Agent Leave Leon Bailey alone

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgLeon Bailey’s agent has sprung to his defence after rejecting the chance to make his Jamaica debut due to controversial circumstancesThe 21-year-old winger accepted a call-up to Jamaica’s squad for the game against Bonaire over the recent international break.Bailey decided to join the Reggae Boyz after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) promised to give his younger brother, Kyle Butler, a call-up instead of going on trial.However, Bailey withdrew from the Jamaica team and announced that the JFF went back on their word.The Bayer Leverkusen star has received a lot of criticism over his actions since, despite the national side grabbing a 6-0 at Bonaire anyway.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Now his agent and stepfather Craig Butler has given some insight into what made Bailey decline the opportunity of international football.“Leon is an innocent boy who loves football. The way Leon has been treated is not okay. I would have liked more support for him,” Butler told Sport Bild.“His condition was equality for all players in regard to the call-up – not that Kyle had to be nominated.“Leon wants that every player should have the chance of playing for his country, no matter at which club he is under contract. It’s about the quality of the player, not about the club he plays for.”He added: “The football federation controls football in Jamaica with fear. The best players must transfer to the clubs whose presidents also work for the federation.”last_img read more


Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Sandals Foundation, NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade Donate 300 Basketball Shoes to Turks & Caicos Youth! Clement Howell High get their hands dirty for World Wetlands Day 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:champions, clement howell high school, eagles, inter high school track & field, national stadium Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The Eagles of Clement Howell High School reign as the champions of the Inter High School track & field meet for a second year; it culminated last night at the National Stadium with the 4x400m Open, which ended in a blaze of glory. The Eagles took both the boys and girls first place spot in that event and completed the three day meet with 875.50 points, outperforming their nearest contender by 301.67 points. Second in the meet was the Spartans of British West Indies Collegiate, with a spectacular show and 573.83 points. The Green Machine of North Caicos, Raymond Gardiner High earned 492.33 points in a third place effort and the shockers of the meet, the Hawks of Long Bay High School who had its first formers’ compete in all classes of the meet, that means those seventh graders ran against the bigger students and got 327 points. Marjorie Basden High of South Caicos got 258.33 points… sixth was Maranatha Academy with 150 points, edging out TCIPS by one, 149 and 7th in the meet… 8th place is TCI Middle School, with 41 points… 25 points was for Wesley Methodist High school in 9th and Alpha Christian Academy finished 10th with three points. While no new records were set, and there was the noticeable absence of 2014 Champs, HJ Robinson High out of Grand Turk the contest was called well organized by the Principals Association by Dwayne Taylor, who along with Godfrey Been MC’d the high school meet.Competitors in the Inter High school championships are also aiming to qualify for the CARIFTA Games which this year will be held in Grenada. The Primary School championships are next week Monday and Tuesday, also at the National Stadium. National Heritage Month endslast_img read more


Jordan Houston thankful for words of wisdom from Rangers veterans

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgRangers defender Jordan Houston says he is thankful for the words of advice from the club’s former defenders Lee Wallace and Gareth McAuley.Houston says he hopes to make his mark at Ibrox adding that he is pleased with his level of progress so far.Houston told SportTimes via Evening Times: “I have known Lee a lot longer than I have known Gareth having been fortunate enough to be involved with the first team previously.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Lee has given me great advice on how to help different aspects of my game and has taken me under his wing when I have been with the first team and helped me get involved.“Gareth was with the 20s when he was returning to fitness and he has been great and given me some really good advice. I really appreciate that from both of them.“Gareth has had an incredible career so it was great for me to be able to play alongside him. I was delighted to get that chance and he really helped me and all the young lads through the game.”last_img read more


Time Incs Person Sportsman of the Year Franchises Score Big on Web

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgSports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year—Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps—helped  SI.com gain exposure on hundreds of Web sites. (Time was unable to provide a figure for how many uniques SI.com received.) CNN/Money’s mobile site was the number one mobile site in the business/finance category in October, according to Nielsen, with a 53 percent growth in unique users month-over-month, placing it ahead of Yahoo! Finance, CNBC.com and the Wall Street Journal.Of course, Time Inc. isn’t releasing its “insignicant” growth figures. But for a company that has seen its print side slide—and plenty of layoffs, too—this is something positive. At a Time Inc. digital showcase in December, EVP John Squires said that the company achieved “significant” growth online. Here are some numbers just released by Time Inc. that appear to back up his claim:Time.com had roughly 30 million page views in mid-December, after Barack Obama was announced Time’s 2008 Person of the Year. (More than 1.2 million votes were cast in the online poll deciding the winner.)People.com reported 46 percent year-over-year growth (compared with the industry average of about 10 percent), including an average of 8.6 million monthly uniques, a 36 percent increase year-over-year.last_img read more


STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Nicole Potcner Inducted Into Psi Chi National Honor Society

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — The Assumption College Department of Psychology has announced that Nicole Potcner, Wilmington, has become a member of the Psychology National Honor Society, Psi Chi. Potcner, Class of 2018, was inducted into the honor society this spring.“Students named to Assumption College’s chapter of Psi Chi have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to and mastery of their academic studies,” said Louise Carroll Keeley, provost and vice president of academic affairs at the College. “Earning membership to an honor society is among the highest academic recognitions for an undergraduate.”Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduates, of junior or senior academic standing, who have chosen psychology as their major or minor. Inductees must also have completed nine semester hours of psychology courses, rank in the top 35 percent of their class, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.25, in both psychology classes and in overall cumulative grades. Psi Chi members are invited to submit scholarly articles to the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, apply for research grants, and attend and present at regional and national conferences.About Assumption CollegeFounded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 41 majors and 48 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College’s Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu.(NOTE: The above press release is from Assumption College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel Johansson Inducted Into International Psychology Honor SocietyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Jacqueline Ryan Inducted Into Philosophy International Honor SocietyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Assumption CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more


Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of June 9 2019

Posted On Sep 11 2019 by

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of June 9, 2019.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, June 10, 2019High School: ExamsMiddle School: French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Link; Hashbrowns; Fresh FruitTuesday, June 11, 2019High School: ExamsMiddle School: Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Steamed Veggies; Fresh FruitWednesday, June 12, 2019Last Day Of School — NO LUNCHThursday, June 13, 2019No SchoolFriday, June 14, 2019No SchoolLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, June 10, 2019French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Link; Hashbrowns; Baby Carrots; Fresh FruitTuesday, June 11, 2019Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Steamed Veggies; Fresh FruitWednesday, June 12, 2019Last Day Of School — NO LUNCHThursday, June 13, 2019No SchoolFriday, June 14, 2019No SchoolLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, June 10, 2019French Toast Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Link; Hashbrowns; Baby Carrots; Fresh FruitTuesday, June 11, 2019Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholewheat Roll; Steamed Veggies; Fresh FruitWednesday, June 12, 2019Last Day Of School — NO LUNCHThursday, June 13, 2019No SchoolFriday, June 14, 2019No SchoolLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE. The cover photo is from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more


Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: See All “Online ads and measurement of their effectiveness do not require Site A, where you clicked an ad, to learn that you purchased something on Site B,” Wilander said. “The only data needed for measurement is that someone who clicked an ad on Site A made a purchase on Site B.”No peeking, ChromeOne notable aspect of Apple’s proposal is that it would keep the browser maker from knowing what ad activity the browser is measuring. “The browser vendor should not learn about the user’s ad clicks or conversions,” Wilander said. That would keep Google from knowing what its billion-plus Chrome users are up to.Firefox maker Mozilla gave Apple’s idea a warm reception and said it’ll participate in discussions about it.”We believe ad click attribution is an important use of cross-site measurement on the web today. In fact, we’ve identified it as such in our antitracking policy,” said Steven Englehardt, Firefox privacy engineer. “We’d like to explore solutions that allow for it without putting users’ privacy at risk, and believe Apple’s proposal is one possible solution.”Privacy has become a high priority in tech with Facebook’s Cambridge analytica scandal, the growing use of facial recognition, the abundance of digital traces we leave online and the unceasing data breaches and leaks. “The future is private,” Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg declared at the company’s developer conference in April.Millions of people use ad blockers in their browsers, but browsers are getting more assertive about blocking tracking, too. Brave blocks all ads and trackers by default, Mozilla has begun a shift to blocking some trackers, and Safari has its Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Earlier this month, Google’s Chrome team announced its own effort to curtail tracking using cookies.Do Not Track lives on, sort ofAn effort called Do Not Track, through which you could set your browser to tell website publishers and advertisers that you didn’t want to be tracked online, fizzled in part because advertisers didn’t like it. Newer browser approaches to dealing with tracking are taking unilateral action.The Interactive Advertising Bureau, which represents online advertisers and publishers, doesn’t like what’s happening, calling for clear federal regulations governing personal data — an idea it calls “Do Not Track Plus.” “The work being done by big platforms and browser makers is useful, because it will contribute to a federal or global solution. But it won’t substitute for it,” IAB Chief Executive Randall Rothenberg and public policy leader Dave Grimaldi said in a May blog post. “We shouldn’t have a thousand different methods for managing digital privacy, confusing consumers and sowing chaos among businesses. And we shouldn’t make consumers push endless consent buttons on websites and apps, or burrow deep into browser tools to manage who’s doing what with their data.”Originally published May 22, 8:38 a.m. PT.Update, 11:29 a.m.: Adds comment from IAB and Mozilla and further background. Internet Advertising Privacy Safari Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 0 reading • Apple has a new way to crack down on ads tracking you in Safari Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors A new standard to keep advertisers from tracking you across the internet is built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview.Apple has built new browser technology designed to let advertisers figure out when their ads successfully convinced you to buy something — but without tracking you across the internet and harvesting personal details to do so.The plan, called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution and detailed Wednesday, is now built into Apple’s test browser for developers, Safari Technology Preview 82. And Apple is proposing it become something all browsers can embrace as a standard.”As more and more browsers acknowledge the problems of cross-site tracking, we should expect privacy-invasive ad click attribution to become a thing of the past,” said John Wilander, the Apple programmer behind Safari’s earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention project, in a blog post about the new technology.The move increases Apple’s pressure on tech companies to protect privacy — and spotlights its ability to profit from that push, in contrast to giants like Facebook and Google whose businesses rely on online ads.Apple angered the ad tech industry with its earlier Intelligent Tracking Prevention technology, which reins in cookies — especially third-party cookies that ad companies place on websites they don’t operate.Facebook and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.Today’s ad technology often tracks you as you go from one website to another, a process that relies on small text files called cookies that an advertiser or website can instruct your browser to store. Cookies can record that you saw a particular ad on one site and then bought the advertised product on another site, information that’s very useful for advertisers but that can harvest huge amounts of data about online behavior.Apple’s approach, in comparison, measures whether ads were successful within the browser instead of leaving it to advertising companies that track you online. It reports its result, but with a randomized delay between 24 and 48 hours so advertisers can’t track people by pinning down the timing of their actions. Apple 1:25 Google’s head of advertising calls for privacy, but not…last_img read more


USFDA to add Personnel in India to Boost Inspection

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgThe USFDA follows the October-September fiscal year.In 2014, 90 inspections have been carried out till 4 August and there were 70 instances where ‘Form 483’ was issued; versus 101 such forms in 2013 and 102 forms in 2012.Form 483 is used by the FDA to document and communicate concerns discovered during inspections. In the past, other Indian drug makers such as Ranbaxy Laboratories and Wockhardt have been hit by bans, due to violation of manufacturing guidelines.The USFDA conducted 598 investigations in foreign countries excluding China. There are 517 registered firms in China and 519 in India.US Food and Drug Administration has offices in New Delhi and Mumbai that comprise of 14 staff members, but only six members are into investigation of medical products. And among these six, only three members are permanent.Altaf Lal, director of Indian agency resigned from his post in May this year. Currently, Carl Sciacchitano, senior science adviser in USFDA’s Office of International Programmes, is acting as director, India.”Once fully staff-fed, this will increase our presence to 19 permanent American staff based in-country, including 10 dedicated to medical products,” Financial Express quoted Spokesperson Christopher Kelly. Additionally, Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of USFDA said during an interview with Bloomberg that the agency slowly aims to expand their offices in India. FDA activities in India involve engaging with Indian counterpart regulatory authorities to ensure the timely exchange of information regarding clinical trials that are conducted on fixed intervals.India is second after Canada as drug exporter to the US, where it supplies about 40 percent of generic and over-the-counter drugs. 2014 ( till 4 August)5989088 201363711178 20073336419 20094245952 20115589889 20083246436 201262414161 Fiscal YearOther countriesIndiaChina Due to fewer US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) staff members in India, the number of inspections has been declining. However, the agency now intends to increase its manpower in the country, so that inspections are carried out regularly and efficiently.  Inspection record by US FDA:Fiscal YearFiscal YearOther countriesOther countriesIndiaIndiaChinaChinaFiscal Year2007Other countries333India64China19Fiscal Year2008Other countries324India64China36Fiscal Year2009Other countries424India59China52Fiscal Year2010Other countries440India72China48Fiscal Year2011Other countries558India98China89Fiscal Year2012Other countries624India141China61Fiscal Year2013Other countries637India111China78Fiscal Year2014 ( till 4 August)Other countries598India90China88 20104407248last_img read more


Rohina Anand Khira has designed a life right out of Pinterest

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgRohinaPR HandoutDesign genius and a Path-breaking Textile Designer Rohina Anand Khira has always managed to create a storm in the Home Decor industry with trend setting home linen. Rohina started off with her design career 10 years ago when she took over the reigns of the brand Ajay Anand Living and rebranded it as AA Living.By the end of her first year as director, Rohina had transformed her family’s export factory showroom into a high-end boutique brand by shifting the focus to exclusive décor design, branding and visual merchandising.In 2016 she was recognised by GoodHomes Magazine as one of the top 100 innovative minds in the industry. She won the Asian Paints Indian Decor Influencer Awards (IDIA) in 2016 as ‘Instagrammer of the year’ and ‘Social Media Wonder Women’ in 2017. This year she was awarded the Elite “Woman of the Year 2019” as one of the 35 most respected and influential women achievers and entrepreneurs.One look at Rohina’s Instagram handle @aa.living and you’re transported into this Creative Director’s world of Décor, Art, Travel and Design. Having a cohesive Instagram feed is goals for most millennials these days – it reflects who you are and reasserts your brand image!An Instagram Influencer and trendsetter in the Design Industry, her Instagram feed is a Pinterest board full of latest design trends, interior spaces, exotic locations, local foods and inspirational quotes. When she took to this platform to showcase her latest designs of her muse Frida Kahlo and her interpretation of her portrait on a cushion – little did she know she was setting in motion the next big trend in the interiors space! Ever since this cushion started selling at her store AA Living (Mumbai) and the brand’s online store, it has gone viral and loved by celebrities and influencers across India. Design aficionados have finally opened their minds to the idea of bohemian living spaces.Talking about her interpretation on Frida Kahlo, Rohina comments “Frida comes with her own personality – which includes weathered fabrics, tassels, fringe, and lots of crochet. India has been so obsessed with their living rooms looking expensive with heavy reflective fabrics, and embellished cushions. I was just relieved when people took to this new casual-living trend.”Everyone who follows Rohina’s journey on her social media is well aware of her love to travel. Rohina is always travelling across the globe with her family – her husband and two little girls. Her products are a perfect example of how she blends international style with her own design aesthetics to create a range of products that are not just Pinterest worthy but also adds instant personality to any space.Talking about how travel inspires her design sensibilities, Rohina Anand Khira says, “When you travel so much, you get to pick up on key trends that are reflecting no matter what country you may be visiting. I feel like I am always putting my version of a ‘trend’ into my collections at my store AA Living. Although Frida Kahlo has been a popular artist since decades – I felt like her voice and vibe needed to be encapsulated into a living space. Her face, like her art, lends well to any indoor space with plants and flowers. Add a crochet wall hanging, fairy lights, some vintage textiles and you have yourself a room that oozes personality! Recycled sustainability is also something that I personally support and encourage – hence my love for weathered and antique textiles.”last_img read more


Anne Hathaway is pregnant again Expecting her second child with husband Adam

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgGetty ImagesThe Devil Wears Prada actress Anne Hathaway is expecting her second child with husband Adam Shulman. She announced the same on Instagram as she shared a picture of her visible baby bump. Further delving a little into the details of infertility and conception hell, Hathaway stated how neither of her pregnancies has been an easy feat.Taking to Instagram, Hathaway shared a lovely mirror selfie with her flaunting a tiny baby bump. She captioned the image as, “It’s not for a movie…⁣⁣ #2 ⁣ ⁣All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love.” Although the sex of the baby is still a mystery, it is one suspense that we don’t mind dealing with. Hathaway has often been very private about her personal life so it is not surprising that she will keep the sex of her second baby a secret till the due date at least. Anne HathawayInstagramAnne Hathaway along with her husband of seven years, Adam Shulman, first became parents in 2016 to a beautiful baby boy, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, in 2016. Earlier as she discussed pregnancy and the difficulty surrounding it, Hathaway spoke to The Sunday Times and was quoted saying, “I’m not perfect, but if I’m frustrated or distracted, I’m good at making sure he’s safe and walking away, calming down and then coming back to him. Further speaking about the harshness of motherhood, I fall short every day, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, I’m going to learn from it.” Anne HathawayInstagramParenting has not been an easy feat but Hathaway found an ideal way to communicative effectively with her son, by taking a leaf out of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s parenting books. “They get down on the child’s level and speak to them eye to eye to make their child feel empowered,” she explained to the newspaper. “I thought that was really cool. I started doing that with Jonathan,” she added. We can’t wait to see more of Hathaway’s pregnancy pictures!last_img read more


95pc youths use Facebook

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_img.Facebook remains the most popular social networking site among Bangladeshi youth by a fairly wide margin.The other popular social networks are imo, Youtube, WhatsApp, and Viber, says a survey conducted by Org-Quest Research Ltd and initiated by Prothom Alo.The survey was conducted on 1,200 youths, who are15 to 30 years old. Of them, 494 use social networks regularly.When asked about their favourite social network, 95 per cent youths said their first preference is Facebook.Among the 494, a total of 468 youths have only one social networking site account, Facebook, indicating 94 per cent youths consider Facebook their social network.The 494 survey participants spend 52 minutes on average on Facebook every day.Of them, 80 per cent give 30 minutes to 1 hour daily and the rest spend more than 1 hour on Facebook.The second choice of the youths is imo as 57 per cent of them use the app based site regularly.Youtube stays in the third position among Bangladeshi youths. Among the survey participants, 33 per cent youths regularly use Youtube. The video-sharing site is more popular among boys than girls.WhatsApp is in the fourth and Viber in the fifth position among youths’ choice list of social networks.Social network expert Fahim Masroor told Prothom Alo, young people are losing their depth of thought because of this Facebook addiction.This addiction is triggering off social unrest, intolerance and militancy, he said.Fahim Masroor thinks the authorities should give the youth reading rooms, sports facilities, and other recreational activities so that technology cannot control them. *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more


Bangladeshi influx Pakistans proxy war Indian army chief

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgIndian army chief General Bipin Rawat India’s army chief General Bipin Rawat has claimed that a planned ‘influx of people from Bangladesh’ into India’s north-eastern region is underway as part of a ‘proxy war’ being waged by Pakistan with support from China.The Times of India quoted the Indian army chief as saying that an increase in the Muslim population was due to an increased number of immigrants ‘from Bangladesh’.He pointed at the ‘faster’ growth of the Badruddin Ajmal-led AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front) in Assam, according to the report.”There’s a party called AIUDF. If you look at it, they’ve grown in a faster time-frame than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) grew over the years,” said General Rawat, while referring to the BJP winning only 2 seats in 1984.He was addressing a conference on bridging gaps and securing borders in the Northeast region of India.According to ToI, the army chief also claimed that the proxy game was being “executed by Pakistan, with support from China to keep the area disturbed.””They’ll always try and ensure that this area is taken over, playing the proxy dimension of warfare,” he said.last_img read more


Probe body formed over attack on London HC

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgThe government has formed a high-profile probe body to look into the attack on the Bangladesh High Commission in London on 7 February, reports UNB.Permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Masud Bin Momen has been made head of the probe committee, a diplomatic source told UNB without elaborating the composition of the investigation committee.Meanwhile, Bangladesh deputy high commissioner in London Khondker M Talha has been withdrawn and asked to join the foreign ministry in Dhaka before 7 May.Another source said the government has not shown any reason behind the withdrawal of Talha who has been in London for nearly three years and eight months.He is expected to return to Dhaka on 3 May.During the attack, Talha was acting as Bangladesh high commissioner in London.Leaders and activists of BNP reportedly attacked the staff of Bangladesh High Commission in London and ransacked its furniture which the government termed tantamount to an attack on Bangladesh.The high commission came under sudden attack on 7 February afternoon ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.Khaleda, also a former prime minister, was jailed for five years on 8 February after she was found guilty in the case.Police were there and the attack took place in presence of police.The Bangladesh High Commission in London in a statement had said the BNP activists and members of its wings forcibly entered the high commission in the pretext of submitting a memorandum. They attacked the high commission staff and vandalised assets of the mission.Bangladesh High Commission in London represents Bangladesh in the UK. So, damaging the high commission’s asset is like damaging state assets, and attack on the high commission is tantamount to attack on Bangladesh, the high commission had said in the statement read out by foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at press conference in Dhaka on 8 February.Such destructive activities by the unruly demonstrators and their conducts tarnished Bangladesh’s image abroad, the high commission had said.last_img read more


Catalans to hold general strike as crisis deepens

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgSome 500 people demonstrate in Perpignan on 2 October 2017 to protest against police violence during a banned independence referendum in the Catalan region in Spain. Photo: AFPLarge numbers of Catalans are expected to observe a general strike on Tuesday to condemn police violence at a banned weekend referendum on independence, as Madrid comes under growing international pressure to resolve its worst political crisis in decades. Flights and train services could be disrupted as well as port operations, after unions called for the stoppage to “vigorously condemn” the police response to the poll, in which Catalonia’s leader said 90 percent of voters backed independence from Spain.Barcelona’s public universities are expected to join the strike, as is the contemporary art museum, football club FC Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia, the basilica designed by Antoni Gaudi and one of the city’s most popular tourist sites.“I am convinced that this strike will be widely followed,” Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said ahead of the protest.The central government has vowed to stop the wealthy northeastern region, which accounts for a fifth of Spain’s GDP, breaking away from Spain and has dismissed Sunday’s poll as unconstitutional and a “farce”.Violent scenes played out in towns and cities across the region on Sunday as riot police moved in on polling stations to stop people from casting their ballots, in some cases charging with batons and firing rubber bullets to disperse crowds.UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was “very disturbed” by the unrest while EU President Donald Tusk urged Madrid to avoid “further use of violence”.The European Parliament will hold a special debate on Wednesday on the issue.“We call on all relevant players to now move very swiftly from confrontation to dialogue. Violence can never be an instrument in politics,” European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, breaking weeks of virtual EU silence on the Catalan issue.Residents in many cities briefly stopped work at midday on Monday and descended onto the streets in silent, solemn protest.In Barcelona, municipal police said about 15,000 people stopped traffic as they rallied, many draped in the blue, yellow and red Estelada flag used by Catalan separatists, shouting “the streets will always be ours”.“This was the norm under Franco!” the crowd chanted, referring to former dictator Francisco Franco whose 1939-75 regime repressed Catalan language and culture.Emergency talksThe government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held emergency talks after Puigdemont declared Sunday that Catalonia had “won the right to an independent state”.Puigdemont has appealed for international mediation to help solve the crisis and called for police deployed to Catalonia from other parts of Spain for the vote to be removed.The regional government said 2.26 million people took part in the poll, or just over 42 percent of the electorate.But any attempt to unilaterally declare independence is likely to be opposed not just by Madrid but also a large section of the Catalan population, a region of 7.5 million people that is deeply split on the issue.Puigdemont has said he will now present the results to the region’s parliament, where separatist lawmakers hold a majority, and which has the power to adopt a motion of independence.The Catalan leader said close to 900 people had received medical attention, though regional authorities confirmed a total of 92 injured. Four were hospitalised, two in serious condition.Videos posted on social media showed police dragging voters from polling stations by their hair, throwing people down stairs and attacking Catalan firefighters protecting polling stations.Magdalena Clarena Dabant, a 70-year-old grandmother, described a “brutal” incident when she decided to join “passive resistance” in her village to prevent the Guardia Civil police from seizing a ballot box.“To stop them, many voters sat on the floor, I sat on a chair. They told me to go away, I responded I wouldn’t move.“They grabbed me by the arm, strongly, and I fell on the floor. In hospital they told me I had the wrist broken.”last_img read more


Distress calls bring hope to Argentinas search for missing sub

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first_imgSubmarine ARA San Juan docked in Buenos Aires. AFP file photoAfter days of searching for its missing submarine with 44 crew aboard, Argentina’s navy received distress signals late Saturday, authorities said.There had been no contact with the ARA San Juan since early Wednesday, according to the navy, prompting Buenos Aires to launch an air and sea search with help from countries including Brazil, Britain, Chile and the United States.The entire search area has been scoured by ships and aircraft, despite storm conditions that complicated the effort, Argentine navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said.Seven satellite-transmitted signals believed to be part of the vessel trying to resume contact were detected, the Defense Ministry said.The signals were unable to lock in and connect with communications bases, the military explained.With the help of US satellite communication experts, the signals were detected at 10:52 am (1352 GMT) and 3:42 pm (1842 GMT) on various naval bases, but did not lock in, thus preventing a full connection.“Right now, we are working to pinpoint the exact location of what is emitting the signals,” presuming that it could be the missing sub, the ministry said.Brazil, Britain, Chile, the United States and Uruguay took part in the aerial side of the search, and the United States said it was sending rescue help.The California-based Undersea Rescue Command was deploying two independent rescue assets-including a pressurized rescue module-to help in the hunt for the missing sub.Argentine President Mauricio Macri said on his Twitter account that “we will do what is necessary to find the submarine as soon as possible.”TR-1700 class diesel electric submarine had been returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia near the southernmost tip of South America, to its base at Mar del Plata, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Buenos Aires.Among those on board is Argentina’s first female submarine officer, 35-year-old weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk.The San Juan is one of three submarines in the Argentine fleet.Sixty-five meters (213 feet) long and seven meters (23 feet) wide, it was built by Germany’s Thyssen Nordseewerke and launched in 1983.It underwent a re-fit between 2007 and 2014 to extend its usefulness by some 30 years.last_img read more


Kim Moon on the verge of new era

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first_imgSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the truce village of Panmunjom. ReutersSmiling and holding hands, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at the heavily fortified demilitarised zone between the countries on Friday in the first summit for the two Koreas in over a decade.Scenes of Moon and Kim joking and walking together marked a striking contrast to last year’s barrage of North Korean missile tests and its largest ever nuclear test that led to sweeping international sanctions and fears of a fresh conflict on the Korean peninsula.The dramatic meeting, aimed at ending their decades-long conflict, comes weeks before Kim is due to meet US president Donald Trump.“We are at a starting line today, where a new history of peace, prosperity and inter-Korean relations is being written,” Kim said before the two Korean leaders and their top aides began talks.Moon and Kim are expected to discuss denuclearisation and exchanges between the Koreas and also will plant a memorial tree at the border truce village of Panmunjom. Just days before the summit, Kim said North Korea would suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests and dismantle its only known nuclear test site.But there is widespread scepticism about whether Kim is ready to abandon the hard-earned nuclear arsenal his country has defended and developed for decades as what it says is a necessary deterrent against U.S. invasion.Two earlier summits between the leaders of North and South Korea, in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007, failed to halt the North’s weapons programmes or improve relations in a lasting way.“Today, rather than create results we won’t be able to carry out like in the past, we should make good results by talking frankly about current issues, issues of interest,” Kim said.First Across The LineMoon greeted Kim at the military demarcation line, making Kim the first North Korean leader to set foot in the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.In an unplanned move, Kim invited Moon to step briefly across into North Korea, before the two leaders crossed back into South Korea holding hands.The two were handed flowers by a South Korean children, residents of a village situated in the demilitarised zone.The pair were met on a red carpet by a South Korean honour guard in historical costumes and playing traditional music.Kim wore glasses and his trademark black Mao suit, while the rest of the North Korean delegation appeared in military uniforms or Western attire.“A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history,” Kim wrote in Korean in a guest book in the South’s Peace House before talks began.“I hope we will be able to talk frankly and come to an agreement to give a big present for the Koreans and the people around the world who wish for peace,” Moon said as the two began their official talks.Minutes before Kim entered Peace House, a North Korean security team conducted a sweep for explosives and listening devices, and sprayed apparent disinfectant in the air, on the chairs, and on the guest book.The United States is hopeful talks between Kim and Moon will make progress on achieving peace and prosperity, the White House said in a statement as the two men began their summit.The White House also said it looks forward to continuing discussions with South Korea in preparation for the planned meeting of Trump and Kim in the coming weeks.Just months ago, Trump and Kim were trading threats and insults as the North made rapid advances in pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles capable of hitting the United States.Earlier Friday, North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Kim would “open-heartedly discuss with Moon Jae-in all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula.”Moon travelled to the meeting in a large motorcade, stopping briefly to greet dozens of summit supporters waving South Korean flags near the presidential Blue House in Seoul.Hundreds of demonstrators were seen gathering in downtown Seoul from early morning to protest or support the summit.Unending HostilitiesThe two countries expect to release a joint statement late on Friday – possibly called the Panmunjom Declaration – that could address denuclearisation and peace, and an improvement in relations, South Korean officials said.Impoverished North Korea and the rich, democratic South are technically still at war because the Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the Cold War conflict, which pitted the South, the United States and United Nations forces against the communist North, backed by China and Russia.Kim and Trump are expected to meet in late May or June, with Trump saying on Thursday he was considering several possible dates and venues.The White House released two photographs of then Secretary of State-designate and CIA chief Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Kim in North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the planned summit. It was Kim’s first known meeting with a US official.The latest Korean summit has particular significance not least because of its venue: the Demilitarised Zone, a 160-mile (260-km) long, 2.5-mile (4-km) wide strip of land created in the 1953 armistice to serve as a buffer between the South and North.last_img read more


Parents of baby Benito Mussolini get court summons

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first_imgParents of Benito Mussolini, a 14-month old baby, have been summoned to appear in an Italian court over their son’s controversial name, according to a newspaper report.Young Benito is named after one of his grandfathers, a common enough practise in Italy.The problem is that the family name is Mussolini, making the child the namesake of the World War II era fascist dictator, no relation.The unusual name has now come to the attention of a court in the northern city of Genoa, according to the daily Gazzetta di Parma, among concerns for the child’s welfare in later years.For Italians the issue recalls the debate generated by the 2015 film “Il nome del figlio” (“An Italian Name), an Italian adaptation of a French film, in which a man wants to call his son Benito.The issue also has echoes of a court case in Milan brought against parents who called their child “Blu” (Blue), a name which the local prosecutor took exception to.last_img read more


Second migrant boy dies in US custody

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first_imgEmployees of a funeral home carry a coffin with the repatriated remains of seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died in a Texas hospital on last 8 December. Photo: AFPAn eight-year-old migrant from Guatemala died in US government custody on Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection said, the second child fatality in American detention this month.The boy, who was with his apprehended father, had been transferred to a New Mexico medical centre showing signs of sickness on Monday, the agency said.Staff diagnosed him with a cold but later discovered a fever. He was released at midday, with prescriptions for ibuprofen and the antibiotic amoxicillin.The child was later transferred back to the hospital after showing signs of nausea and vomiting, and died just after midnight.The CBP said it had not established the cause of death but would “ensure an independent and thorough review of the circumstances.”Guatemala called on US authorities to conduct a “clear” investigation of the death, adding that “medical reports have been requested… to clarify the cause of death of the child.”The news of the boy’s death triggered outrage on social media.”Another child dies under this Administration’s watch,” tweeted Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey of Texas.”Such a devastating story to hear on Christmas Day.””Heartbroken and sickened by this news,” senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico wrote on Twitter.”I am urgently demanding more details, but the Trump administration must be held accountable for this child’s death and all the lives they have put in danger with their intentional chaos and disregard for human life,” he tweeted.Searching for a dreamThe boy’s death came on the same day that Jakelin Caal, a Guatemalan migrant girl who died in US custody under similar circumstances earlier this month, was buried.Her body was repatriated on Sunday and after a long journey reached the remote village where her family lives without electricity and other basic services.”This girl left home happy searching for a dream, but unfortunately died on the way,” community leader Alberto Pop told AFP in the cemetery in the community of Maya Q’eqchi’.”You hear that in the United States they pay well, not like the companies here in Guatemala — that’s why people leave,” said Pop, whose 22-year-old son Joaquin left in November in search of the American dream.”I don’t know if he is alive or dead,” Pop said.”Unfortunately, these decisions (to migrate) are made because of scarce economic resources,” Jakelin’s cousin Mario Caal said at the funeral.Jakelin Caal’s 8 December death reignited debate in the United States over immigration policy and the treatment of migrants.President Donald Trump has made hard line immigration policies a central plank of his presidency, drawing fire from critics who accuse him of demonizing migrants for political gain.He is locked in a battle with Congress over funding for his planned border wall, which he claims will stem migration from Latin American countries plagued by gang violence and poverty.”Heartbroken to hear of a second child’s death in CBP custody,” tweeted Nydia Velazquez, a Democratic congresswoman from New York.”We must demand accountability, find answers and put an end to this Administration’s hateful, dangerous anti-immigrant policies.”last_img read more


3 Rohingyas held with 3kg gold Tk 300000

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by
first_imgA Rohingya refugee repairs the roof of his shelter at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, on 5 March 2019. Reuters File PhotoPolice arrested three Rohingyas along with 3 kg gold and Tk 300,000 from Balukhali Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila on Tuesday night.The arrestees are Aziz, 18, son of late Noor Ahmed of C-Block at Balukhali camp no. 9, Nurul Hashem, 28, son of Ilias of C-13 Block and Abul Kashem, 22, of C-7 Block.On secret information, police conducted a drive at the camp around 8:00pm and arrested the three Rohingyas, said additional superintendent of police (Ukhiya-Teknaf circle) Nihad Adnan Taian.During the drive, law enforcers seized 3 kg gold and Tk 300,000 from their possession, he said.The additional SP said they had information that a syndicate of Rohingyas used to smuggle gold from Myanmar, reports UNB.Police will continue drive against gold smuggling, he added.Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas with more than 700,000 fleeing to Bangladesh from Rakhine state since 25 August 2017.last_img

Walkers And Cyclists Will Take Over Busy Thoroughfare In Houstons Energy Corridor

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img 00:00 /01:32 Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is joined by skaters, skateboarders, and cyclists to announce three new “Sunday Streets.”Houston’s “Sunday Streets” returns this weekend. That’s when the city closes part of a major roadway to motorized traffic so people can walk and bike. This Sunday’s event is on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest. Energy Corridor District Executive Director Clark Martinson says there’s a lot for visitors to see and do. “People can walk shop to shop,” says Martinson. “There’s a dozen restaurants in the area. It’s right at the trailhead to Terry Hershey Park. So ride your bike on Terry Hershey Park, come to the Enclave-Eldridge Parkway intersection. And that’s where we close the street.”The Sunday Streets program started in 2014 with the goal of helping Houstonians become more physically active. This is the first time it’s been held outside the 610 Loop. Martinson says they’re hoping to showcase the neighborhood’s pedestrian and bike improvements. “We are next to the Addicks and Barker reservoirs which are 26,000 acres of open space natural areas,” adds Martinson. “We’re working for new pedestrian bridges that will connect homes across the creeks to the trails.” This Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest from noon to 4 p.m. On November 13, Sunday Streets will be held in the Fifth Ward, on Lyons Avenue near the historic DeLuxe Theatre. On December 4, it’s scheduled for West 43rd Street in the Garden Oaks neighborhood. Gail DelaughterThis Sunday’s event will be held on Eldridge Parkway between Enclave and Briar Forest.last_img read more