Mataram and other badly affected areas.“We have limited human resources. Some paramedics have to be at the shelters, some need to be mobile,” Majdi told AFP.“The scale of this quake is massive for us here in West Nusa Tenggara, this is our first experience.”Some evacuees are grappling with the traumatic scenes of death and destruction that accompanied the quake.“I saw my neighbour get stuck in the rubble and die. He asked me for help, but I couldn’t help him, we just ran to help ourselves,” Johriah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told AFP tearfully.The Indonesian Red Cross said it had set up 10 mobile clinics in the north of the island and a field hospital had been established near an evacuation centre catering to more than 500 people in the village of Tanjung.Kurniawan Eko Wibowo, a doctor at the field hospital, said most patients were suffering broken bones and head injuries.“We lack the infrastructure to perform operations because (they) need to be performed in a sterile place,” Wibowo told AFP.Destruction almost 100 per centAcross much of the island, once-bustling villages have been turned into virtual ghost towns.“In some villages we visited the destruction was almost 100 per cent, all houses collapsed, roads are cracked and bridges were broken,” said Arifin Muhammad Hadi, a spokesman for the Indonesian Red Cross.Makeshift encampments have popped up on the side of roads and rice fields, with many farmers reluctant to move far from their damaged homes and leave precious livestock behind.“It’s typical of earthquake victims in Indonesia, they want to stay close to their livelihood, they can’t bring their livestock to the shelters,” Hadi said.Local authorities, international relief groups and the central government have begun organising aid, but shattered roads have slowed efforts to reach survivors in the mountainous north and east of Lombok, which was hardest hit.The Indonesian military said that three Hercules transporter planes packed with much-needed food, medication, blankets, tents and water tanks have now arrived in Lombok.But some evacuees have complained of being ignored or of experiencing long delays for supplies to arrive at shelters.“There has been no help at all here,” said 36-year-old Multazam, who was staying with hundreds of others under tarpaulins on a dry paddy field outside West Pemenang village.“We have no clean water, so if we want to go to the toilet we use a small river nearby,” he said, adding they needed food, bedding and medicine.Tourists fleeThe quake struck as evening prayers were being said across the Muslim-majority island and there are fears that one collapsed mosque in north Lombok had been filled with worshippers.Crews using heavy equipment resumed the search Wednesday for survivors in the mosque, now reduced to a pile of concrete and metal bars, with its towering green dome folded in on itself.Rescuers have found three bodies and also managed to pull one man alive from the twisted wreckage.“We estimate there are still more victims because we found many sandals in front of the mosque,” Nugroho said Tuesday.Among other major buildings to collapse were a health clinic, government offices and other public facilities, he added.Meanwhile, the evacuation of tourists from the Gili Islands-three tiny, coral-fringed tropical islands off the northwest coast of Lombok-has finished, officials said.“Most foreign tourists have been evacuated,” Yusuf Latif, national search and rescue team spokesman, told AFP.Lombok airport’s general manager said airlines had laid on extra flights and his staff had been providing blankets and snacks.last_img read more

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Bangladeshs returning migrants struggle at home

first_imgSurvivors of a boat carrying migrants that sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, gather at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File PhotoLike many poor Bangladeshis, Komol Shohlagar thought moving overseas for work would change his life. It did – but not in the way he hoped.Shohlagar, 33, travelled to Libya with people smugglers in the hope of reaching Europe, but when he got there, the smugglers held him captive to extort money from his family.He was only freed after they paid $14,000 to get him back – money they had to borrow from loan sharks. When he finally returned to Bangladesh last year, he was jobless and saddled with huge debts – a situation that left him feeling suicidal.”I was really depressed. My family had borrowed a lot of money to save me,” Shohlagar told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”The lenders came home every other day and threatened us. There were times when I thought about taking a rope and hanging myself.”Charities in Bangladesh say thousands of returning migrants face such struggles and little official help is available.Many are victims of trafficking, but have little redress for the crimes they have suffered in Bangladesh. The country depends heavily on foreign remittances and has an official policy of encouraging citizens to look for jobs abroad.According to official data, at least 1 million Bangladeshis secured jobs overseas in 2017 – the highest number ever recorded.But the system depends largely on unlicensed brokers working in rural areas and opens the door to trafficking and cheating.Last month, 64 Bangladeshi migrants hoping to get to Europe had to be rescued from a boat off Tunisia. In May, 37 drowned in the same region when their boat capsized.”The state does not have a proper system to support the returnees,” said Shariful Hasan, who heads the migration department of Bangladeshi aid group BRAC.”All our policies are focused on sending people abroad. We don’t even have a system that can count the total number of returnees every year.”Abu Bakar Siddique, the civil servant who leads the home ministry’s anti-trafficking work, acknowledged the government needed to develop a system of support for the returnees.One of the survivors of a boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean during the night of 9 and 10 May, rests at a shelter in the Tunisian coastal city of Zarzis on 11 May 2019. AFP File Photo”For now, what we do is, we ensure that the victims reach their families,” he said. “With the kind of capacity that we have, this is what’s possible.”We do work with girls who were trafficked to India. We also have shelters for victims. But as far as counselling is concerned, it’s not something that we have not managed to do effectively. We have to develop our system.”False PromiseThere is no official data on how many migrants are defrauded, but charities say thousands return to Bangladesh every year after being cheated abroad.A 2017 study by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, a migrants rights group, found 51 per cent of returning migrants had experienced fraud or degrading treatment while abroad.Nearly one in five of those who paid to be taken abroad did not even make it out of the country, it found.Stories like Shohlagar’s are common.The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), which helps repatriate migrants, said many were left with little choice but to go abroad again to try to pay off their debts.”Due to the mounting pressure from the money lenders to pay back the loan, they (migrants) are unable to stay in their house upon return,” said Pravina Gurung, the IOM’s head of migration and development.”The result of an inability to achieve economic self-sufficiency, social re-integration and psychosocial suffering often lead them to another unsafe migration attempt, further debt, and even suicide.”One of a migrants, who were rescued after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian Coast after they had left Libya, is seen inside a local Red Cresent chapter in Zarzis, Tunisia on 11 May 2019. Reuters File PhotoMohammad Jakir Hossen, 40, worked as a technician in a garment factory before he paid a broker to take him to Italy in search of more lucrative work.Instead he was taken to Libya, where he was made to work by traffickers who took a cut of his salary, holding him there with the false promise that he would eventually make it to Italy.Since he returned to Dhaka he has been running a roadside fruit stall, with little hope of making back the $5,000 he borrowed to pay for the trip. But he said he would do the same again.”You may think that I am crazy, but if I get a chance to go outside, I will take a loan again,” Hossen said. “Five people including my old mother depend upon me right now. And what I earn is clearly not enough.”BRAC, one of the few local organisations that provide support to the returnees, follows a three-fold approach, said Hasan, offering practical help with their return, financial help, and counselling.Kamal Chowdhury, an associate professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology at Dhaka University, has counselled migrant returnees.Some had been raped or sexually harassed and all need help, he said, urging the government to make assessments of returnees mandatory.”Migrant workers return home with dreams that are broken,” he said.last_img read more

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Paxton Launches Website To Help Combat Opioid Abuse

first_imgOffice of Texas Attorney GeneralTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton during the presentation of the website doseofreality.texas.gov on January 22, 2019.Texas has a new resource to help combat opioid abuse — a website called “Dose of Reality” that Attorney General Ken Paxton unveiled Tuesday.Each day, 115 Americans die because of opioid overdoses and there were 1,375 opioid-related deaths in Texas in 2016, according to Paxton’s office. OxyContin and hydrocodone are popular opioids that can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain.“The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids cost lives and devastate Texas families in every region of our state,” the Attorney General said in a news release.The new website (DoseofReality.Texas.gov) has information on preventing opioid abuse and addiction, proper pain management, and safe storage of prescription painkillers as well as guidelines for how to respond to an opioid overdose. It also has a map of locations that accept prescription opioids for safe disposal.  Last May, Paxton filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Purdue Pharma for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act involving the company’s prescription opioids, including OxyContin. Sharelast_img read more

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Pawing for greater good

first_img‘I’ve been attached to colours ever since I can remember. Not a specific one, just the fact that they change your opinion and outlook of the ordinary,’ quips Tulika Mohan.The 14-year-old painter has created a collection of 14 paintings for an exhibition titled Colours in Progress. ‘All my artworks started with something and are still continuing. I started out with oil but later moved to acrylics since the former took  longer to dry,’ said Tulika.All her paintings are marked by a plethora of colours over the canvas. ‘ I am not partial to any particular colour. I believe all the colours have a story to tell,’ added the ninth grade student. Priced between Rs 4,000- Rs 20,000, the exhibition’s sale proceedings will be donated to Friendicoes SECA, an NGO actively involved in animal rescue. ‘My mother gave me a choice to donate all the earnings to the charity of my choice, so  I decided to donate all the money to them,’ she says.DETAILAt: Experimental Art Gallery, Core 6, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadOn Till: 25 November Timings: 11am to 7pmlast_img read more

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