‘Great team!’ Trump will welcome Pittsburgh Penguins to White House

first_imgUS sports Donald Trump Read more Bryan Armen Graham Topics Read more Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. As Donald Trump faced backlash for his harsh criticism of athletes who have kneeled in protest for the national anthem, the Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed on Sunday they will visit the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory. Share on WhatsApp Memo to Trump after his NFL rant: sport is, and always has been, political NHL NFL players kneel for anthem in unprecedented defiance of Trump Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Facebook US politics Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn “We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have open dialogue on issues we felt would be important to raise.“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.”The Super Bowl-champion New England Patriots were the first professional team to visit the White House since Trump took office in January.The Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators in June to capture a second straight Stanley Cup and their third in nine seasons. Their previous post-championship visits came during the presidencies of George HW Bush and Barack Obama. In a statement, the Penguins said they “respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of championship teams visiting the White House”.The statement added: “Any agreement or disagreement with a president’s politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways. However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit.”Trump confirmed the invitation with tweet. “Please[d] to inform that the Champion Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL will be joining me at the White House for Ceremony. Great team!” he said.The announcement came on the same day unprecedented numbers of NFL players knelt and pursued other forms of protest and a day after Trump withdrew a similar invitation to the Golden State Warriors, breaking a tradition dating back to the Reagan years.On Friday, point guard Stephen Curry, the NBA champions’ star player, told reporters he planned to vote no when the players came together to decide whether to visit Trump, adding the Warriors could “inspire some change” and “send a statement” by snubbing the president.On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team, Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”In a statement issued later, the Warriors said: “While we intended to meet as a team at the first opportunity we had this morning to collaboratively discuss a potential visit to the White House, we accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. Pittsburgh Penguins Reuse this contentlast_img read more

FISHERIESAQUACULTUREAquaculture Review Board Members Appointed

first_imgFisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell has appointed the first members of the new independent Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board. “Appointing members to the Aquaculture Review Board is an important next step in ensuring our aquaculture industry continues to grow in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Mr. Colwell. “The knowledge and experience these members bring to the review board will give us one of the most robust approaches for regulating aquaculture in the world.” Jean McKenna of the Halifax Regional Municipality was appointed as chair of the review board. Ms. McKenna is a retired lawyer with 30 years’ experience as a litigator. She is currently the chair of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board. She also has involvement with such bodies as the Elizabeth Fry Society, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and Metro Resource Centre for Independent Living. Ms. McKenna is being appointed as chair of the Aquaculture Review Board for a three-year term. Michael McKinnon of Halifax Regional Municipality was appointed as a member of the review board. Mr. McKinnon is an owner of two businesses giving him experience in business management and financial risk assessment. He has knowledge of recreational fishing industries through his long time enjoyment of recreational salmon fly fishing. His appointment is for a two-year term. Richard Patterson of Halifax Regional Municipality is currently the president of AquaEng Consulting. He is an adjunct assistant professor of the Engineering Department, Dalhousie University and a member of the Aquaculture Engineering Society and continues to study the engineering aspects of aquaculture broadly. His appointment is for a three-year term. The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board is a new adjudicative board which reviews and makes decisions on applications for marine aquaculture licences and leases. They will also hold public hearings on applications. Aquaculture is worth about $60 million annually to the Nova Scotia economy and supports 600 direct jobs. For more information on the regulations and aquaculture visit http://novascotia.ca/fish/aquaculture.last_img read more

Walmart CVS Health hammer out new PBM pharmacy network deal

first_imgBENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart will continue to operate through CVS Health’s pharmacy benefit management commercial and managed Medicaid retail pharmacy networks.Shares of CVS, which have been under pressure since Tuesday when it said it could not come to an agreement with Walmart on pricing, rose more than 2 per cent before the opening bell Friday.Including Walmart, the CVS Caremark national pharmacy network will have nearly 68,000 participating pharmacies for members to choose from, including independently-owned, community-based pharmacies, other local pharmacies in grocery stores and mass merchants and regional and national chains.Walmart Inc. and CVS Health Corp. have an existing agreement for Walmart’s participation in the CVS Caremark Medicare Part D pharmacy network. Walmart’s Sam’s Club also has an existing deal to participate in the CVS Caremark pharmacy networks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Thousandsyearold Egyptian sarcophagus opened on live TV

first_imgWashington DC: A sarcophagus containing an Egyptian high priest was opened on live TV Sunday during a special two-hour broadcast by the American channel Discovery. “Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live” aired from the site outside Minya, which is along the Nile River south of Cairo and its Giza pyramids. Archeologists recently discovered a network of vertical shafts at the site which led to tunnels and tombs containing 40 mummies “believed to be part of the noble elite.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAfter exploring other tombs — finding artifacts like statues, amulets, canopic jars used to store organs, and other mummies including one that had decomposed to a skeleton — they crawled to the chamber containing the intricately carved sarcophagus. It took the strength of several people to open. And the team’s efforts had not gone to waste: inside was a pristinely linen-wrapped mummy surrounded by treasure including gold. “I can’t believe this, this is incredible,” exclaimed Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist and former antiquities minister, who had taken charge of the expedition with American explorer Josh Gates as the host of the broadcast. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsA Discovery spokesman previously told AFP that the project was set up in collaboration with Egypt’s antiquities ministry. Gates said the mummy was that of a high priest of Thoth, the ancient Egyptian god of wisdom and magic, and dated to Ancient Egypt’s 26th dynasty — the last native dynasty to rule until 525 BC. “Toward the end of Ancient Egypt, the power really was with the high priests and you can see this… almost feels like a royal burial,” Gates said. Cairo has sought to promote archeological discoveries across the country in a bid to revive tourism hit by turmoil after the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Asked by AFP about a possible financial deal between the channel and the Egyptian state for permission to film and open the grave, the spokesman for Discovery refused to comment. “It’s a media spectacle in the end — but it could make people love antiquities and is a good promotional opportunity for tourism, if done right,” an Egyptian archeologist who asked to remain anonymous said. However, she asked: “If money is being paid by a major channel to the ministry to show antiquities, where is it going to end up?” “Will it go in the state’s purse-strings or end up elsewhere? We need more transparency on where the money is going.” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has overseen a crackdown on dissent, banning protests and jailing Islamists as well as liberal and secular activists. He regularly evokes political stability to draw foreign investment. The tourism sector has begun to return, with arrivals reaching 8.3 million in 2017, according to government figures. That still falls far short of the 14.7 million in 2010. Discovery’s broadcast also comes with global interest in Egyptian archeology generated by a “once in a generation” exhibition about the pharaoh Tutankhamun, which opened in Paris last month and will tour the world.last_img read more

Turkey Arrests 2 Spies for UAE in Investigation of Khashoggi Murder

Rabat – Turkish law enforcement have arrested two spies who have allegedly confessed to working for the United Arab Emirates, reported international media.Reuters reported that one of the two spies arrived in Turkey in October 2018 after Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul in the Saudi consulate.The other spy arrived “later to help his colleague.” An anonymous Turkish official said that authorities are investigating whether the spies’ arrival had any relation with the killing of Khashoggi. Police detained the spies on Monday and formally arrested them on Friday, according to AP.“It is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs, including political dissidents, living in Turkey,” said the official.Read also: Jamal Khashoggi’s Fiancee Demands EU Sanction Saudi ArabiaKhashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, when he went to the Saudi consulate to get documents for his upcoming wedding.Turkish police never found Khashoggi’s body. Turkish police said that Khashoggi’s remains might have been dissolved in acid and poured down the drain of the Saudi consulate.In February, the New York Times cited US officials who spoke of a damning statement from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. MBS had said he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the Saudi government, if he refused to come back to Saudi Arabia.The New York Times article said that “current and former American and foreign officials” relayed the conversation between Mohammed bin Salman and a top aide, Turki Aldakhil.The conversation, which was intercepted by American intelligence agencies, dated back to September 2017. read more

Government clears EIA for Port City project

The Sri Lankan government has cleared the decks for the controversial Colombo Port City project to resume, the country’s finance minister told the South China Morning Post.Executives at the related Chinese companies who cannot be identified separately told the Post that the project was expected to restart around February, after all the final details had been worked out. Inaugurated by President Xi Jinping in September and financed by state-controlled and Hong Kong-listed China Communications Construction Co (CCCC) and executed by its subsidiary CHEC Port City Colombo, the project has driven a wedge between Beijing and Colombo, once one among China’s strongest allies in the region.Karunanayake said the government had asked the Chinese project company to agree to a change in provision of freehold land into leasehold land to enable the project to resume. The absence of a proper EIA was cited as a major reason for pulling the US$1.4 billion project – which will see a spanking new business district the size of Monaco rise from the ocean – that was cleared by former China-friendly president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Colombo Port City is among the several big-ticket Chinese-backed infrastructure ventures put on hold after Rajapaksa lost in January’s election. In March, Sri Lanka’s Civil Aviation Authority warned in an internal memorandum to the government that the airspace over the Chinese-held area in the development would be controlled by China, drawing heavy criticism from Beijing. In October, China rushed Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin as special envoy to Sri Lanka to meet the leadership and urge them to restart Chinese projects, especially Port City.“Sri Lankan leaders have expressed commitment to moving forward the project. I am confident Colombo Port City will be completed in three to five years,” he said at the end of his trip, expressing hope that the government’s decision to restart the project would ease the mounting losses for the Chinese companies as a result of the delay.Since the unity government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe put the brakes on Port City, China has been treating the fate of this project as an indicator of the new regime’s commitment to continue strong bilateral ties.Inaugurated by Xi in September last year, Colombo Port City was a major election issue in the campaign against Rajapaksa. Like many other big-ticket infrastructure projects across the country, it was alleged to have been cleared without due diligence and by subverting procedural norms to favour Chinese companies.Moving away from Rajapaksa’s China focus, the new government has vowed to follow an equidistant foreign policy.Wickremesinghe on Wednesday announced that Sri Lanka would not sign the proposed Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with India. Instead, a new agreement on economic and technological cooperation with its northern neighbour was being worked out. (Colombo Gazette) “India is pressuring the government not to give us freehold land,” a senior Chinese executive, who refused to be identified, told the Post, adding that negotiations on the leasehold condition would begin in two weeks.India has been concerned about increasing Chinese presence in its relatively less guarded southern flank since two Chinese submarine calls in Colombo last year. The incident is understood to have been the final straw in India’s relations with Rajapaksa, whose pronounced China tilt had already strained his ties with New Delhi.The public consultation on the environment report will end around the middle of January. Several high-level sources have told the Post that Colombo has been trying to put the project back on track with a sense of urgency. “We have given all the necessary clearances. Now it is up to the investors to sort out the minor details,” said Ravi Karunanayake. “On our part, the government is happy with the environmental impact assessment [EIA] report for the project. It is now under public consultation.” “This is in accordance with the law of the land. Foreigners can’t own land in this country and everyone has to abide by it,” the minister said.Under the original agreement, CCCC would reclaim 233 hectares off Colombo coast. It would keep 108 hectares, including 20 hectares on a freehold basis and the rest on a 99-year lease. Sri Lanka would own the rights to the other 125 hectares.Apart from potential environmental damage ranging from coastal erosion to loss of marine life, this provision of giving freehold land to a Chinese state company became a political hot potato at home and abroad. read more

Australian spy charged with bugging leak denied legal aid

CANBERRA, Australia — A defence lawyer says a former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor’s government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas has been denied legal aid and might not be able to adequately fund his case.The charge against the spy was discussed in a Canberra court on the eve of the prime minister flying to East Timor on Friday to begin a new revenue-sharing agreement.The spy’s allegations that Australia bugged East Timorese Cabinet rooms in Dili in 2004 during treaty negotiations led to a 2006 treaty being scrapped.The spy’s lawyer Haydn Carmichael told a magistrate on Thursday he and other lawyers were representing their client for free.The Associated Press read more

New book explores old brothels

Many studies of the ancient Greek city-state haven’t included a key feature of the urban landscape — brothels. Brock University classics professor Allison Glazebrook pondered this information gap while on sabbatical in Athens. After discussing the issue with colleagues, she began to examine the minute differences in archaeological digs to differentiate between conventional homes and other semi-private dwellings, including taverns, inns and brothels. This examination snowballed into a book about the subject, which she coedited with Barbara Tsakirgis of Vanderbilt Univeristy, called Houses of Ill Repute: The Archaeology of Brothels, Houses, and Taverns in the Greek World.Glazebrook, a historian, was drawn to the study of brothels in ancient Greece through her exploration of women, gender and sexuality in the ancient world.“There was more diversity within the sex trade than had been previously explored,” she says.  “To discover this, I needed to examine the brothels.”She collaborated with archaeologists who wrote articles for the volume and helped her see ancient brothels from a new perspective. “I raised questions and they were able to approach the data in a very different way than I could,” she says. “I was interested in the bigger picture and they were talking about first-hand experience.”  Glazebrook stressed the importance of identifying semi-private spaces and differentiating them from conventional homes. “We know they are there and we need to be looking for them,” she says. “We need to be open to how we are interpreting the data. It points to a varied landscape.” This varied landscape paints a more complete picture of ancient Greek life.   “Most people think of the theatre or temples. Maybe now they will think of the other spaces,” says Glazebrook. “Citizen life was complex, individuals sought out modes of entertainment such as playing games and going to bars and brothels.” The idea of being an entertainment venue highlights the differences between modern brothels and those of ancient Greece.“The ancient brothels look like they may have been social spaces that also involved prostitution. It was not strictly a sexual encounter,” she says.A lack of formal zoning regulation or prohibition meant a brothel could be located in almost any residential area; however, due to a desire for pedestrian traffic they were most often located in high-volume places such as the ports or gates of the city. As with location, Glazebrook says the social class of the prostitutes themselves also varied. This ranged from slaves who were bound to the sex trade to high-class courtesans who were more independent she says. Beyond the business of being a prostitute, the establishment of a brothel also enabled ancient women to manage the establishments.“It’s surprising to see how often women are mentioned working in these roles,” says Glazebrook.Houses of Ill Repute may be purchased at Amazon.ca  or through Penn Press. read more

Football Ohio State releases Week 11 depth chart

Ohio State junior kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) kicks a field goal in the second quarter in the game against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFour days before No. 6 Ohio State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) hosts No. 24 Michigan State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten), the Buckeyes released their Week 11 depth chart, leaving the majority of the depth chart unchanged except for two changes on special teams.For the first time this season, freshman Blake Haubeil was listed as the co-starter with redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger at kicker. Nuernberger is 10-for-12 in field goal tries this season with his only two misses coming during Ohio State’s Oct. 7 matchup against Maryland. Though he drilled his lone field goal attempt against Iowa, it was a near miss as the ball appeared to fly above the left upright. Nuernberger is listed as the team’s kickoff specialist. However, Haubeil kicked off against Iowa. The only other change was redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber being listed as a co-starter with redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell as the kickoff returner. Sophomore H-back K.J. Hill was the listed backup kick returner despite being the co-starter on last week’s depth chart. Weber returned six kicks for Ohio State against Iowa and averaged 17.2 yards as the returner due to Campbell missing the game. Campbell has averaged 36.6 yards per return through nine kick returns this season, and has been cleared to play against Michigan State.Ohio State’s game against the Spartans kicks off at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Klondike hopes to strike gold again with World Heritage Site designation

first_imgThe Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced a C$700,000 investment to support the nomination process for the Klondike to receive a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site designation.The funding will support the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in developing the Klondike UNESCO World Heritage Assessment and Strategic Plan and the nomination dossier. The First Nation will also use the funding to develop a plan to prepare the community to take advantage of tourism and economic opportunities should the designation be received. A World Heritage Site designation would draw more visitors to the Klondike, increasing the need for hospitality and services industries and creating jobs for Indigenous Peoples in the region. The designation will also create greater opportunities for community cultural and environmental preservation.The Klondike is in the heart of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory. Unique around the world, the Tr’ondëk-Klondike region celebrates the co-existence of Indigenous and non-Indigenous culture brought together by the historic gold rush. When tens of thousands of gold seekers transformed the landscape with mining activities, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in maintained their traditional relationships and activities in the face of enormous changes to their lands.Bains: “The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory, home of the historic Klondike gold rush, truly exemplifies the unique and rich culture of Canada. With this nomination and potential designation, we can celebrate our shared and unique cultures, welcome more visitors from around the world, and increase opportunities for economic development in the heart of this community.”“The Klondike is a special place that the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have called home for thousands of years. By helping more people realize the outstanding cultural, historical, and environmental preservation of this region, the tourism benefits to this community will be significant. Indeed, all Yukoners will benefit from greater recognition of what our territory has to offer,” said Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon“The Tr’ondëk-Klondike UNESCO World Heritage Site designation would have positive social and economic impacts for our community and give us the chance to share our story with the world. This funding is crucial to advancing the project and getting one step closer to a successful nomination,” said Roberta Joseph, Chief, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First NationQuick Facts Complementing CanNor’s investment of C$711,248 over three years, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation is contributing C$59,662 to this project.The Klondike UNESCO nomination project is highlighted in the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Regional Economic Development Plan, which promotes sustainable economic development for the traditional territory.Klondike map courtesy of Wikimedia.last_img read more

Monchi reiterates confidence in Di Francesco at Roma

first_imgAS Roma sporting director Monchi announced that the club retain “100%” confidence in under-fire coach Eusebio Di FrancescoThe Giallorossi blew a two-goal lead on Saturday at Cagliari to settle for a 2-2 draw, which left them only eighth in the Serie A table after 15 games.It means that Roma’s five-season run of finishing in the top three in the league is in danger of ending with reports in the Italian media suggesting Di Francesco’s future is on the line.The Italian himself declared that his focus remains on the pitch with Monchi now announcing that the club board retain full confidence in him.“Unfortunately I have talked about this too many times: the position of the club has not changed and our confidence [in the coach] is the same,” Monchi told Sky Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“When I have belief in a professional I do not easily change my mind. I am a bit confused when I read things about the directors: that there is a war between us, that I want to walk away, that I’m getting angry. Here we have 100% belief in the coach.“It is the same coach who finished third last season and took us to the Champions League semi-finals – nothing has changed.“Sometimes the responsibility falls on all of us, not just one person: we can’t put everything on the coach.”Roma will face Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic tonight at 18:55 (CET) with the hope of avoiding defeat to book a last-16 spot from Group G.last_img read more

Business group projects 1600 job loss in Anchorage in 2016

first_imgA jobs forecast prepared for a business group in Alaska’s largest city projects that Anchorage will suffer a loss of 1,600 jobs this year, including 600 in the oil and gas sector.The 2016 Anchorage economic forecast released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. says the city of just under 300,000 could see a net 1 percent jobs decline.Cost-cutting by petroleum companies and a projected decline in state government spending are among factors in the projected job loss.The report forecasts a loss of 500 government jobs and 500 construction jobs.Corporation chief executive officer Bill Popp says a 1 percent reduction takes the city back to 2012 job levels.The report forecasts an increase in health care and hospitality jobs.last_img

Enhanced IDs help some tribal members cross borders

first_imgEnrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs.Listen nowThey can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary.But many other tribes can’t afford them.The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska counts more than 30,000 members in and outside the state.The Pascua Yaqui Tribe was among the first to issue enhanced tribal ID cards. The Tlingit-Haida Central Council is now issuing such cards. (Photo by Indian Country Today Media Network)It’s issued photo ID cards for more than a dozen years. But Central Council President Richard Peterson said the enhanced ones are more secure.“These new IDs can’t really be replicated,” Peterson said. “They have a hologram, kind of like the state ID has done. (And) TSA prefers having the enhanced cards,” he said.The IDs have been required for several years by the Department of Homeland Security’s Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.Jacqueline Pata is executive director of the National Congress of American Indians. She’s also a Central Council vice president.“Unfortunately, not a lot of tribes have been able to do it because it’s quite costly,” Pata said. “It’s kind of like one of those unfunded mandates from the (federal) government. So, unless they’re able to get other resources – some tribes have been able to get some grant monies – but most tribes have had to fund it themselves.”Enhanced IDs are particularly necessary for tribal governments near Mexico and Canada, Pata said.“So many tribes are border tribes and our culture doesn’t stop because border lines were drawn,” Pata said.The Central Council said the new IDs’ security enhancements will help protect personal data and reduce the risk of counterfeiting.Council members can apply for the new cards through the organization’s website.Peterson said they can mail in a photo or catch up with council officials as they travel the region.“We try to get to our largest population bases for sure and get those done,” Peterson said. “And then we do community visits and then we’ll bring our equipment there because they can print them on site.”The new Central Council ID cards are good for five years, after which they must be replaced.last_img read more

Quota reform leaders fear arrest enforced disappearance

first_imgStudents demanding reform in quota system in government jobs were attacked by ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists several times in last four days. Picture: Prothom Alo.The leaders and activists of quota reform movement fear arrest and enforced disappearance in the face of repeated attacks by the ruling party’s student cadres and following arrest of their leaders.They are not also planning any fresh programme, rather the leaders of the movement say their main concern is about how to free the arrested leaders.Students under the banner of ‘Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad’ have been pressing for their demand for reforms in existing quota system in government jobs.On the recent spate of attacks on them reportedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League men and arrest of several of its leaders, convenor of the the platform Hasan Al Mamun said to Prothom Alo, “We are scared of arrest and enforced disappearances. We have no doubt they will file cases against us. Future of those of us who led the movement is apparently bleak.”Mamun said the joint conveners of the movement, Faruk, Jasim and Mashiur were arrested on Tuesday. Another one named Mahfuz remains missing and joint convenor Nurul Haque, in ailing condition, is not seen publicly.Nur was severely beaten by the BCL men and activists in front of central library of Dhaka University on 30 June.Mamun alleged that the government forces have deactivated their Facebook accounts so that they could not forge any fresh movement.Meanwhile, students and teachers of Rajshahi University on Tuesday demonstrated demanding the release of the arrested students, punishment of the attackers on students and reform in quota system.However, the students could not launch any demonstration in the Dhaka University campus as the BCL men were heavily deployed there.Leaders of the platform could not come to the campus fearing attack and arrest.Eight leaders of the platform have been shown arrest so far in four cases.BCL leaders on Monday handed over Faruk Hossain in Shahbagh police station after beating him severely. He was shown arrested on Tuesday.Joshim Uddin and Toriqul Islam were shown arrested in cases filed in connection with attacks on the residence of DU vice chancellor and vandalising motor bike of a police man.Joint convenor of the platform Rashed Khan was shown arrested under section 57 of ICT act on Sunday.Deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman confirmed that eight students had been arrested between Saturday and Tuesday.A group of lawyers have decided to provide legal assistance to the ‘harassed students’.Lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua said, a group of 20 lawyers are ready to provide the students with legal assistance.If the members of the family seek any legal help, they would readily extend their hand, he added.The government has formed a seven-member committee led by the cabinet secretary to make recommendations about quota reforms. Formed on Monday night, the committee is likely to meet on 8 July for the first time.Human chain protesting harassment of Fahmidul HaqueA group of teachers and students formed human chain in front of Aparajeyo Bangla on Wednesday protesting at the harassment of DU teacher Fahmidul Haque.Fahmidul was attending a demonstration in front of National Press Club on Tuesday protesting at the attack on students demanding quota reforms  But some policemen harassed and threatened him to arrest.Attending the human chain, Gitiara Nasreen, teacher of DU’s Mass Communication and Journalism department, said, every citizen has the right to express his/her concern. “But those who are expressing their concern are being attacked or harassed,” she added.Teacher of Economics department Rushad Faridi said, “I am feeling mentally sick seeing all this incidents. University students are being beaten mercilessly and being taken on police remand for no reason. We want justice for all of these incidents.”Dhaka University’s teacher of International Relations department Tanzimuddin Khan and Sociology department’s Samina Luthfa also attended the human chain.last_img read more

Facebook Hires HP Exec Antonio Lucio as CMO to Lead Branding After

first_img“Facebook’s story is at an inflection point,” Cox acknowledged in his post. “We have never faced bigger challenges, and we have never had more opportunities to have a positive impact on the world — in our families, our friendships, our communities, and our democracy — by improving our products at their core, and then by telling the story outside that we all know to be true inside.”Lucio, born in Spain and raised in Puerto Rico, also will contribute to diversifying Facebook’s senior-executive ranks. Cox praised Lucio’s outspokenness “on the importance of building diverse teams at every level in the organization.”Prior to joining HP in 2015, Lucio spent eight years at Visa, most recently as global chief marketing and communication officer, where he created the company’s first global positioning and brand-identity system. He also has held marketing management positions at companies including PepsiCo, Kraft General Foods, RJR Foods International and Procter & Gamble.Lucio holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University. He’s fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, according to his HP bio. Facebook has turned to marketing pro Antonio Lucio to lead its communications strategy after a series of brand-tarnishing episodes.Most recently, Lucio was HP’s chief marketing and communications officer and previously was Visa’s global CMO. At Facebook, he reports to chief product officer Chris Cox, with an official start date of Sept. 4. Lucio replaces Gary Briggs, who stepped down as the social giant’s chief marketing officer in January 2018, saying he would consult for companies and Democratic candidates.Cox, in a Facebook post Thursday (Aug. 23) announcing the hire, praised Lucio’s “extraordinary reputation in the industry as a leader, a marketer, an operator, and a wise, gracious, and deeply principled human being.”Lucio comes on board as Facebook continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that erupted earlier this year, which involved the political consulting firm’s illicit capture of data on millions of users. Just this week, Facebook disclosed that data on another 4 million users “may have been misused” by a third-party app, and it has suspended hundreds of other apps from the platform. The company also has been in the hot seat for its role facilitating attempts by Russia to influence U.S. elections, as well as how it manages content like misinformation and hate speech. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Air Australia in administration passengers stranded

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Less than four months since stepping out of its Strategic shell and into Air Australia the carrier has announced the suspension of its services after confirming it was placed into administration early this morning.Effective immediately, thousands of passengers have since been left scurrying to rebook flights with alternate airlines with at least two flights due to fly between Melbourne and Phuket as well as Honolulu suspended along with domestic services between Brisbane and Melbourne. In total up to 40 flights have been confirmed as cancelled over the next week and according to the carrier, its grounding has resulted from a loss of money to refuel its aircraft and to “meet operational expenses”.Administrators, KordaMentha spokesperson said it was “highly unlikely there will be any flights in the short to medium” and advised travellers who booked via credit card may ask for the money to be returned back into their account while those who paid cash are less likely to receive a refund.”Unfortunately if you paid by cash, it is likely you will not be entitled to a refund unless you took out insurance and that insurance covers an event of insolvency,” the administrator said. KordaMentha added that there is hope for the recovery of the carrier overtime. “We’ve had to suspend operations at the moment, that’s the first thing we’ve done and it’s possible we’ll be able to find a white knight to save the airline but it’s early days yet,” the spokesperson noted.Meanwhile the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) has issued a statement advising Air Australia passengers to contact their travel agents and insurance companies to organise alternative flights before contacting DFAT for more information. The Department also recommended family and friends in Australia contact known travellers booked to fly with the carrier and notify them of the situation. last_img read more

APT celebrates in 2017

first_imgAPT celebrates in 2017Leading luxury cruise and tour operator APT is popping the cork on a huge year in 2017, celebrating an amazing 90 years from running a local bus route in Melbourne to cruising the Danube.To mark this amazing milestone, APT has launched the Celebration Sale, with offers such as free international flights, cabin upgrades, complimentary stopovers, and air credits available on APT’s most popular cruises and tours.Reflecting on the occasion, Australian travel industry legend and APT owner Geoff McGeary said that he felt it was important to share the occasion with those that had helped the business to be where it is today.“We wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for our wonderful guests and loyal partners who have continued to support us through the years,” he said.“The Celebration Sale is one way we can acknowledge that, and there will also be other opportunities through the year.”The APT journey began when a 24-year-old mechanic named Bill McGeary put a bus body on a truck tray and seized an opportunity to transport commuters during a tram strike.From there the business, which was originally called De Luxe Motors, branched out to become a school bus company based in Melbourne’s south east.Bill’s son Geoff McGeary joined the business in 1961.  In the mid 1960s he began taking tours to the Outback.In those days, the roads were dirt, they travelled in the 2WD school bus and accommodation options barely existed.  But through those trips Geoff found his calling, seeing an opportunity to evolve the bus line into a coach tour company.Later, Geoff purchased Kimberley Wilderness Adventures, which now offers 4WD touring as well as a network of wilderness lodges throughout the Kimberley and small ship expedition cruises along the Kimberley coast.He added Outback Wilderness Adventures to the portfolio too, extending the 4WD tours across Australia to include Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia.Through a progression of strategic partnerships and acquisitions over the years, Geoff added new and innovative styles of travel, enabling APT to diversify to include international destinations and itineraries such as the very popular Canada & Alaska tours and cruises.In the 2000s Geoff introduced river ship cruising for the Australian and New Zealand traveller in Europe; later expanding into Asia, South America, Africa, and India. In doing so he helped nurture the river cruise market, which has proved to be a huge success today.In 2014 Geoff was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for services to tourism.  The business has also had its share of accolades. In 2016 APT won the prestigious National Travel Industry Award for Best Tour Operator – Domestic for the fifth consecutive year; and Best River Cruise Operator for the second year running. In 2015 it also won Best Tour Operator – International.In 2017 APT will continue to operate cruises and tours on every continent, including Antarctica. Journeys will range from 4WD tours of the Kimberley, to small ship expedition cruises in the Baltic Sea, to river cruises on the Danube and the Irrawaddy alike.APT’s Celebration Sale will run until March 15. For more information, call 1300 196 420. APTfor more information, visitSource = APTlast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   It’s impossible to pin that on Brady. He’s already won four Super Bowls and is one of the most decorated quarterbacks ever to play the game.It’s dumb to include Newton in the category. He’s only 26 and is improving every season.But despite a complete team failure in a 49-15 loss to the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game, Palmer is still a target of critics, both locally and nationally.“Carson Palmer is a choke artist.”“Palmer showed his true colors on the big stage again.”“The enormity of a championship game is too much for Palmer.”If you paid attention after Carolina’s win over the Cardinals, you likely heard comments similar to these or ones more harsh in nature. Heck, you may have been one of the people spewing this narrative.It’s all hogwash.Newton, Brady and Palmer also had another thing in common in their respective playoff exits — they faced defenses that were relentless.Brady was hit 23 times by Denver’s rugged ‘D’ in the AFC Championship Game. He was sacked four times and he threw two interceptions.Newton was terrorized by that same Broncos defense in the Super Bowl Sunday night. He was sacked seven times by Denver. He had only been sacked twice in two prior playoff games by two pretty good defenses in Seattle and Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Only three players received votes in the AP NFL Most Valuable Player balloting this season — Carolina’s Cam Newton, New England’s Tom Brady and Arizona’s Carson Palmer.None of them contributed to a Super Bowl championship this season. None of the three played very well in the game in which his team was eliminated from the postseason.Yet, nobody in New England or Charlotte has uttered a word about finding a new quarterback for 2016. Some people have said that in Arizona. Only Palmer is facing the “he’ll never win the big one” label. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Palmer was under duress on pretty much every throw in the NFC title game against Carolina. His offensive line couldn’t block effectively, and the Cardinals paid for it. He was sacked three times and hit on six other occasions. He threw four interceptions and fumbled twice.In fact, the Brady-Newton-Palmer trio combined to complete only 49.6 percent of its passes while committing a total of 11 turnovers and compiling a 39.52 QB rating in elimination games.This is not an attempt to sugarcoat Palmer’s worst performance in an Arizona uniform. He was bad. But it had more to do with what was happening across from him.Defense wins championships. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that adage in my life, I’d be on a beach, sipping an adult beverage and not thinking at all about football. It was proven again Sunday night, just as it was proven in both conference championship games.No quarterback is immune to a great defense hell-bent on destruction. Not Brady, not Newton and not Carson Palmer.So can we all get off Carson’s back now? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Heise invites mother of Kelsey Smith to testify before House committee on

first_img17Feb Heise invites mother of Kelsey Smith to testify before House committee on Kelsey’s Law State Rep. Kurt Heise and the House Criminal Justice Committee today heard testimony from Missy Smith, the mother of Kelsey Smith, on the importance of allowing police to use a person’s cell phone location in certain emergency situations.House Bill 4006, sponsored by Heise, requires wireless telecommunication providers to disclose a user’s location to police in emergency situations where there is a serious risk of death or bodily harm.“The story of Kelsey Smith is a tragic one,” said Heise, chair of the committee. “We must do everything we can to make sure every Michigan resident is safe, which is possible if we put in place procedures that allow police to respond quickly to save those who are in need of protection.”Missy Smith gave testimony about the horrific story of her daughter’s 2007 death, where Kelsey was kidnapped, raped, sodomized and murdered. During her testimony, she stressed the importance of allowing police to access cell phone locations, noting that if the police had access to Kelsey’s cell phone location she may still be alive today.“In emergency situations, every minute matters,” said Heise, R-Plymouth Township. “We have a duty to make sure that stories like Kelsey’s never happen again. Kelsey’s Law gives our police officers the necessary tools to respond quickly, which can be the difference between life and death.”Heise also said that in order to protect an individual’s privacy and to combat abuse, the bill requires an officer to seek a court order to continue using or requesting pings after 48 hours.HB 4006 unanimously passed the committee and now heads to the House floor.### Categories: Newslast_img read more