What keeps stone arches from falling down?

first_imgPeople often wonder how delicate arches and finely balanced pillars of stone stand up to the stress of holding up their own immense weight. Actually, new research suggests, it’s that stress that helps pack individual grains of sand together and slows erosion of the formations. In lab experiments, scientists dropped small blocks of loosely consolidated sandstone into water—and watched them completely fall apart as the water dissolved minerals holding the grains together. But when the scientists placed weights on top of the sandstone samples before submersing them, disintegration ceased once stress in the eroding column rose to a certain threshold that packed the sand grains into a strong, rocklike material, the researchers report online today in Nature Geoscience. In other tests, weight-induced stress similarly protected samples against complete erosion from simulated rainfall. At large scale in the real world, stress transmitted through arches and pillars to their bases (in landforms such as Delicate Arch in Utah’s Arches National Park, shown) slows down—but doesn’t stop—natural sculpting due to wind and water, the researchers say. Bits of the landform that don’t bear weight are among the first to wear away, which helps explain why arches are often unusually smooth. Cracks, fissures, and soft layers in rock formations influence the shapes these natural sculptures take as they evolve.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0 goes on sale for Rs 17,825

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Tab4 7.0 has been spotted on Flipkart for Rs 17,825.Available in black and white colours, the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is yet to be listed on its official online store in India.Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 series having three tablets–Tab4 7.0, Galaxy Tab4 8.0 and Tab4 10.1–was announced in April this year.The Tab4 7.0 comes with a 7-inch screen having 1280×800 resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and sports a 3-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel snapper. Its internal storage stands at 8GB and has a microSD slot for memory expansion. It packs a 4,000 mAh battery.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 comes with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.last_img

North East Sunfeast Cup tournament to kick off from Sep 22

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 15 (PTI) The first edition of the North East Sunfeast Cup Football tournament will begin from September 22 in six places across the region. “More than 250 teams and 3,000 players from different parts of the North East will participate in the six chapters of the tournament to be held in Guwahati, Jorhat, Aizwal, Itanagar, Shillong and Imphal,” SPT Sports, the organisers, said in a statement. The tournament, to be held under the aegis of respective state football associations along with event sponsor Sunfeast ? Foods Division of ITC, will continue for a period of around two months and the teams will be divided into two categories — U-13 and U-16. The competition will commence on September 22, 2015 at Nehru Stadium, Guwahati. The last date for registration for Guwahati chapter has been extended by two days till September 17, SPT Sports said. “A slew of digital and on ground initiatives have been planned to make the football experience all the more memorable,” it added. PTI TR NNlast_img read more

Kochi fit for U-17 World Cup, core infra completed: LoC boss

first_imgKochi, May 18 (PTI) The Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi was today declared fit for hosting the prestigious FIFA U-17 World Cup. Tournament director of the Local Organising Committee, Javier Ceppi made the announcement at a press conference here after inspecting the works being carried out in the stadium and the training sites here. “At this point of time, we are happy to say that Kochi is a World Cup venue. There would be eight matches to be played in Kochi,” he said. “The core infrastructure has been completed and only those which are meant to be completed closer to the tournament are left,” he added. The stadium, which boasts of a capacity of 60,000 people, will, however, accommodate a maximum of 41,748 persons for the tournament considering the safety and security of spectators. “The stadium is fit for accommodating 41,748 people. Not a single person more,” Ceppi said, adding that the decision to cut down the number of people to be accommodated was made after an assessment by the experts regarding evacuation measures in case of an emergency. In all stadiums (across six host cities), the capacity has been reduced considering the safety and security of players and spectators,” Ceppi said. “Now we are very sure that with that capacity that this stadium can provide to the spectators safety and well being,” he said. He said no shops would be allowed to work inside the stadium premises during the tournament which will held from October 6-28 in six Indian cities. The organising committee will make sure that the content in the shops are removed and vacated,” he said. Ceppi described as “tremendous” the works that have been done on to the stadium and also on to the training sites. The official said the amount of work that have been done by the stakeholders including the GCDA, state and central government and local football associations to host the prestigious football event is “commendable.” “Match schedule has been finalised. I dont know who has said that Koch was demoted. That is not the case. Kochi was always going to get eight matches,” Ceppi said. The progress in works in stadiums and venues were made in two months following the visit of a FIFA inspection team which had expressed deep concern over the pace of work at the stadium. They had set May 15 as the deadline for completing the work. Visiting the stadium late last month, Sports Minister Vijay Goel had expressed disappointment over the delay in completion of works. The Local Organising Committee of FIFA U-17 World Cup had earlier this month asserted that Kochi was on its way to complete preparation work by May 15. It was in October last year that Kochi was officially declared as one of the venues for hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup by a high-level delegation of footballs world body. Besides Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ceppi also visited the training grounds — at Parade Ground, Fort Kochi Veli Football Ground, Maharajas College Ground and Government Boys High School Panampilly Nagar. PTI TGB PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

A career in photography: Time is right but competition is intense

first_imgWe live in a world of instant photography, where devices like smartphones are able to freeze multiple cherishable moments at the click of a button. Think about the same a decade or two ago. In the past, clicking an image was restricted to the privileged and people had to spend a fortune in order to buy a camera or even get a high-quality picture clicked. Now, tens of hundreds of digital images and videos can be captured saved, processed and printed within minutes.Thanks to smartphones that are equipped with superlative cameras, smartphone photography has become an inextricable part of our lives. What was once deemed to be an expensive passion has now become an affordable and friendly hobby with these handheld smart devices. The journey of the cameraFrom pinhole cameras, daguerreotype cameras, box cameras, flashbulbs, 35mm cameras to polaroids, the evolution of photography as a medium of expression has been immense. Several inventors worked on the chemicals, parts and processes to reproduce pictures, but it was in the 19th century that the modern camera came into existence. Until then, it was a tedious task to carry spare photo films, batteries and then wait for days or weeks to get the shots processed into prints.A traditional camera meant that a film must be developed before viewing, which meant a photographer had to very careful about his clicks or else he would end up developing poor images.Now however, gone are those days when people had to rush to photo labs to get their memories printed into an album. The birth of digital cameras has made the process much faster and easier, where images can be stored in a computer, viewed on the screen immediately, and printed as per a person’s selection.advertisementThese days, with further technological advancements, most of the cameras are equipped with WiFi and GPS that enable quick transferring of images along with registering the location of the photographs as well. Why is photography a good career to pursue now?In a report titled ‘Digital Photography Market (Photo Processing Equipment, Interchangeable Lenses, Camera Cell Phones, Non Reflex and Others) for Photography Software, Photo Looks, Photo Processing and Others Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015-2021’, Zion Market Research stated that the global demand for digital photography is expected to reach approximately USD 110.79 billion in 2021, growing at a CAGR of slightly above 6.1 per cent between 2016 and 2021.Imagine being able to freeze the motion of a speeding leopard in a forest or a butterfly feeding on a flower or being able to capture the sun and stars from a distance. Photography not only has the ability to inspire your imagination but can also document your journey through life.People are able to see more, learn more and enhance their knowledge by gaining access to images drawn from several places across the world. For instance, a lot of historic moments since the birth of the camera have been captured with the help of photography. This has helped us understand matters of social progress mankind has made along with evoking a sense of nostalgia in them. Reasons behind the rising need for good photographers:The need for instant photo solutions and the ease at which photographs can be taken has given a boost to the photography market. People are keen to share their experiences of whatever they do or see through images or videos. Photography has become the most powerful tool to communicate and express oneselfWhile smartphones are helping to capture an image, edit it, and upload it within minutes, DSLRs have changed the way people perceive photography with companies such as Canon, Nikon, and Fuji offering a myriad of ever-evolving lenses for telephoto shoots, close-up photography, sports photography, food photography, etcThese days, photographs have become a vital part of social media accounts, newspapers, magazines and even television New photographs are taken every day and most of the well-known photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram, Flickr and Tumbler are inundated with images. With several applications and services to edit photographs and beautify them, consumers are able to create quality photos themselves anytime, anywhere High-quality photos are now a mark of social statusThe advent of digital cameras and the rising need for good photographers has paved the way for many to choose photography as a career option. Reason: High-quality photographs help to determine the social image of a person and make them popular icons in the social stratosphere.For instance, wedding photography is no more about just having one’s image captured while tying the knot. Nobody is keen to pose in the same predictable manner or fill their albums with images of jewellery, decor and random faces. Couples are travelling to picture-perfect locations, making use of props and are experimenting with different lights to capture their special moments.advertisement Increasing career options, rising competitionThe professional photography market is turning out to be a competitive place for young and budding photographers with a rise in public interest in various types of photography. The photography and print industry have grown substantially with photography being seen as an elite profession. This has also led to the growth of high-end camera phones and photography equipments. Photography has undergone an amazing metamorphosis; there are umpteen career options within the photography industry that exist now unlike five to 10 years ago. There is a steady business proposition for those who have the knack and interest in beautifully capturing everything from wildlife and events to birthday parties and house-warming functions.Digital cameras have made it easier for people to start a photography business of their own. What is required of an enthusiast is to invest in a high-end camera, learn the nitty-gritties of photography and then start clicking pictures as per the likes of a customer.Keep looking at and learning from the work of world famous photographers as it will help train your eye in the aesthetic appeal of photographs. That is something no trainer or photography course can teach you. The professional photography market is turning out to be a competitive one. Thus every photographer needs the drive and talent in abundance in order to stand out from the crowd.– Authored by Ranjit Yadav, Managing Director, Canvera Digital Technologies Pvt Ltd.Read: 5 ways to decide if your chosen career suits your aptitude Click here for education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Wenger feared match would be called off

first_imgUEFA Europa League Wenger feared Europa League clash would be called off amid fan chaos Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 07:37 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Arsene Wenger Arsenal Dan Mullan UEFA Europa League Arsenal Köln Arsenal v Köln Arsène Wenger The Arsenal manager revealed he was preparing for the fixture against the German visitors to be abandoned due to safety concerns Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he feared Thursday’s Europa League opener against Cologne would be cancelled after kick-off was delayed due to crowd problems.Gunners 7/1 to win Europa LeagueWenger’s men prevailed 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium, not before the clash was pushed back by one hour to 21.05 BST because of crowd congestion in London. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A reported 20,000 Cologne fans descended on London despite only 3,000 tickets being available, while some German supporters made their way into the home end as riot police were deployed inside and outside the stadium.Speaking after substitute Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin ensured Arsenal got off to a winning start in Group H following Jhon Cordoba’s stunning 40-yard opener for Cologne, Wenger told reporters: “We waited patiently in our dressing room but what was difficult for me was that I had all kinds of plans to think about.”Do we play tomorrow? At what time do we want to play? Do we play next week? But they have a Bundesliga game midweek, we have a League Cup game midweek. Do we move it to Tuesday and play Thursday? It was all kinds of speculations that we had to analyse.”In the end, at some stage, I thought they will not play the game. I can’t see the police taking any risk. We live in a society of 100 per cent security.Wenger quote“I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium but I must say our supporters dealt well with the situation. There was no aggravation and I hope everything goes well after the game.”Was it the right decision? If nothing happens after the game, yes.”[The Cologne fans] were very clever. I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well. I don’t know did they go through Arsenal membership, on the internet. But they did very well.”last_img read more

Ancelotti appointed Napoli boss

first_imgSerie A Ancelotti appointed Napoli boss following Sarri exit Last updated 1 year ago 01:39 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Carlo Ancelotti Bayern Munich press conference Getty Images Serie A Napoli The Champions League-winning boss will attempt to win a second Italian crown from the dugout, having previously tasted Serie A success with AC Milan Napoli have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach on a three-year contract, replacing Maurizio Sarri in the post.Sarri’s departure was confirmed after president Aurelio De Laurentiis said time had run out for the coach to commit his future to the Partenopei, amid links to Chelsea.Napoli collected a club-record 91 points but missed out on the Serie A title to Juventus, who won a seventh successive Scudetti. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ancelotti will be charged with ending Juve’s dominance in Italy, Massimiliano Allegri having led the Bianconeri to four consecutive domestic doubles.The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain coach has been out of work since being sacked by Bayern Munich in September. The 58-year-old began his coaching career at Reggiana before moving on to Parma, Juventus and AC Milan. His first job outside Italy was at Chelsea, but thereafter he moved to Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern before returning to his homeland.He is one of an elite group of men to have won the Champions League both as a player and a manager, doing so on two occasions in each role with Milan, plus once with Real Madrid as a coach.Ancelotti has enjoyed success in Italy, most notably with the San Siro club, where he won Serie A in 2003-04 – his sole Scudetto as a coach to date.Sarri, meanwhile, has been strongly linked with a move to another of Ancelotti’s former clubs, Chelsea, where he would succeed fellow Italian Antonio Conte, who looks set to leave Stamford Bridge despite delivering the FA Cup.last_img read more

Russia Trump wades more forcefully into feud with sanctions support for UK

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration waded more forcefully Thursday into Russia’s dispute with the western world, imposing sanctions to punish election meddling and computer attacks on key infrastructure, and expressing solidarity with allies following a brazen chemical attack on British soil.The U.S. froze American assets held by 19 Russians, as well as transactions with those individuals, in response to recently revealed propaganda efforts during the 2016 election, as well as cyberattacks that targeted energy, nuclear, water and aviation facilities, and other infrastructure.Washington also brushed aside ambiguity about whether it would support the U.K.: in a joint statement with France and Germany, all four countries condemned what they called the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.The U.K. had thoroughly briefed its allies on known details of the attack, and the countries all share the assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation to Russia being the culprit, Thursday’s statement declared.“It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it,” said President Donald Trump, who has generally been reluctant to criticize Russia.“(It’s) something that should never, ever happen. And we’re taking it very seriously, as, I think, are many others.”His administration slapped financial sanctions against many of the same individuals recently charged in the Robert Mueller probe. Mueller alleged that Russians set up a disinformation unit that spread propaganda and violated American election laws in 2016.It described other ominous activity as well.Since at least March 2016, the U.S. says, Russian government cyber-actors have targeted U.S. government entities and critical infrastructure through a variety of penetration methods, including hoax emails.A senior U.S. national-security official, briefing journalists on condition of anonymity, called it “a multi-stage attack campaign” against “the systems that run our factories, and our grid.” The attacks are ongoing, he continued, but all the known penetrated systems have been protected.“This is a series of actions (we’re taking against Russia),” said the official.“We’re going to continue those actions to increase pressure on Russia until they change their behaviour, and become responsible members of the international community.”The Russians responded with frustration and professed disbelief. They have already warned that any action against them will be met with a reaction, including booting out foreign journalists in their own state-run networks.Britain says blame for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury lies with the Russian state. Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats, severed high-level contacts with Moscow and vowed to take both open and covert actions against Russian dirty money and “hostile state activity.”Russia has dismissed the nerve-attack accusations as pure speculation; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would “certainly” expel some British diplomats soon in retaliation.On Thursday, one Russian lawmaker suggested the attack could have been staged by anyone — even the U.S., or a NATO partner.“The Americans had access not only to the technology, but had access to its development,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Alexei Chepa, the deputy chairman of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee, as saying.“In all likelihood, their NATO partners from Britain also had this access.”In addition to the election meddling and infrastructure attacks, the U.S. cited the Feb. 15 NotPetya cyberattack, attributed to the Russian military, as another reason for its decision to impose sanctions.The U.S. called the Feb. 15 incident the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history, resulting in billions in damage across several continents, as well as disruptions to global shipping, trade, and the production of medicines.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.K. will also have Canada’s support.“We offer our close friend and NATO ally … our sympathy regarding the despicable poisoning,” Trudeau said.“Canada is unwavering in its commitment to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom can count on Canada’s full support in efforts to hold Russia to account for this unacceptable and unlawful behaviour.”Despite Thursday’s actions, meanwhile, U.S. Democrats continued to insist the president remains bizarrely reticent when it comes to Russia. The White House insisted Trump has been tough, an assertion questioned by the opposition party.They noted that most of the people punished Thursday had been previously charged in the Mueller probe — which Trump keeps criticizing.“(U.S.) Treasury will finally punish Russian individuals who, for the most part, were already indicted or subject to sanctions,” tweeted Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House intelligence committee.“This from the president who said he was tougher on Russia than Obama. These sanctions will send a message to Russia, just not the one we want to send.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tesla to pay off 920M in bonds with company cash

Tesla Inc. will pay off $920 million worth of bonds when they come due on Friday, using up about one quarter of the cash available for capital spending and future debt payments.The electric car and solar panel company and debt holders had the option of converting the bonds to stock if the price hit an average of $359.87 over several trading periods ahead of Friday’s maturity date.But that didn’t happen. Shares haven’t closed that high since Dec. 14, and they have traded around $300 during the time the debt could be converted.Tesla says in its annual report that intends to pay the debt in cash. The company had $3.7 billion at the end of last year.The payment won’t reduce the cash to a troublesome level, at least not yet, but Tesla has billions more in debt due in the coming years, said Morningstar analyst David Whiston. “They’ll clearly have to generate more cash,” he said.Whiston said the company may need more cash generated from another new model to retire debt that comes due during the next four years. Tesla has planned to start building its Model Y small SUV in high volumes by the end of next year.A Tesla spokesman declined comment on the payment, deferring to the company’s earnings release that said the company has “sufficient cash on hand to comfortably settle in cash our convertible bond that will mature in March 2019.”Tesla has been adding cash since production and sales of its Model 3 midsize sedan grew during the second half of last year. The company’s fourth-quarter investment letter says the cash balance increased by $718 million from October through December.Tesla had about $11 billion in debt at the end of 2018, including $566 million worth of notes that come due in November and a $1.1 billion credit line that’s due in June of 2020. There also are $1.38 billion notes that mature in March of 2021 and another $978 million due in March of 2022.Whiston said the company may have to raise more capital by selling shares, or it could refinance the debt.The Associated Press read more

Role of social innovation highlighted at UN forum focusing on Latin America

The United Nations development chief today stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills. “The region is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but the effects of the global economic crisis – combined with the food crisis – threaten to jeopardize the gains,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said, referring to the set of globally agreed targets to halve poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other problems, all by 2015. “For this reason, social policies play a key role to promote human development, and the region shows several good examples, particularly through conditional cash transfer programmes,” she told the Third Forum for Social Strategic Thinking in Latin America, a two-day meeting which began at UN Headquarters in New York today. As forecasted by a UN report released last November, the global economic crisis has increased the number of the poor in Latin America by 9 million in 2010 and has added another 2.5 million individuals to the ranks of the unemployed in the region. Governments in the region have reacted quickly, UNDP noted in a news release, with many having strengthened job security plans and social programmes as a means to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis. Conditional cash transfer programmes have played a substantial role in the design of such social policies, the agency pointed out, citing Oportunidades (Opportunities) in Mexico, Bolsa Familia (Family Grant) in Brazil and Familias en Acción (Families in Action) in Colombia, which along with other programmes, are reaching over 22 million households in 17 countries in the region. The Forum, convened to discuss social policy innovations to respond to the economic crisis, was opened by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in the field of microcredit, and includes the participation of over 35 ministers and officials in charge of social affairs from 17 Latin America nations. “The financial crisis can be seen as an opportunity,” said Mr. Yunus. “This is the moment to redesign social programmes, stimulating social businesses and self-employment for the poor, particularly women. “Human beings have unlimited capacity. All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. If you ask me how to fight poverty, I’d sum it up like this: credit,” he stated. 22 February 2010The United Nations development chief today stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills. read more

Economist Jack Mintz says Liberals should take time on infrastructure spending

OTTAWA — A noted economist says the incoming Liberal government should slow its grand plan for billions in new infrastructure spending to make sure the money provides the most economic bang.Jack Mintz says the infrastructure program should emphasize what he calls “productivity enhancing infrastructure,” such as roads, highways, rail lines and ports that can shorten commutes for workers in cities and more easily move products to foreign markets.A federal government that stressed that type of spending, as opposed to “social infrastructure” as the Liberals have promised as well, would stimulate long-term economic growth, Mintz said.“That’s where the emphasis should be,” he said at a Monday news conference on Parliament Hill. “Let’s move people, let’s move goods and have a stronger economy as a result.”The Liberals have vowed to boost infrastructure spending by almost $17 billion over the next four years, financing the effort through three years of deficits. The majority of the new spending, $10.05 billion, is planned to happen in the next two years, with $6.9 billion earmarked for the last two years of the Liberal mandate.The promise was a cornerstone of the Liberal campaign that won the party a majority government in last month’s federal election.The $10-million lifetime tax bill: Welcome to Trudeau’s new tax rateCanada’s weak economic growth could get boost from Trudeau’s stimulus, economists sayBut despite what prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau said on the campaign trail, the country isn’t in a recession, Mintz said, which means the Liberals should take their time and slow the spending spree.“We can take time,” Mintz said. “We don’t need infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy. We need infrastructure spending to grow the economy and I think we should make the right choices and take our time and do it properly.“That would be a far better strategy to achieve, I think, what could be a really important growth strategy for the country in the next several years.”Mintz said that idea should be one of the key conclusions from a series of three research papers released Monday by the University of Calgary’s school of public policy. The papers look at the state of the country’s infrastructure and how the federal government should help pay for its renewal.The studies argue the federal government should get out of the business of funding small infrastructure projects directly and instead give more money directly to cities through provinces to spend on their infrastructure needs.The researchers found that since 2002, more than half of the 8,000 projects that received matching funds from the federal government cost less than $1 million. About 1,000 of those projects were below $100,000 in value.These small projects carry extra administrative costs that would be better directed to larger endeavours that may take more time to break ground, the researchers said. The papers also argue for giving block funding to provinces — and cities by extension — with some strings attached to make sure money is spent where it’s needed most.The outgoing Conservatives were criticized for spending more money from its key infrastructure programs on projects in Tory-friendly ridings. That funding often came with a requirement for signs labelling the projects as part of the Conservative economic action plan.Mintz said the federal government should not direct this block funding to specific projects and should create an arm’s-length agency to evaluate projects for their economic benefits. The current model could lead to political interference, with governments choosing projects that produce the most votes.The group also argued that cities overseeing the majority of infrastructure in the country should charge user fees to pay for their upkeep. read more

UN Mission in DR of Congo pays tribute to latest two of

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has paid tribute to two soldiers whose deaths in March brought the toll for peacekeepers in the country to 27.The mission, known as MONUC, identified the two men as Corp. Anibal Dos Santos of Uruguay, killed in a road accident in Uvira on 19 March and Pvt. Mothapo Alpheus Seakalala of South Africa, killed on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Kavumu, 30 kilometres north of Bukavu.Both joined MONUC in November 2003, four years after the Security Council set up the mission.”The peacekeepers to whom we give honour and praise today came from diverse backgrounds and corners of the globe and from different cultures just to say ‘no’ to war and fulfil one common mission: the restoration of peace by means of weapons such as: negotiation, diplomacy and, in case of failure, every other necessary means to protect civilians,” MONUC chief William Lacy Swing said on Wednesday.The ceremony gave MONUC members an opportunity to reflect on why they were in the DRC and to remember the 3 million Congolese who died in conflicts and the millions more who were displaced, he said.MONUC Force Commander Gen. Samaila Iliya said he hoped the investigation into the death of Private Seakalala would bring out the facts about the attack on him. read more

Wynne says Ontario Liberals need to be ready for an election at

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s decade-old Liberal government is looking to develop new policies this weekend in advance of an election that could come as soon as next spring, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.About 500 Liberals will hold a provincial council meeting in Hamilton, their first get-together since Wynne took over as premier last January.“My message is going to be that we are ready to take the next steps as a party, and in a minority situation that means we have to be ready for an election at any point,” Wynne told The Canadian Press.“There’s a lot of good work that’s been done over the last 10 years, but now we have to take that (party) renewal that’s happened over the last nine months and translate it into our vision for the future.”Wynne had threatened earlier this month to call an election if the opposition parties wouldn’t allow any bills to pass in the legislature.This week, the Tories started co-operating on a number of non-partisan bills, saying they want to “clear the decks” so the Liberals can get onto major economic initiatives, if they have any to introduce.“What we’re doing is calling their bluff,” said Progressive Conservative Rod Jackson. “They don’t have any plan.”The Liberals launched a website Friday to get public input to help develop new policy proposals, which prompted the Opposition to claim the government is out of ideas, especially on ways to improve the economy and create jobs.“We’re seeing a desperate, pathetic government that is grasping at ideas because they don’t have anything to hang on to,” added Jackson.The New Democrats called the Liberals’ attempts to engage the public on policy development little more than window dressing and political games.“Kathleen Wynne is more concerned about the interests of her political party than really dealing with the issues,” said NDP house leader Gilles Bisson.“This is nothing more than an attempt on the part of the Liberals to be seen as doing something where they’ve not done it before.”But Wynne defended the public outreach as a good practice for all politicians.“My belief, honestly, is that whether it’s in the run up to a platform development or whether it’s between elections, I think it’s critically important that politicians, governments (and) parties stay in touch with their constituencies,” she said.“We’ll reach out beyond party members and invite people … to give us input because I think it’s really important whether people are Liberals or not, there can be good ideas.”The Conservatives insisted Wynne does not have a plan to turn Ontario’s economy around.“She’s been premier for nine months and a senior cabinet minister for 10 years,” said Jackson. “If she doesn’t have the answer now, I don’t have any confidence she will have it in six months.”The Liberals should be taking action now to reverse their green energy policies that sent electricity prices soaring and do more to reduce unemployment levels, especially among young people, added Bisson.“They’ve been in power and had the ability to effect some of the decisions to curb youth unemployment, and what they’re doing is more consultations, more roundtables, more white papers,” he said. “What people want is action.”Wynne also said the Liberals will eliminate Ontario’s $9.2 deficit within four years as promised without cutting programs and services.“We face some real challenges, but I don’t believe that just cutting and slashing and austerity is the way to go,” she said.“I don’t think that’s how we’re going to realize our aspirations as a province, and so investing in Ontario’s strengths is a critical part of our strategy.” by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2013 11:31 am MDT Wynne says Ontario Liberals need to be ready for an election at any time read more

So What Happens If Alabama AndOr Clemson Lose

blythe (Blythe Terrell, general editor): OK, so the conference championships are this weekend. The real test of our new College Football Playoff model is IMMINENT.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor-in-chief): Well, it’s not much of a test, since the scenarios are either pretty obvious or the model’s like all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.andrewflowers (Andrew Flowers, quantitative editor): Yeah, if Alabama and Clemson cruise to win their conference titles, this is an open-and-shut case: They both get into the playoff, alongside Oklahoma and the Big Ten winner. But if one or both lose, all hell will break loose.natesilver: Probably where the model most disagrees with the conventional wisdom is in thinking Clemson might still have a pretty good shot — even with a loss.andrewflowers: Exactly, @natesilver. That makes the ACC championship the most interesting game to watch. If Clemson loses, the playoff committee has a difficult job. Will UNC get in? Or could Stanford take their place if they win the Pac-12?Or will Clemson sneak in despite losing?!blythe: Part of me hopes it gets exciting (since I’ve got no team in the game). I want something weird to happen. And part of the model is trying to predict how the committee members will think, right?natesilver: Yeah, the whole point of the model is that it’s trying to replicate human thinking. So since everyone else is all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about what happens if Clemson or Alabama loses, maybe that means it’s right in some sense!What it can do, though, is think an extra step or two ahead. For instance, it recognized that Stanford still had an outside path to making it into the playoff even after Stanford’s second loss to Oregon a few weeks ago. Why? Because it knew that Stanford could potentially beat Notre Dame, then win the Pac-12 — and that might look pretty good to the committee.Likewise, it recognized that a Big 12 team that got hot was likely to leapfrog Notre Dame — and it turned out that Oklahoma did exactly that, even before Notre Dame lost to Stanford.blythe: Stanford sneaking in would make SOMEONE here happy (@allison)allison (Allison McCann, visual journalist): AND WE DID BEAT NOTRE DAME!blythe: Oh, yeah, what ever happened to the Irish?andrewflowers: I get emails from Notre Dame fans asking for their playoff odds if they had beaten Stanford.blythe: Everyone is on a quest for hope, Andrew.natesilver: If there were a six-team playoff, like there should be, Notre Dame would be a bubble team right now. But maybe let’s get back to the cases at hand?allison: Stanford is sitting with a 13 percent chance of making the playoff, but they almost certainly need a big-time loss from someone else this weekend, right?andrewflowers: That’s right @allison — Alabama and/or Clemson need to lose for the Cardinal to get in.blythe: So, the Big Ten winner gets in. And Oklahoma is a lock. That’s where we stand, right? Those are the two knowns?natesilver: And that Alabama and Clemson are locks if they win. So there could be no drama at all, if the favorites win out.blythe: Right. So the interesting scenarios …allison: Yeah, forget favorites. Give us all the drama.blythe: If Clemson loses and Alabama wins, then what?allison: Does that make Ohio State next in line? (It’s NOT Stanford, which is garbage.)andrewflowers: Our model is high on Clemson even if they lose; they have the highest odds to get in, at 42 percent (assuming Alabama wins). But the Pac-12 game really matters here. If Stanford beats USC, they might get in.allison: I am completely unashamed of my favoritism here. Stanford could be more likely than Ohio State to make it in if they win that conference title! THAT’S WHAT ANDREW WROTE!natesilver: Yeah, let’s unpack a few things here. First, the model thinks that four teams have a credible case — Stanford, Clemson, UNC and Ohio State. It likes Stanford’s chances a little better than UNC and Ohio State — if Stanford wins. And it puts Clemson right up there with Stanford, in defiance of the conventional wisdom I guess.But when I think through the politics of the committee’s decision, I like Stanford’s chances a little better than the model does.allison: Because of Condi???andrewflowers: Think of it like this: if Clemson loses, they can point out they’ve played a more challenging schedule than UNC, and had a signature win over Notre Dame, too. And, relative to Stanford, they’d have fewer losses despite not winning their conference. It’s a tough call for the committee.But the ultimate nightmare is if Clemson and Stanford lose. Will that pave the way for Ohio State to sneak in? Don’t sleep on the Buckeyes!natesilver: @allison: I think the committee starts from the premise that it doesn’t have much respect for UNC and thinks they’d get demolished if they were in the playoff. So it wants to find an excuse to leave them out. But it has trouble taking Clemson over UNC when UNC just beat Clemson. How about Ohio State? Maybe, but they’re not a conference champion either — and frankly, if you’re going to take a one-loss nonchampion, Clemson’s resume is at least as good as Ohio State’s. That leaves Stanford. They’re a politically correct choice, having won their conference title and having played a much better schedule than UNC.allison: And because of Condi ;-).Okay fine, Andrew, I’ll go with you and consider losses from both Clemson and Stanford. You’ve written that our model consistently likes the Buckeyes more than the committee — why?andrewflowers: Would the committee really pick UNC over Ohio State if the Tar Heels beat Clemson and Stanford also loses? That to me is the existential question. Lots of $$$ is involved in these selections. I don’t mean to sound too conspiratorial, but with Ohio State’s national football fanbase, it’d be awfully tempting to pick them.blythe: Let’s look at another scenario. What if the Tide get rolled and the Tigers beat the Tar Heels? Then you have Florida as the SEC champ over ‘Bama. What does that do? Could a two-loss Gators team show up in the playoff?andrewflowers: Um, no.natesilver: Ohio State’s a fascinating case, @allison. Because, remember, the model’s job is to replicate human thinking. And it thinks humans should really like Ohio State for some pretty basic reasons. One-loss power conference team. Defending national champion. (That’s factored in implicitly in way the model uses Elo ratings, which carry over slightly from season to season.) Coming off a HUGE win against Michigan. Only loss was against another very good team, Michigan State.But the narrative that developed around Ohio State was poor. I actually thought the Ezekiel Elliott comments after the Michigan State loss might have hurt them — it made it seem like they had blown their chance instead of reminding voters that this was a very good football team that had a chance to redeem itself against UM.blythe: That Florida State loss was pretty brutal. So no Florida. But how does that change the picture? A ‘Bama loss and Clemson win?andrewflowers: A ‘Bama loss is less of a headache than a Clemson one. Sorry Florida fans, but if you win, the SEC is getting shut out. Stanford is in pole position to make it if they win the Pac-12; and if they slip up, then Ohio State is waiting in the wings.To be specific — Stanford has a 61 percent shot at the playoff if Alabama loses, Clemson wins and the Cardinal beat USC.blythe: But ‘Bama is pretty unlikely to lose, right?natesilver: Florida would have to DEMOLISH Alabama. If they win 42-3 or something … and Stanford loses … and the committee decides it really prefers conference champions after all, they might get a look.andrewflowers: Very unlikely, @blythe. They’re 78 percent favorites.natesilver: And having seen a bunch of Florida over the past few weeks … I’m not taking the 22 percent side of that bet.blythe: OK, so the final scenario: If ‘Bama and Clemson both lose, then what? MAXIMUM CHAOS!andrewflowers: In this nightmare scenario, Stanford is a great bet if they win the Pac-12 (62 percent). But, honestly, it gets messy real fast. Five teams possibly competing for two spots.natesilver: Here’s something interesting, though. According to the model, Ohio State would rather have Alabama lose and Clemson win than both Alabama and Clemson lose.andrewflowers: But don’t count out just-beaten Clemson, either: They’re right with the Cardinal at 59 percent. And that’s right, @natesilver — Buckeye fans should be rooting hard for Clemson.blythe: This seems like the real ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ situation.natesilver: They should be rooting for Clemson only if Alabama loses. If Alabama wins, though, they need Clemson to lose to have any shot at all. It’s like some weird prisoner’s dilemma.blythe: As college football should be.natesilver: But the thinking here is that if both Alabama and Clemson lose, the committee would resolve its UNC-Clemson “problem” by letting both teams in. Especially if Stanford loses, too.andrewflowers: One last thing: We’d be remiss without mentioning how @natesilver rigged the model to favor Michigan State. The Spartans are obviously in if they beat undefeated Iowa; and vice versa for the Hawkeyes. Zzzzz…natesilver: Ha! The main question is how far Sparty will move up into the top four with a win.Excuse me — WHEN they win. Weirdly, it might be best for them to stay at No. 4 — because most computer rankings think No. 1 Clemson isn’t as strong as No. 2 Alabama or No. 3 Oklahoma.andrewflowers: BTW, a strong Michigan State win makes Ohio State look good. Another thing for Buckeye fans to root for.allison: Should I [Stanford fans] be rooting for a Michigan State or Iowa? What’s my prisoner’s dilemma here?natesilver: Yeah, that could help Ohio State a bunch. Historically, the times when we’ve seen two teams from the same conference rank in the coaches poll or AP top four is when the second team’s only loss came to the team ranked ahead of it. Which works for Ohio State is Sparty wins, but not if it’s Iowa instead.So you should be rooting for Iowa, @allison, because it makes Ohio State’s case weaker.blythe: So basically, the likeliest situation is that ‘Bama and Clemson win their conference titles and everything is very boring (or great, depending on your team preference) with Oklahoma, Iowa/Michigan State, Clemson and ‘Bama. But we’ll see if UNC or Florida makes it interesting on Saturday.andrewflowers: Should be fun! Read more: All The Wild Scenarios That Could End The College Football Season That’s the big question going into this Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection. Our staff college football fans sat down to talk through the scenarios on Slack. The transcript below has been lightly edited. read more

Ohio State mens tennis looking for revenge against No 1 Oklahoma

Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan (pictured) and the OSU men’s tennis team are scheduled to play host to No. 1 Oklahoma on March 6 in Columbus, where they hope to defend their over 200-game home win streak.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOn March 7, 2014, the then-undefeated Ohio State’s men’s tennis team traveled to Oklahoma and walked away with its first loss of the season.Now just 364 days later, the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) are set to travel to Columbus on Friday afternoon and the No. 8 Buckeyes (12-3) are looking for revenge.“It’s always good to beat a No. 1 team, but revenge for me is the main thing,” OSU redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan said. “They beat us pretty bad … so I think we want to get them back a little bit.”With the players looking for payback against the nation’s top team, coach Ty Tucker said he is just excited for the opportunity to play the Sooners.“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for guys in college athletics to get the chance to play the No. 1 team in the country in your home building in any sport,” he said. “These are the things you look forward to.”The last time the Buckeyes had the opportunity to play a top-ranked team at home was when they took on Illinois on April 5, 2003. The Buckeyes lost that match, but haven’t tasted defeat in Columbus since.OSU has made Columbus a hostile environment for visiting teams during its 200-match home winning streak, but Tucker said he expects a fight from Oklahoma.“They’ve got great players all across the board … It would be a huge effort for our guys to come up with a victory, but anything’s possible at home,” he said.The Sooners have three players ranked inside the top 20 and won the ITA Indoor Championship in February, but Callahan said the Buckeyes know what they need to do.“You just got to do what you have to do against an Oklahoma,” Callahan said. “In the end, you always have to beat them no matter if they’re No. 70, or if they are No. 1.”Tucker said the players are “pretty jacked up to play.”The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

FBI director to testify on Trumps Russian ties as well as his

first_img Image: Alex Brandon/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Alex Brandon/PA Mar 20th 2017, 7:50 AM Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:50 AM By AFP Short URL FBI director to testify on Trump’s Russian ties as well as his wiretap allegations Political commentators have said the stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher. 26 Comments THE DIRECTORS OF the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress today on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama.Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and further divided the country’s two ever-at-odds political parties.The stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher.Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing aimed at probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election campaign. Rogers is also scheduled to testify.Trump and his entourage’s possible ties with the Russia of President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since before he was elected on 8 November.US intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russia broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Source: Stephan Savoia/PAEven since then, the question of whether Trump and company were or are somehow in cahoots with Russia has dominated the national conversation.A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, its chairman said on Sunday.Based on “everything I have up to this morning, no evidence of collusion,” Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction,” Nunes stressed.Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russia connections as a “total witch hunt”.Today’s hearing is also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign.Trump on 4 March tweeted that Obama had “tapped” his phone, a charge that has consumed political debate in the US capital. ’Obsessed with an unsubstantiated claim’Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia’s alleged interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees.The FBI is also probing Russian interference in the election.The question remains whether the agency has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials. The US has been gripped by the accusations. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesToday’s hearing promises to be a very public showdown between the FBI and lawmakers, with the national security world certain to watch whether Comey drops a political bombshell.Members of Congress have expressed frustration over what they call the lack of cooperation from the FBI about Russia and Trump’s wiretap claim, which Obama and an array of other officials have flatly denied.The issue of wiretapping first surfaced last month, when Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington to discuss sanctions Obama had just announced against Russia over the election hacking.Around the same time, The New York Times reported that US intelligence had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump’s campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.Nunes has said that the intelligence committee probe focuses in part on who revealed that Flynn had unreported private contacts with the Russians over the sanctions issue.Adding to the intrigue, Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries after it was learned that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador in the months before Trump took office, and had failed to disclose this during his confirmation hearing when asked a question about such contacts and speaking under oath.‘Trump’s credibility takes a hit’Domestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump’s effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama’s healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban.Critics say it has also debased the already coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president’s credibility at home and abroad. Trump Tower in New York. The president claimed Barack Obama had his offices wiretapped. Source: DPA/PA ImagesSome of the fallout has been international in scope: The White House was forced to retract a charge repeated last week by its spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Britain’s intelligence services aided the Obama administration in the alleged wiretap. That claim has strained relations with America’s closest ally.Still, as recently as Friday, Trump repeated the claim in an aside during a White House press conference with Angela Merkel.“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the US had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court >Read: Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim Jong-Nam’s son reportedly visits body > https://jrnl.ie/3296372 Share5 Tweet Email 13,294 Views last_img read more

President not happy with talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said  that he is not pleased with the progress achieved so far in the ongoing peace talks he is engaged in, with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat. The President stressed however that he is not disappointed and will continue his efforts to reunite Cyprus as there is no other option to achieve this objective except through dialogue. Christofias said he remained committed to working for a political settlement of a bizonal bicommunal federation with political equality as defined by the UN.last_img

WSP hosts bump stock buyback program

first_imgAs a national ban approaches, Washington State Patrol has begun buying back bump stocks at locations throughout the state, including Vancouver.The WSP office in Vancouver, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle, hosted buyback events Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As of 1 p.m. Monday, the office had collected 24 bump stocks, Trooper Will Finn said.A national ban on the equipment takes effect March 26. After that date, those found in possession of bump stocks could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine under federal law, Finn said.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Thursday to create $150,000 in funding for the program, enough to buy back 1,000 bump stocks. Participants are allowed to bring in up to five bump stocks, and at least one person in Vancouver brought in four, Finn said.The buyback program allows state residents to turn in bump stocks, operable or inoperable, and receive a $150 voucher per device. Residents can also turn in the devices to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or other law enforcement agencies and obtain a written receipt for a voucher. The receipt must then be taken to a WSP office during a buyback event.Once vouchers are processed, a check will be mailed. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be handed out after funding for the program is exhausted.last_img read more

Bangladesh is not a oneparty state Gowher Rizvi tells Al Jazeera

first_imgIn a recent ‘Head to Head’ interview with Al Jazeera English, to be aired 2 March, Gowher Rizvi, advisor to the Bangladesh prime minister, spoke on Awami League landslide victory in the parliamentary polls, the arrest of photojournalist Shahidul Alam, enforced disappearances, the Rohingya refugee crisis and more.Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s international affairs advisor Gowher Rizvi told Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan that Bangladesh “is not a one-party state” despite its recent landslide victory, where its ruling coalition secured 96% of parliamentary seats.In a press release, Al Jazeera English said Rizvi asserted that Hasina had won her fourth term in office in an election where “39 political parties contested.” He said “free and fair elections took place,” adding “Give me one good reason why the opposition should have been voted into power? They did not have a manifesto, they were ambivalent, whether they were going to an election or not.”With regards to the government accusing the opposition of crimes which in some instances they could not have committed as the individuals named were in fact dead, Rizvi admitted that “it is embarrassing” but added that “when such charges are made it is embarrassing, but one knows that in police investigation, in many societies, especially in developing countries, often have these shortcomings.”Human rights groups have criticised Bangladesh of attempting to suppress the media and silence its critics through controversial laws such as the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT) and the new Digital Security Act, Al Jazeera said in their press release.Speaking about the arrest of award-winning photographer Shahidul Alam who was arrested in August 2018 following an interview on Al Jazeera, Rizvi said he was a “very close friend” but stated that he “was not arrested for appearing on Al Jazeera and making a comment. He was arrested for spreading disinformation which was inciting violence.”Bangladesh is not a one-party state, Gowher Rizvi tells Al Jazeera. Photo: CollectedRizvi added that when the photographer was arrested he ensured that he “was given medical treatment”, which prompted the presenter, Mehdi Hasan to ask “why did he need medical treatment?”Rizvi said “I cannot deny it [that Alam was beaten by police] because I do not know what happened.”Previously prime minister Sheikh Hasina had described Shahidul Alam as “mentally sick”. Gowher Rizvi disagreed with this and said he has “no idea” why she said this.“I don’t know what she had in her mind,” he said.There have also been allegations against law enforcement authorities of abducting and detaining hundreds of opposition activists, reports Al Jazeera.When asked about the issue of ‘enforced disappearances’, Rizvi responded, “I fear you are mistaken. The government does not need to disappear people. Government has authority to arrest people if they feel somebody has done something wrong.”However, he did accept it is “deplorable” if it is taking place and that the government “will investigate”.Mehdi Hasan also discussed the issue of the Rohingya refugees, who have been fleeing neighbouring Myanmar, with more than 1 million residing in Bangladesh.Asked why Bangladesh wanted to send Rohingyas back to Myanmar, when Rizvi has described the situation as “ethnic cleansing”, he said that they “will only send them when the conditions are safe.”Presenter Mehdi Hasan referred to “terror and panic” in a refugee camp in November when refugees feared being repatriated against their will.Rizvi argued that there was “never, ever a question of any forcible repatriation.”Asked if Aung San Suu Kyi should face an international tribunal for “her role in denying and covering it up”, Rizvi said that “whoever is involved should be faced with the International Court of Justice.”A case would be “against the entire government or any member of government that aided and abetted in this process,” he added.This episode will be available online:http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/headtohead/The interview will be broadcast on 2 March 02:00 (Bangladesh Standard Time) and repeated on 2 March at 18:00, 3 March at 07:00 and 4 March at 12:00.last_img read more

BCL factional clash leaves teen dead

first_imgMap of ChattogramA teenager was stabbed to death in a clash between two groups of the ruling party Awami League’s student front, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), at Chattogram’s Omar Gani MES College on Monday, reports UNB. Police identified the deceased as Sheikh Zakir Hossain Sunny, 18, son of late Abdul Mannan of village Kolapara under Dhormopasha upazila in Sunamganj district. Sunny was stabbed to death at Zakir Hossain Road under Khulshi thana (near the MES College) as a sequel to the feud between a junior and a senior group of BCL at the Omar Gani MES College Chhatra League. M Alauddin Talukder, ASI of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost, informed that once his body was recovered, seriously injured Zakir Hossain Sunny was rushed to the emergency department where the attending physicians declared him dead. MES College sources said there had been an altercation between senior and junior groupings of the college Chhatra League on Sunday. Today (Monday) Sunny was called out from his residence apparently to reach some sort of mutual understanding over Sunday’s incident. But Sunny was stabbed soon after he arrived at the college campus. Meanwhile, Poritran Talukder, CMP senior assistant commissioner (Baejid Zone), confirmed that a college student named Zakir Hossain Sunny was killed. Drive is on to arrest those involved with the incident, he added.last_img read more