New Delhi: A fire broke out in two mobile repairing shops in Karol Bagh’s Gaffar Market on Saturday, fire officials said. According to the officials, they received information about the fire at around 11.50 pm following which five fire tenders were rushed to the spot. It was found that two mobile repairing shops which were operating from a basement had caught fire. The blaze was brought under control at around 12.20 pm and no casualty has been reported, they said, adding further details are awaited.
TORONTO — Sears Canada Inc. has hired a veteran of the Canadian retail industry to be its president and chief merchant — a new position created to restore shoppers’ confidence in the struggling department store operator.CNW Group/Sears Canada Inc. Carrie Kirkman has most recently been interim president of shoe retailer Nine West Canada and was president of Jones Apparel Group from October 2010 until last April.Kirkman will work with Brandon G. Stranzl, who has been executive chairman of Sears Canada since the departure of Ronald Boire, who was chief executive and president of the troubled Canadian department store company for less than a year.Boire was the third president-CEO to leave the company suddenly in recent years, following Douglas Campbell in September 2014 and Calvin McDonald in September 2013.The company said Tuesday that it has adopted a different management structure that takes advantage of Stranzl’s expertise in finances and corporate turnarounds and Kirkman’s experience in merchandizing.Sears Canada’s retail operations ‘basically worthless at this point,’ analysts saySears Canada sees turnaround momentum, even as search for new CEO continues“The decision to bring Carrie to Sears Canada was the result of careful deliberation by both myself and the board of directors,” Stranzl said in a statement.“We created the President and Chief Merchant role to enable the management team to refine and enhance the customer experience and restore Sears Canada’s core retail business to a position of envy in the Canadian retail landscape, while maintaining a disciplined approach to capital allocation and profitability.”Kirkman has previously held senior roles at Sears rival Hudson’s Bay Co. from 2002-2010, and Liz Claiborne Canada from 1997-2002, where she managed fashion brands such as DKNY, Liz Claiborne and Kenneth Cole. Early in her career, Kirkman represented the Alfred Sung and Ports International brands.Sears Canada is a general merchandise retailer with a network of 166 corporate stores, 177 affiliated Hometown stores, more than 1,200 merchandise pickup locations, and repair and service network.
Ms. De Livera chaired the committee that drafted the amendments to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. She has lectured law in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Seychelles.US Secretary Pompeo hosted the awards at the State Department while First Lady Melania Trump delivered special remarks at the ceremony.Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. Marini de Livera is the Founder and Chairperson of Sisters at Law. She uses the visual arts and drama to create legal literacy among the public. Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 120 women from more than 65 different countries. U.S. diplomatic missions overseas nominate one woman of courage from their respective host countries. The finalists are selected and approved by senior Department officials. (Colombo Gazette) She has her own street theatre group that travels around the country performing plays related to human rights issues. Ms. De Livera has also worked as a Human Rights Trainer for the army, police, public officials, and grassroots leaders.She is the former chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority. She has been a member of the Steering Committee on the Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers, the Prisons’ Reforms Committee, and the National Committee on Women. A crusader against child exploitation in Sri Lanka who offers pro bono legal services to child victims of crimes was on Thursday awarded the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award by US First Lady Melania Trump.Marini de Livera was among 10 women to receive the Annual International Women of Courage Award at an event held in the US.
WASHINGTON – An American Indian tribe succeeded Tuesday in getting a federal judge to temporarily stop construction on some, but not all, of a $3.8 billion four-state oil pipeline, but its broader request still hangs in the balance.U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Tuesday that work will temporarily stop between North Dakota’s State Highway 1806 and 20 miles east of Lake Oahe, but will continue west of the highway because he believes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lacks jurisdiction on private land.He also said he will rule by the end of Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s challenge of federal regulators’ decision to grant permits to the Dallas, Texas-based operators of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will cross North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.A weekend confrontation between protesters and construction workers near Lake Oahe prompted the tribe to ask Sunday for a temporary stop of construction. Four private security guards and two guard dogs received medical treatment, officials said, while a tribal spokesman noted that six people — including a child — were bitten by the dogs and at least 30 people were pepper-sprayed.Dakota Access attorney Bill Leone said during Tuesday’s hearing that if it weren’t for the stoppages, the section in question would be finished by the end of this week.Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault II issued a statement after the ruling, saying: “Today’s denial of a temporary restraining order … west of Lake Oahe puts my people’s sacred places at further risk of ruin and desecration.” Attorney Jan Hasselman with Earthjustice, who filed the broader lawsuit on behalf of the tribe, noted the tribe will “know more by the end of the week about where we’re heading.”A spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners didn’t immediately respond to telephone messages requesting comment.Leone also said in court that there were two more attacks on crews in North Dakota on Tuesday. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said law enforcement officers pulled back from responding to a report of 150-200 protesters gathered at a construction area on private land because they determined it wasn’t safe to respond.He said some protesters had hatchets and knives, and two secured themselves to heavy equipment. No pipeline workers were at the site, and no arrests have been made.Over the weekend, workers allegedly bulldozed sites on private land that Hasselman said in court documents was “of great historic and cultural significance to the tribe.” The tribe’s cultural expert, Tim Mentz Sr., said in court documents that the tribe believes there are human remains in the area and that it wants “an opportunity to rebury our relatives.”“The elders say that reburying can help deal with the loss and hurt of disturbing these graves,” he said.Lawyers for Energy Transfer Partners filed court documents Tuesday morning denying that workers have destroyed any cultural sites and asking the judge to reject the tribes’ request for a temporary work stoppage. The company said it “has taken and continues to take every reasonable precaution” to protect cultural sites.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers didn’t oppose the tribe’s most recent request, with Assistant Attorney General John Cruden saying in court documents that “the public interest would be served by preserving peace.”The tribe’s outstanding lawsuit attempts to halt construction of the pipeline, which is due to be finished this year. The suit says the project violates several federal laws, including the National Historic Preservation Act, will harm water supplies on the reservation and downstream and disturb ancient sacred sites.Hundreds of protesters have camped out near the reservation for weeks. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who advocates for clean energy, spent Monday evening with them and used red spray paint to write “I approve this message” on the blade of a bulldozer, a spokeswoman said.Kirchmeier said authorities plan to pursue charges of trespassing and vandalism against Stein. State court records Tuesday evening didn’t yet list any formal counts against her.___Associated Press writer Blake Nicholson in Bismarck, North Dakota, and James Nord in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, contributed to this report. Judge grants partial stop on North Dakota pipeline work by Padmananda Rama, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 5:44 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Twenty-five years after the end of the civil war, El Salvador has proven itself to be a functioning democracy that honours freedom of expression and where the political discourse is vibrant,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in his end-of-mission statement. “In my meetings with President Sánchez Cerén and his ministers, I was told how the fight against violence, in particular gang violence, is a priority for the State,” Mr. Zeid added. Despite the introduction of the ‘Safe El Salvador’ Plan that aims to curb and prevent violence, the level of violence in the country remains shockingly high, he said, citing reported deaths of more than a thousand civilians and 45 police officers in armed confrontations between the police and alleged gang members from January 2015 to February 2017. There are also alarming reports of extrajudicial killings and the return of death squads. Regarding the extraordinary security measures, which since April 2016 have placed thousands of people in prolonged and isolated detention under inhumane conditions, Mr. Zeid called on the President to end these measures and grant international independent organizations, including his Office (OHCHR), access to these detention centres. The vulnerability of these inmates is highlighted by an outbreak of tuberculosis, affecting more than a thousand inmates, with several hundred also said to be suffering from malnutrition, he noted.“El Salvador has the awful distinction of having the highest rate of gender-based killings of women and girls in Central America – a region where femicide is already regrettably high, as is impunity for these crimes,” Mr. Zeid pointed out, noting that investigation, prosecution and punishment of such crimes can help to counter the perception that violence against women is tolerated. As for the country’s absolute prohibition on abortion, Mr. Zeid said that some women were convicted of “aggravated homicide” in connection with obstetric emergencies and, as a result, are serving 30 years in prison. He went on to call upon El Salvador to launch a moratorium on the abortion ban and review all cases where women have been detained for abortion-related offences. Such a review could be established by presidential decree.
A group of Brock students recently found themselves surrounded by the landscapes described in their textbooks during their own odyssey in Greece.The Classics class, led by Professor Allison Glazebrook, returned to campus this week after spending two weeks experiencing the monuments, artifacts and architecture of GreeceThe study tour, which brought 22 students abroad, included Athens, Marathon, Delphi, Olympia and Sparta.Exploring ancient sites and seeing artifacts in person is meant to add a depth to learning not otherwise possible in the classroom.It allows students to put the archaeology of Greece in a much wider context, including how the sites have been changed through history and how they are experienced by modern tourists.“The old and the new exist side by side here in Greece,” said student Sarah Murray. “The past runs into the present in a state that must struggle to meet the needs of its living citizens while preserving the legacy of its ancestors.”Prior to travelling overseas, the students had two weeks of class at Brock, during which they researched specific artifacts. “It prepared me for looking at artifacts with an analytical eye instead of with touristic excitement only,” said third-year Classics student Keegan Bruce, who found the research helpful.Each student was responsible for presenting a site on the study tour. “Viewing monuments and works of art first hand is more engaging than reading about them in a textbook,” Glazebrook said. “You can examine all angles of an artifact and have many other examples to compare it to.”For Bruce, the trip provided a “much better understanding of how the pieces of art worked in space,” she said. “For example, I was never impressed by the chariot rider bronze in photos, but seeing it in the National Museum struck me dumb. The tension, movement and detail of the piece was overwhelming and can’t be taken from a photograph.”Travelling as a university group allowed students to visit archaeological sites and facilities not always accessible to the general public, such as the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science in Athens. Students were given a tour of the lab, where they learned about research projects focused on human osteology, faunal analysis, organic residue, and various soil, stone, ceramic, cement and plant materials.The study tour allows students to experience ancient monuments in the geographic and climate context, which helps students better understand ancient Greek culture and history.“Travelling across the landscape drove home why ancient Greece developed as it did,” Glazebrook said. “Climbing up Mount Lykaion to view the sanctuary of Zeus really tested our limits, but was one of the more memorable experiences.”Students recorded their experience before and during the tour on a class blog.The course also incorporated social media, with students choosing the hashtag #brockodyssey2017 and taking over the Faculty Instagram and Facebook accounts.Brock’s Department of Classics is the only one in Canada to offer credit for annual study trips to the Mediterranean. The trips alternate between a study tour and an archaeological dig.Recent study tour destinations have included Turkey in 2013, led by Professor Fanny Dolansky, and Italy in 2011, led by Professor Katharine von Stackelberg.The students’ Brock University Archaeological Society and the Classics department offer bursaries to help offset the cost of travelling overseas.Students interested in future study tours should talk to their academic advisor. The course is open to students from any major, although there is an application process.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said specialist counter-terrorism officers have spoken to 28 witnesses who were at the scene.He said: “We are very grateful to everyone who has provided information so far – their accounts are assisting the investigation hugely – but we need more people to come forward and tell us what they saw and what they know about the driver of this van. If you think you may have spoken to the driver, please get in touch.”Detectives have trawled through around 80 hours of CCTV so far. They have visited 140 locations and recovered 33 digital devices from a number of addresses in Wales.Images of the van showed it was rented from Pontyclun Van Hire in Pontyclun, near Cardiff. Mr Ali, who came to the UK from Bangladesh when he was 10 years old, was said to be well-known around Finsbury Park, with many who live in the area recognising him from regular visits to cafes for tea and attendance at worship.A statement from Mr Ali’s family read: “We are devastated by the loss of a husband, father, brother and grandfather, Makram Ali, in this tragic event.”Our father was a quiet, gentle man. He didn’t get involved in political or social discussion; he instead took comfort and enjoyment spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and he was always ready to make a funny joke when you least expected. “We wish to thank them and the emergency services for their work and we’d especially like to thank those people who helped our father in his last moments and also thank all the people who have left messages of condolence and flowers at the mosque. A police forensics officer examines the interior of the van used in the Finsbury Park attackCredit:Carl Court/Getty Imam Mohammed Mahmoud was hailed for his efforts to calm the chaotic situation in the aftermath of the attack and was said to have used his body to shield the suspect from the fury of onlookers. Mr Ali’s family said they were trying to piece together what happened on the night he died.In a statement, they said: “We know that he had some form of collapse because of his weak leg, a condition he suffers from, before recovering, sitting up and expressing a wish to return home, only to then become a victim of this horrific incident – an incident made only more tragic as he had only just completed his evening prayers, something he did regularly. He took great comfort in the feelings of peace his prayers provided.”At present we are getting a clearer picture of what exactly happened to our father and we are getting regular updates from the police, who have been extremely helpful so far. “We wish everyone to know what a loving man he was. He spent his whole life without any enemies, choosing a quiet life instead. “We as a family have always believed that the actions of one person cannot be a reflection of a whole people and I have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations and would urge people to remain calm and to pray for peace in these difficult times.”Detectives are continuing to question 47-year-old attack suspect Darren Osborne. “Until we know more, we would ask everyone to respect our privacy so that we may grieve in peace and come to terms with the immense loss in our lives.” On Wednesday, the Prince of Wales delivered a personal message of solidarity from the Queen as he visited faith leaders and community members. A 51-year-old man who was among the victims of the suspected terror attack outside a north London mosque died from “multiple injuries”, a post-mortem examination has found.Scotland Yard said Makram Ali, from Haringey, was married with four daughters, two sons and two grandchildren.Witnesses at the scene in Finsbury Park said Mr Ali appeared to suffer a medical episode in the moments before the attack on Monday.Nine other people were taken to hospital when a van driver targeted the area busy, with worshippers attending Ramadan night prayers at the nearby mosque. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Google GoMo : un conseil pour la création de sites sur mobileLe géant américain lance un nouvel outil de conseil pour la création et l’optimisation de sites internet sur mobile.Dans un premier temps destiné aux professionnels sur le Web, GoMo (lien non disponible) (pour Go Mobile) part du principe que 61% des utilisateurs de smartphones ne reviennent pas sur un site dont la compatibilité sur téléphone n’est pas optimisée. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Selon Google, il est pourtant primordiale pour une entreprise de s’adapter aux marché des téléphones mobiles si celle-ci souhaite commercer sur ce support. GoMo vous donnera donc des conseils pour changer votre site, pour cela il suffira de rentrer l’URL d’un site classique au démarrage et d’attendre son analyse par le programme de Google. Par la suite, vous aurez le choix entre différents prestataires triés sur le volet pour prendre en charge la refonte de votre site. Google ne propose donc pas son propre outil de création mais bien un vrai service de conseil. N’allez pas croire que la firme lance cette application par pure bonté au profit d’autres prestataires ; elle propose aussi ses services comme Google Places et Google Mobil Ads, toujours pour améliorer le commerce sur smartphones.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 19:34 • Maxime Lambert
A baul singer has allegedly been gang raped after being invited to a musical show in Ashulia, on the outskirts of capital.Being informed by locals, police rescued the woman, hailing from Narayanganj, from a house at Ashulia on Thursday.When the victim was taken to Ashulia police station she filed a case. Later police arrested two people – Abdur Razzak, 40 and Ataur Rahman, 42- from Aukpara area.Officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station Abdul Awal said a female singer with whom the victim got acquainted about a month ago invited her to the musical show on Wednesday night.When the victim reached the house as per the instruction of the female singer, eight-ten people confined her to a room and raped her overnight, the OC said.The victim was sent to One Stop Crisis Centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
STILL PENDINGCaps on state government spendingUnder the Texas Constitution, state spending cannot grow faster than the state’s economy. Ahead of each legislative session, state leaders set a growth rate for state spending based on the estimated rate of growth in Texans’ personal income over the next two years. Abbott has asked lawmakers to require future legislatures to limit how much state spending can grow to the estimated combined growth in population and inflation, a figure that is often lower than the one lawmakers currently use.Related bills: HB 41, HB 127, SB 9 STILL PENDINGLimits on local tree regulationsDozens of cities and towns across Texas have ordinances protecting trees on private property; in many cases, property owners either have to pay a fee or replant trees if they cut down larger trees on their land. These measures would make those local ordinances illegal, though current versions of the bills focus specifically on ordinances that prevent residential property owners from cutting down trees as they please. Cities can still regulate what commercial property owners do with their trees.Related bills: HB 70, SB 14 STILL PENDINGSchool finance reformAt first, Abbott said he would task legislators with creating a commission to study the school finance system. But in July, he added immediate school funding reform to the session’s agenda amid complaints from Democrats and moderate Republicans in the House that the state’s beleaguered system for funding public schools deserved more concrete action. The governor also tasked legislators with helping small, rural districts struggling after the expiration of a $400 million state aid program.Related bills: HB 191, SB 16 STILL PENDINGSunset legislationDuring this year’s regular session, lawmakers failed to pass so-called sunset legislation needed to prevent some state agencies from closing. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held key sunset legislation hostage in a successful effort to force a special session on other issues. In announcing the special session, Abbott said he would only add an additional 19 issues to the agenda after the Senate passed sunset legislation. On the third day of the special session, the Senate did just that and Abbott significantly expanded the session’s agenda.Related bills: HB 1, HB 2, SB 20, SB 60 STILL PENDINGProperty taxesThere’s a constitutional prohibition on the state levying a property tax, but that’s a major source of revenue that keeps cities, counties and special purpose districts operating. Amid Texans’ complaints about rising property tax bills – often driven by rising property values – Abbott called on the Legislature to tackle measures aimed at reining in increases in local property taxes. Local government officials argue the bills would hamstring their ability to deliver services their residents expect.Related bills: HB 3, HB 4, SB 1 STILL PENDINGPreventing local rule changes on already acquired propertiesThis bill would prohibit cities and towns from enforcing any local regulation on a property that was not in place when that property was purchased. Critics have expressed concern that the measure could have far-reaching consequences on environmental, health and other local ordinances in place in communities across the state.Related bills: HB 188, SB 12 STILL PENDINGMail-in ballot fraudAmid an investigation of mail-in ballot irregularities affecting city council races in Dallas, Texas lawmakers this year put a newfound focus on mail-in ballot fraud, a documented vulnerability in elections. During the 2017 regular session, Abbott signed into law a bill that overhauls absentee balloting at nursing homes, in an attempt to shore up that process. During the special session, Lawmakers are considering bills to increase criminal penalties for those found to have committed mail-in ballot fraud.Related bills: HB 184, SB 5 STILL PENDINGSpeeding local government permittingLawmakers want to make it easier for developers to get approval for projects in cities. Abbott wants state law changed so that permits would be approved automatically if cities don’t respond to them fast enough. Lawmakers are also looking at outlawing construction permitting rules currently in place in Austin that expedite permitting for projects that include certain worker protections such as offering worker’s compensation insurance.Related bills: HB 164, SB 13 STILL PENDINGTexting-while-drivingTexas will be under a statewide texting-while-driving ban starting Sept. 1. But Abbott has complained that this measure leaves in place a “patchwork quilt” of driving safety regulations that differ across cities and counties. He has called on lawmakers to effectively preempt local ordinances in more than 40 Texas cities that are stricter than the statewide ban.Related bills: HB 171, SB 15 STILL PENDINGMaternal mortalityIn 2013, lawmakers created The Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity to examine why so many Texas mothers die within a year after their pregnancies end. A study last year in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that Texas’ maternal mortality rates had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. While public health experts and legislators have not been able to pinpoint reasons for the spike in deaths and pregnancy complications, there’s bipartisan support behind extending the task force until 2023 to continue its work.Related bills: HB 9, SB 17 STILL PENDINGTaxpayer funding for abortionState and federal law already prohibit using tax dollars to pay for abortions, but Abbott wants the Legislature to broaden that ban to block local and state government agencies from entering into any financial contracts — including lease agreements — with clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers, even if those clinics don’t perform abortions.Related bills: HB 14, HB 163, SB 4 STILL PENDINGAbortion insuranceLawmakers are considering measures that would require women to pay additional premiums if they want their health plans to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies.Related bills: HB 214, SB 8 Share STILL PENDINGTeacher pay and retirement benefitsAbbott asked the Legislature to put more money into the Teacher Retirement System amid concerns that retired teachers would no longer be able to afford their medication amid rising health insurance premiums and health care costs. He also wants school districts to rearrange their budgets to increase teacher salaries by an average of $1,000, a measure educators vehemently oppose and have criticized as an “unfunded mandate.”Related bills: HB 198, SB 19, SB 97, SJR 1 STILL PENDINGBathrooms, showers, locker and changing roomsAmong the most contentious issues during the regular session, proposals to bar transgender men, women and children from restrooms that do not match their biological sex are back under consideration in legislative overtime. Efforts to pass such restrictions fizzled out in May as part of an ongoing fight that’s pitted Republicans against business and Republicans against Republicans. Lawmakers are now considering proposals that would affect bathrooms overseen by both school districts and local governments like cities and counties.Related bills: HB 46, HB 50, SB 3, SB 91 STILL PENDINGAbortion reportingThe Senate has passed two bills that would require physicians and facilities to report more details about abortions — and fine those who do not comply. Under one measure, in procedures where complications occur, physicians would be required, within 72 hours, to submit reports to the state health commission that include detailed information like the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, state and county of residence, the date of her last menstrual cycle, the number of previous abortions and the number of previous live births. Another measure would also require reporting on whether minors seeking abortions did so because of a medical emergency and whether they obtained parental consent or a judicial bypass.Related bills: HB 13, HB 195, HB 215, SB 10, SB 73 STILL PENDINGCaps on local government spendingAbbott asked lawmakers to cap how much additional money local governments could spend each year without an election, drawing immediate criticism from city and county officials. They say such a limit would make it difficult to develop long-term financial plans and fund maintenance and services that residents want from their local governments.Related bills: HB 206, SB 18 STILL PENDINGSchool choice for kids with disabilitiesDuring the regular session, the Senate passed a measure to subsidize private school tuition using state funding. But school-choice proposals have long faced significant opposition in the House, particularly from Democrats and rural Republicans. Abbott has narrowed the issue for the special session by calling for “private school choice” specifically for students with disabilities.Related bills: HB 253, SB 2 STILL PENDINGDo-not-resuscitate protectionsThe governor has asked lawmakers to ensure that patients or their legal guardians have consented to a do-not-resuscitate orders before doctor can issue them. Proponents say it codifies practices already in place at many hospitals, while some opponents say that it could needlessly complicate the process of issuing a do-not-resuscitate order.Related bills: HB 12, HB 43, SB 11, SB 80 STILL PENDINGMunicipal annexationA bill that would have allowed homeowners targeted by a city for annexation to vote on the proposal died during the regular session when state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, launched a filibuster against it, claiming it offered inadequate protections to military bases from encroaching development. Now that Abbott has included annexation reform on the special session agenda, lawmakers are looking to resurrect the issue.Related bills: HB 6, SB 6 STILL PENDINGUnion dues deductionState lawmakers are considering for the second time this year a measure that would end the practice of collecting membership dues automatically from the paychecks of certain public employees who are in labor unions or other associations. The proposal would apply to public school teachers, corrections officers and other government employees, but would exempt firefighters, police officers, emergency first responders and charitable organizations — a carve-out that’s received a lot of pushback, even from some of the law enforcement groups that would benefit from the exemption.Related bills: HB 156, SB 7
If you’re wondering if you spend an unhealthy amount of time scouring the web for alternate fan theories or poring over Reddit for clues, you’re not alone. Rami Malek has done his time on Reddit and has gone down his own rabbit hole trying to figure out exactly what Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is…creating.He was also happy to have been able to share the Mr. Robot VR experience at Petco Park. The VR event was Esmail’s idea and, at the time, Malek wasn’t sure why they were taking time away from the show to do it, but after sitting there with fans and experiencing it for the first time, he sees it as a great way to celebrate the show and the fans on the success of the first season.Having had the chance to have a nice intimate (8 other journalists at one table and loads more in the room) chat with Rami Malek during SDCC, I got the feeling that Malek thought he’d be this sort of obscure actor doing this quirky and interesting show, but there’s something about the success that can be a little strange. Like, for example when buses bearing his face drive through a shot. “Sam think’s it’s kind of meta and he’ll let it go,” Malek grins “but every once in a while they just come one after the other and we have to cut.”. Sometimes he feels a little responsible for slowing down the day but then he smiles and realizes his face is on a bus.Some days you’re “that guy” and some days you’re “the guy” with his face on a bus. Malek may have been shooting for the first, but he manages to be that and the second guy, too.He’s also a genuinely nice human being (when one reporting mentioned his busy day, Malek responded with “But you’re busy, too!”) and a dedicated actor. So much so that he likely left a little of his own digestive remains in the fake vomit during a recent scene because it’s hard to make certain sounds without the accompanying results. It may be difficult to watch, but it’s authentic.He’s heard the prison theory and he’s been over on Reddit. While Sam’s told him stuff, he likes to figure things out, as well. To him, the routine “is a way to capture his sanity and try to have some semblance of normalcy”.When asked about the social media and the VR and how he thinks it affects the show, he feels it’s really progressive. Live streaming an episode on Facebook means you may lose viewers on the night the episode airs, but he thinks USA has been really forward-looking in both how they advertise and in picking the show up in the first place.I only got one question, but you know I had to ask about the Red Wheelbarrow and if it was connected to the William Carlos Williams poem. Malek smiled in response and offered, “It might be.”. He definitely paused to choose his words (which left me feeling that it was a “yes”) but he did offer that he thinks it definitely has some allusions to our literature and as a question of what is literal as well. Who knows?Chew on that Reddit. Rami may be reading.
Kolkata: A youth from Bijpur was shot dead in Kalyani Jheel Par area late on Sunday night. Locals informed that the deceased identified as Raju Natta was shot dead by his own friends. Police later arrested three persons on Monday.Locals informed that Natta went to Kalyani Jheel Par area with some of his friends where they were consumeing alcohol. Among his friends, a few were against him due to some reasons. According to the sources, Natta and his friends have criminal records. A few months ago, due to some reasons, the group got divided. On Monday, Natta was asked to join the other team. But he refused to leave his current group of associates, resulting in a conflict. Natta was threatened by others over his refusal and soon a scuffle broke out. All of a sudden someone from them fired a shot which hit Natta. He was immediately rushed to Kalyani Jawahrlal Nehru Memorial Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. In order to save themselves, Natta’s so called friends fled. Later, Nattas family was informed. His family members went to the hospital and lodged a complaint with Bijpur Police Station. Upon receiving the complaint, police arrested three of his friends on Monday. They will be produced before Barrackpore Court on Tuesday. “Investigation is on. His family claimed that his friends had committed the crime. Nothing more could be said before a detailed investigation,” said a senior police official from Barrackpore Police.
Darjeeling: On the heels of Kolkata International Film Festival, the 19th Siliguri International Film Festival is all set to be flagged off on November 19th. The 6th Siliguri International Short and Documentary Film Festival will also form an important part of this film festival.The film festival will be inaugurated on 19th and will continue till November 26th. Around 17 films will be showcased from 9 countries including England, Switzerland, Sweden, Vietnam, Chili, Nepal and Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The festival will commemorate 100 years of Bengali cinema and also mark the 100th birth anniversary of Master film maker Ingmar Bergman. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the festival,” stated Tourism Minister Gautam Deb. The festival will open with the Bengali film — Aschhe Abar Sabar. “Silence” by Bergman will also be screened. The film festival is organised by Siliguri Cine Society in association with the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal, Federation Film Societies of India (ER) and Dinabandhu Mancha Advisory Committee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe inaugural ceremony will be held at Dinabandhu Mancha, Siliguri at 6pm on November 19. The festival will be inaugurated by filmmaker Arindam Sil. Minister Deb will be present as the Chief Guest. “The Short and Documentary Film Festival will be a part of this festival. It will be flagged off on November 13 and will continue till November 16. Around 66 short films and documentaries will be screened. This is a competitive category for Indian short films and documentaries with cash awards,” stated Pradip Nag of the Siliguri Cine Society. The short films and documentaries will be screened at Ramkinkar Hall, Siliguri. Cash prize of Rs 5000 each will be given for best short film, best documentary, best Cinematographer and best Director. Jury mentioned award will be given for non-Indian films for best film, best cinematographer and best director. Tasmiah Afrin and Sadia Khalid from Bangladesh and Sankhajit Biswas from Kolkata will be present jury members.
Related posts:Costa Rica meets Millennium Development Goal for hunger reduction Hunger on the rise in Costa Rica Central America benefits from generosity of Seattle-based Gates Foundation Costa Rica poverty hits young people the hardest, says new survey Costa Rica will have four Food Banks by 2016, according to the the private organization that runs them. Food Banks take donations from several companies and distribute them to people living in extreme poverty.On Thursday, which was World Food Day, Food Bank director Napoleón Burgos reported that in the first quarter of 2015 the organization will open another operation in the Caribbean province of Limón, and in 2016 organizers hope to add another in Puntarenas.Costa Rica’s first Food Bank was opened in San José in March 2012, and the second opened last week in the northwestern province of Guanacaste. The project was started by 10 private companies that began collecting food to donate to poor families.According to the State of the Nation program, some 350,000 people (85,557 households) in Costa Rica do not earn enough to purchase the basic food basket. Studies by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization show that developing countries like Costa Rica discard nearly 30 percent of the food they produce.During last year’s World Food Day, FAO reported that 8.2 percent of Costa Ricans had been “chronically malnourished” during a period from 2011 to 2013, a 5 percent increase from 2010.Food Bank sponsors collect an average of 200,000 kilograms of food per week, which provides meals for up to 22,0000 people a day. Food is distributed through community organizations, and on average, each person receives two daily meals, the organization reported.Fourteen other companies recently joined the project as partners and honorary members. Among the donations the bank received this week are 1,400 kg of beans from Grupo Mutual and 10,000 breakfasts from cereal company Kellogg’s.Burgos said he expects more companies to join the project.To contact the Food Bank (Banco de Alimentos), visit their website at: www.bancodealimentos.cr. Facebook Comments
Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Comments Share BEIRUT (AP) – An opposition group that documents human rights violations in Syria says more than 17,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in March 2011.The violence has grown increasingly chaotic in recent months, and it is difficult to assign blame for much of the bloodshed as the country spirals toward civil war.The government restricts journalists from moving freely, making it impossible to independently verify death tolls. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that among the 17,129 deaths are 11,897 civilians, 4,348 soldiers and 884 military defectors.The group has a network of activists on the ground who document deaths and rights violations through eyewitness, accounts, hospitals and video footage.Another group, the Local Coordination Committees, says 14,841 civilians have been killed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day
Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. In this May 8, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. A much-anticipated Senate vote on trade will pack some suspense Tuesday, but it won’t be the final word, no matter how it turns out. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda need 60 votes in the 100-member Senate merely to start a full-blown debate on the legislation. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) “The Fast Track train went off the rails today,” said Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. Obama’s bid to build momentum in the Senate backfired, she said, and House Democrats remain convinced that “the trade package would do a lot more harm than good.”Obama says the global economy makes it essential for more U.S. goods and services to reach other countries, home to 95 percent of the world’s inhabitants. He says old criticisms of the 1995 North America Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, are outdated.The administration says it needs fast track approval to wrap up long-running negotiations with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim countries, parties to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trade experts say countries won’t put their best offers forward if they think Congress will sidetrack the president’s agreements.Senators and aides said the multi-faceted customs bill is the most problematic item in trying to find a new path forward. Some say the currency manipulation provision could deeply undermine Obama’s trade goals, while others call it mostly harmless.___Associated Press writers Laurie Kellman, David Espo, Andrew Taylor, Erica Werner and Nedra Pickler contributed to this report. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats dealt President Barack Obama a stinging setback on trade Tuesday, blocking efforts to begin a full-blown debate on a top priority of his second term.The president’s supporters said they will try again, and Obama summoned key Democrats to the White House to discuss possible strategies. One possibility was to drop a contentious issue dealing with countries that manipulate their currency, but it was unclear whether that would resolve the impasse. Sponsored Stories What was clear, however, was that Obama suffered a rebuke from his own party, led by some who served with him in the Senate.Only one Senate Democrat, Tom Carper of Delaware, voted for a GOP-crafted motion to start considering Obama’s request for “fast track” trade authority. Fast track would let the president present trade agreements that Congress can ratify or reject, but not amend.Proponents needed 60 votes to thwart a Democratic filibuster, but managed only 52 in the 100-member Senate.Tuesday’s vote highlighted the deep divide between Obama and the many congressional Democrats who say such trade deals hurt U.S. jobs. Leading the fight against fast track are labor unions and liberal groups, which are crucial to many Democrats’ elections.Most Republican lawmakers support free-trade agreements. They were in the strange position Tuesday of losing a vote but seeing the Democratic president take the blame.“It is the president’s party,” said GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. “It’s amazing to me that they would do this to the president on a bill of this magnitude.”Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Democrats were “throwing their own president under the bus.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called the results “pretty shocking,” but he said the “door remains open” for trade legislation. One, to renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act, is uncontroversial.The second calls for Trade Adjustment Assistance, which provides federal aid to workers displaced by trade agreements. Republicans don’t like it, but reluctantly acknowledge it’s the price for winning even modest Democratic support.The third bill, involving Customs enforcement, is the stickiest. It includes a measure to take actions against countries that keep their currency artificially low, which makes their exports more attractive. The Obama administration opposes “currency manipulation” measures, saying they could invite international challenges to the Federal Reserve’s policies meant to boost the U.S. economy.McConnell said that only two of the bills — fast track and Trade Adjustment Assistance — would be the subject of initial votes, but senators would have ample chances to address the other two bills during the amendment process.Democratic senators huddled at midday and declared McConnell’s package unacceptable. Democrats rejected GOP claims that they broke an earlier agreement on how the four bills would be handled.The president’s trade foes were exultant. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida took a darker view, however. “Maybe what McConnell really wants to do is embarrass the president,” he said, referring to McConnell’s refusal to grant Democrats’ demands about assembling the legislative trade package.Several Democrats said Obama erred last weekend by pointedly criticizing a leading Democratic foe on trade, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in an interview with Yahoo News. He suggested Warren was poorly informed and politically motivated.Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, another strong opponent on trade, told reporters that Obama “was disrespectful to her by the way he did that,” and “made this more personal than he needed to.” Brown said he suspects Obama regrets the remarks.The administration had planned to invite Senate Democrats to the White House on Monday to discuss trade, but it canceled the event, citing conflicts with a Senate vote on another matter.Shortly before the Senate roll call began, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said some Democrats would vote against Tuesday’s procedural motion but ultimately support fast track for the presidentNumerous Senate Democrats said they would back fast track only if Republican leaders cleared a path for three other trade measures. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top holiday drink recipes
Today (8 May 2015) international luxury hotel brand Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open the doors to its newest property in the Haigang District of Qinhuangdao, a small seaside city renowned for its blue waters and golden beach. As one of China’s more popular summer destinations, Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao naturally takes prime position along Bohai Bay and is a 15-minute drive to the train station that shuttles travellers via high-speed links to Tianjin and Beijing in under two hours.The Golden Dream Bay, the city’s finest address and latest residential and entertainment zone, is home to the 23-storey hotel – a new glass building offering spectacular views all around. Inside the light-filled spaces delicate plum blossoms, found naturally in Qinhuangdao, artistically bloom and the fragrant flowers can be seen as art and intricate light installations, woven in to carpet patterns and embellishing headboards in the guestrooms.The wonders of nature surrounding the hotel are translated through to the use of golden tones and creams in each of the hotel’s 330 guestrooms and suites, which are the largest in the city. Most rooms offer a balcony overlooking Bohai Bay.From levels 20 to 22, the Horizon Club rooms provide an even higher standard of accommodation matched by personalised service from the concierge team at the spacious Horizon Club Lounge on level 23. Here, guests can enjoy breakfast, all-day refreshments, use of the Club’s meeting facilities and sea views from the terrace. Like all Shangri-La properties worldwide, Wi-Fi is complimentary and accessible throughout all areas and in the hotel’s limousines.Also setting standards in the city are the hotel’s wellness facilities comprising a 25-metre indoor free-form pool, fully equipped gym, Jacuzzi and spa with nine treatment rooms.Presenting a gastronomic experience of the north east, the hotel’s restaurants have paved a culinary journey to share the unique flavours of the region. At Cafe Qin, theatre kitchens create an animated experience for family-style dining that serve the best buffets and á la minute dishes in the city.The contemporarily designed Qin Xiang Ge Chinese restaurant specialises in a combination of traditional north-eastern (Dong Bei) and Cantonese dishes, and Chinese Executive Chef Alex Guo focuses on bringing the freshest seafood to his guests.At the heart of Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao is the elegant Lobby Lounge with panoramic vistas of Bohai Bay. The sun-bathed venue is perfect for enjoying live music entertainment, light dining and afternoon tea.Shangri-La Hotel, Qinhuangdao’s opening offer includes:Breakfast for one person20 per cent discount on laundryDouble Golden Circle pointsRates for this deal start at RMB558 per room per day, and the offer is available until 31 December 2015.www.shangri-la.com/qinhuangdao
Jorge Drexler, left, and Jesus Martos react in the audience as Drexler is announced winner of the award for record of the year for “Telefonia” at the Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 16, 2018 6:13 am PDT List of winners of 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS — Some of the winners of the 19th annual Latin Grammy Awards, presented Thursday in Las Vegas:— Album of the year: “¡México por siempre!” Luis Miguel— Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Telefonia,” Jorge Drexler— Record of the year: “Telefonia,” Jorge Drexler— New artist: Karol G— Contemporary pop album: “F.A.M.E.” Maluma— Urban music album: “Vibras,” J Balvin— Urban song: “Dura,” Daddy Yankee, Urbani Mota Cedeño, Juan G. Rivera Vázquez and Luis Jorge Romero, songwriters (Daddy Yankee)— Best urban fusion-performance: “Malamente,” Rosalía— Traditional pop vocal album: “Hazte sentir,” Laura Pausini— Best Norteña Album: Calibre 50 and Los Ángeles (tie)— Best singer-songwriter album: “Salvavidas de Hielo,” Jorge Drexler— Rock album: “Expectativas,” Bunbury— Alternative album: “Claroscura,” Aterciopelados— Alternative song: “Malamente,” Antón Alvarez Alfaro, Pablo Diaz-Reixa and Rosalía, songwriters (Rosalía)— Salsa album: “25/7,” Victor Manuelle— Folk album: “Musas (un homenaje al folclore latinoamericano en manos de Los Macorinos), Vol. 2,” Natalia Lafourcade— Latin jazz album: “Naturaleza universal,” Hermeto Pascoal and Big Band— Person of the year: Mana__Complete list available at www.latingrammy.comThe Associated Press
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