Inuk woman talks about winning Indspire award for I‎nuit youth

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsA ‎young woman from Iqaluit has won this year’s Indspire award for Inuit youth.The annual awards celebrate Indigenous achievement and can be seen on APTN in March.APTN met with the Inuit Youth Council president to ask her about the honour and how she earned it.last_img

Morocco, China Discuss Boosting Military Cooperation

Rabat  –  The means to beef up military cooperation between Morocco and China were raised, on Thursday in Rabat, during a meeting between Supreme Commander and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), General de Corps d’Armée, FAR’s General Inspector and commander of the Southern Zone, and Chinese Major General Yao Yunzho, Director of the Department of the World Military Research at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Science.The meeting tackled the results of bilateral military cooperation as well as the opportunities for further boosting cooperation in areas of common concern, FAR’s General Staff said in a statement.Special focus was given to cooperation prospects between the Royal Armed Forces and the People’s Liberation Army notably in areas pertaining to training and the exchange of visits. The talks are part of the momentum that has been characterising the bilateral friendship ties, added the statement.Major General Yao Yunzhu is leading a Chinese military and civilian delegation on a visit to the Kingdom on December 10-13. read more

Nuclear reactor in southern Japan being loaded with fuel before restarting next

TOKYO – A nuclear plant operator has begun loading fuel into a reactor in southern Japan before it resumes operating next month in the first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.Kyushu Electric Power Co. says the first four fuel bundles were loaded into the Sendai plant’s No. 1 reactor Tuesday. The utility plans to finish loading all 157 fuel bundles Friday ahead of final inspections for an Aug. 10 restart.Regulators affirmed the safety of two Sendai reactors last September. The second reactor is scheduled to be restarted in October.All of Japan’s more than 40 reactors are offline for repairs or safety checks. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to restart as many of them as possible to meet the nation’s energy needs and grow the economy. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nuclear reactor in southern Japan being loaded with fuel before restarting next month read more

Car quality improves even as new technology is introduced

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 11:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This Wednesday, April 1, 2015, file photo shows a wheel of the 2016 Kia Optima on display at the New York International Auto Show. Despite adding sophisticated electronic safety features and touch screens that once were prone to glitches, most automakers improved their reliability scores this year in an annual survey of new-car buyers. The 2016 survey of more than 80,000 car buyers from February through May found that Korea’s Kia had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles at 83. It was closely followed by Porsche at 84, Hyundai at 92, Toyota wit 93 and BMW with 94. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Car quality improves even as new technology is introduced DETROIT – Despite adding sophisticated electronic safety features and touch screens that once were prone to glitches, most automakers improved their reliability scores this year in an annual survey of new-car buyers.The latest survey by the J.D. Power consulting firm determined that quality improved for 21 of 33 auto brands in the survey. This year’s scores improved 6 per cent over 2015, double last year’s increase and the biggest jump in seven years. And for the first time in 27 years, a brand for the masses led the pack as Kia edged out Porsche as the automaker with the fewest problems.“It has become clear that automakers are listening to the customer, identifying pain points and are focused on continuous improvement,” said Renee Stephens, vice-president of U.S. auto quality at J.D. Power.Touch screens, voice recognition and Bluetooth technology have long been bugaboos for automakers, and for years they have brought down scores in the surveys. But last year automakers turned a corner, and this year they improved even more, Stephens said. The improvement in part is due to people getting used to new technology, but automakers also are simplifying the devices, taking out screens that seemed cool but were hard for users to grasp, she said.The study also found that U.S. nameplates collectively scored better than foreign-based competitors for just the second time in the survey’s 30-year history. And for the first time since 2006, mainstream brands had fewer problems than more expensive premium brands.The 2016 survey of more than 80,000 car buyers from February through May found that Korea’s Kia had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles at 83. It was closely followed by Porsche at 84, Hyundai at 92, Toyota wit 93 and BMW with 94. The survey asked owners about problems in the first 90 days of ownership.The worst-performing brands were smart, Fiat, Volvo, Land Rover and Mini, according to the survey.The average score for all brands was 105, seven problems fewer than last year. The Chrysler and Jeep brands, which for many years have been toward the bottom of the survey, showed the most improvement. Chrysler’s problems fell from 143 to 114, boosting the brand from 31st place in 2015 to 20th this year. Jeep rose from 29th place to 18th, improving its problems per 100 vehicles from 141 to 113.General Motors led all manufacturers with seven top finishers by segment, followed by Toyota with six.GM’s Chevrolet Spark led the city car segment, and the Buick Cascada convertible tied with the Scion tC for top sporty car. GM’s Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain tied for top compact SUV, and the Chevy Tahoe was the most reliable large SUV. Chevrolet’s Silverado won in both the light duty and heavy duty large pickup categories.The survey is the first major assessment of quality for 2016 vehicles, and it’s closely watched by car shoppers. Consumer Reports magazine’s influential quality study comes out in October and includes other years.Among the findings from J.D. Power this year:WINNERS AND LOSERS: Kia, which took top honours, had only 83 problems per 100 vehicles. Mercedes’ smart minicar brand was last with 216 problems.MOST IMPROVED: Chrysler and Jeep climbed 11 places each. Jeep finished 18th with 113 problems, while Chrysler finished 20th with 115 problems.BIGGEST SLIDE: The Jaguar luxury brand plummeted 24 spots to 27th with 127 problems.Stephens said that brands with the most revamped models tend to score lower, while those with older vehicles that were carried over into the new model year score higher.____This story has been corrected to show that General Motors had the highest number of segment winners instead of Toyota. read more

Reintegrating former rebels into civilian life a serious concern in Colombia UN

Jean Arnault warned members of the Security Council that the vast majority of those being reintegrated still have no clear economic prospects or livelihoods, once the monthly sum they currently receive as part of the peace process, comes to an end next August.The Colombian National Council for Reintegration, which includes members of FARC and the Government, has a huge task before it, he said, and must agree on its approach to projects, lands and reintegration.Over the past year, he continued, FARC-EP, the Government and the UN Verification Mission have learned that local authorities must be empowered, and more systematic links should be developed with the private sector, universities and other actors “willing and able to assist with long-term reintegration.”Another worry expressed by Mr. Arnault was the sense of legal uncertainty felt by former FARC-EP members. Reconciling peace and justice, he said, is a controversial and emotional issue everywhere. The peace process seeks to bring the full guarantee of due process, victim’s participation and the benefits of restorative sanctions, which he described as a “promising solution to old and difficult dilemmas.”The Verification Mission chief deplored the continued killings of social leaders in Colombia, citing the killing, just a few days ago in the town of Bolivar, of the leader of a government-sponsored coca crop substitution committee, an element of the peace process, together with his two sons. He said that there is a pressing need to prevent and prosecute these crimes.Noting positive developments, Mr. Arnault said there was a strong spirit of cooperation between the members of the bodies tasked with implementing the peace agreement, and the political participation of former FARC rebels in Colombia’s two chambers of Congress, where they are contributing to debates and legislation. read more

On Deck A Sabermetric Broadcast

Although sabermetrics has substantially reshaped baseball’s on-field product over the past few decades, its progress in the broadcast booth has been slower. It’s not hard to see why the two trends haven’t moved in lockstep: While teams adopted the analytics model out of the need to win games, the same market pressures didn’t apply to commentators. For teams, integrating sabermetrics meant they were more likely to win; for commentators, it meant they were more likely to confuse. But now a younger generation is steeped in analytics, and statistically minded fans obsessively check sites such as Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference and Brooks Baseball to get what broadcasts and talk radio aren’t providing.Broadcasters have taken note. In the past few years, we’ve seen some geeky milestones: Sun Sports produced a special sabermetric broadcast of a Tampa Bay Rays game, and WGN flashed a run expectancy matrix on screen during a Cubs broadcast. And Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver, not exactly standard-bearers for the analytics movement, are off the air.On Saturday, Fox Sports 1 is hoping to facilitate the next breakthrough for on-air stat-geekery. During Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, the channel, working in conjunction with its Just A Bit Outside blog, is mounting a broadcast that promises to focus on “statistics, sabermetrics, and graphics, with plenty of debate and conversation while the action plays out on the field.” The show will feature a split-screen, with the game in one window and in the other a panel that includes longtime sabermetric proselytizer Rob Neyer and ex-players turned stat-friendly broadcasters Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski, not to mention current San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. It’s an experiment in whether mainstream America — or at least the America that watches Fox Sports 1 on a Saturday night — is finally ready for metrics to invade Morgan and McCarver’s former province.Kapler certainly seems to think it is, noting that plenty of numbers now widely used on TV (like WHIP and OPS) were once just as foreign to viewers as xFIP and Ultimate Zone Rating. “Baseball fans are ready to absorb metrics they can use to predict what’s coming,” he said.Along similar lines, Neyer hopes the JABO broadcast can put numbers to the baseball fundamentals that fans are used to. “We’ll be talking about the same things that everybody else talks about, just on a somewhat different — and ideally, higher — level,” he said.Neyer’s pet example is pitch framing. While most serious fans know that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is an expert in what Neyer calls “stealing” strikes on borderline pitches, the NLCS coverage will highlight the fact that Molina’s counterpart on the Giants, Buster Posey, is just as good at that dark art according to the numbers.But it won’t be all numbers. The coverage also aspires to effectively blend advanced statistics with the experience of the former players on hand, as well as Black’s managerial mindset. (For instance, in addition to a studio area, the set will also feature one of those whimsical mini-fields upon which Kapler and Nitkowski can perform hands-on demos.) Host Kevin Burkhardt will guide a running conversation that Kapler hopes will appeal to fans seeking hardcore analysis — statistical or otherwise.There’s a tension in any sabermetric treatment of baseball between the cool empiricism of numbers and the gauzy comfort of narrative. In the post-season that’s even more pronounced, because it’s so difficult to make sense of the randomness that short series bring. Neyer thinks the Fox broadcast can straddle that line.“We’re lucky, given the mix of the people who will be on the set, to do both things,” he said. “Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski are both quite well-versed in sabermetrics. … We can a cite a number, but [when an event] doesn’t fit the statistical narrative, Gabe Kapler can literally jump out of his chair … and demonstrate what happened, and why.”Everyone I talked to — including Kapler, Neyer and producer Matt Schnider — also emphasized that the broadcast will have room for debate between the sabermetric outlook and the conventional wisdom. “Those things do come up,” Neyer said. “One of the tricky things for us will be [when] somebody says something that maybe isn’t supported by the data, we’ve got to be able to jump in (on my laptop or with one of our researchers) quickly and find out if that’s true, and then get it out there and see if we can hash it out.”Perhaps the telecast, then, is better thought of as an update to the way baseball broadcasts are done, rather than a groundbreaking exercise in sabermetric programming. It will be the first televised, in-game manifestation of what Baseball Prospectus’s Dayn Perry famously described as the ideal marriage between sabermetrics and traditional thinking:“A question that’s sometimes posed goes something like this: ‘Should you run an organization with scouts or statistics?’ My answer is the same it would be if someone asked me: ‘Beer or tacos?’ Both, you fool. Why construct an either-or scenario where none need exist?”In a field where traditional broadcasts have clung to more or less the same format for half a century, the beer-and-tacos approach is a refreshing change of direction. read more

Shatter says Syrian war is making Lebanon increasingly unstable

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE Alan Shatter has said that Lebanon – where Ireland’s Defence Forces perform peace-keeping duties – is becoming “increasingly unstable” due to the civil war in Syria.Shatter also revealed that Ireland had received a request from the United Nations (UN) within the last month to deploy a number of additional observers to the headquarters of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria.“These requests are currently receiving consideration and a decision will be made shortly,” he said.Responding to Parliamentary Questions on whether more Irish troops would need to be committed to Lebanon, Shatter said that there was no plans “at this time to increase Ireland’s contribution to UNIFIL.”Troops overseasThere are currently 439 Irish Defence Forces personnel serving overseas – 427 Army, two Naval Service and 10 Air Corps personnel.In response to questions about overseas numbers from deputies Dessie Ellis and Bernard J Durkan, Shatter outlined the breakdown of troops:UNIFIL – 357 personnelEU Training Mission (EUTM) Somalia – 10 personnelEU Training Mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) – eight personnelEUFOR mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina – seven personnelThe NATO-led international security presence (KFOR) in Kosovo – 12 personnelInternational Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan – seven personnelObservers and staff to various United Nations and OSCE missions – 23 personnelStaff appointments at UN, EU and OSCE headquarters – 15 personnelThe defence minister said that this reflected the government’s continued “commitment to our responsibilities in the area of international peace and security.”Read: Syria: 3.1 million children need ‘urgent’ help >last_img read more

Oireachtas agenda Mortgage repossession Northern Ireland and Seanad reform

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILLeaders’ Questions begins the day at 10:30am, while members agree to the rest of the day’s agenda in Order of Business just before 11am.There are two Bills on the agenda today, which will soak up any spare time: the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill, which addresses the ‘Dunne ruling’ and clears the way for banks to repossess homes in major mortgage distress; and the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2012 which will legally enforce new three-year spending ceilings for government departments.They’ll be discussed until 1:30pm, when there’s a lunch break, and resume after the following:Leo Varadkar taking questions to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportDiscussion on four Topical Issues at 3:45pm, until just after 4:30pm90 minutes of debate on Sinn Féin’s motion calling for a new initiative to reinvigorate the Northern Irish peace process, between 7:30pm and 9pm.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s day is probably one of the most high-profile it’s had for some time – between 4:30pm and 6:30pm members will debate legislation extending Seanad voting rights to all citizens, and massively overhauling its role in scrutinising statutory instruments (which make up almost 90 per cent of Irish laws). More here.The morning has the more usual formula, however: a 75-minute chat on anything and everything at 10:30am; a discussion on Ireland’s wind energy at 11:45am, and a debate on the OECD’s report on Irish pensions at 3pm.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESFour committee meetings today to be streamed online…It’s an early start for the Justice committee, which convenes at 9:30am to meet Alan Shatter and discuss proposed amendments to his new bill cracking down on money laundering and terrorist financing. (Watch here.)The Social Protection committee meets at 1pm when officials from the Department of Social Protection visit to discuss possible changes to the rent allowance system. (Watch here.)While the Seanad’s future is debated elsewhere, the committee on Public Expenditure and Reform debates legislation which originated there – considering amendments to Feargal Quinn’s Construction Contracts Bill. (Watch here.)Finally, the Public Service Oversight and Petitions committee meets at 5pm to examine the latest matters on which the public has demanded action. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Pain of defeat and what ifs still raw for Leinster as Cullen

first_img Lancaster and Cullen at training in UCD today. Another one, we don’t make a great call, Clermont contest well, then we get a bit jittery. We lose three line-outs of the first four. When it happens in the first 15 minutes it builds pressure on ourselves.“Defensively, on the edges, we just got caught watching and not aware of that player on the very, very edge on the touchline. We got a bit sucked in. It’s something we would have practiced quite a bit, we just didn’t deal with it – obvsiously Isa is binned, so he’s not there for one.”Nacewa returned though, and Richardt Strauss began finding targets with his darts. So Leinster scrapped their way back into a game that should have been well beyond them. Indeed against anyone else at this level, it might well have been, but Clermont and their inescapable history of falling at late hurdles in European competition looked ripe for picking by Leinster.Raking over the what-might-have-beens of Dan Leavy’s 55th minute chalked off try doesn’t exactly ease the anguish of defeat. But it’s tough to avoid. And the alternate scenario is clear in Cullen’s head:“The momentum of the game is completely different,” Cullen begins with all the ‘ifs’ acknowledged.“Suddenly Clermont are the ones that have to play. I thought we looked, bar the first 15 minutes, comfortable in defence. We could put defensive pressure on them, probe the ball in behind them and make them play out from deep. The game takes on a different complexion…” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAlas, the Laws were obeyed and Leinster were not able to add another comeback onto their European highlight reel. But, like Munster, Leinster don’t have to look very far for solace.With the rising stars of Leavy, Carbery, Jack Conan, Luke McGrath, Garry Ringrose, Tadhg Furlong, Ross Molony, Peter Dooley and Josh van der Flier all involved yesterday and the season’s breakthrough talents Adam Byrne, Ross Byrne and Rory O’Loughlin primed to go against Glasgow, Leinster have a squad with many more miles on the clock.“There’s so many of them in that 21 to 25 bracket, I am genuinely excited for the future for Leinster,” says Cullen. Pain of defeat and ‘what ifs’ still raw for Leinster as Cullen sets sights on another semi-final The head coach says he is ‘genuinely excited’ about Leinster’s future given the age profile of his squad yesterday. Apr 24th 2017, 9:16 PM THERE WASN’T EVEN a full 24 hours breathing space between Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final exit and Leo Cullen’s press conference at the province’s Clonskeagh base today.So, the pain of exit, and the manner of it, was still etched deep on the faces of staff and players.A player of the month award couldn’t muster a smile onto the face of Joey Carbery and when Cullen was asked to compare the feeling to his playing experiences there was more of a grimace to his expression than anything elso.“We lost to Perpignan in 2003, I remember it like it was yesterday,” the head coach said, with the ghosts of semi-finals past lurking on his shoulders.“It really does stick with you for a long, long time especially when there’s things you feel you could have done better…”There’s no getting away from the mountain Leinster gave themselves to climb, a 15  – 0 deficit inside 15 minutes.Though they ultimately come away with credit for steadying the ship and forcing Clermont to dig deep for the win, the malfunctions of the line-out and their vulnerability to David Strettle in that period will have been first on the agenda in this morning’s review.“Firstly the line-out: there’s a delay with the ball — and it’s how we manage that situation so we’re not standing with tension building. The ball is called to the tail, it’s a good call, it’s free. We don’t execute our drill and the throw is a fraction over. 13,281 Views Follow us: the42.ie Monday 24 Apr 2017, 9:16 PM European exits for Leinster and Munster but progress has been madeSharks centre handed six-week ban for this dangerous spear tackle Lancaster and Cullen at training in UCD today. Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHOcenter_img I’m really proud of the effort the players put in. We went through it today as a group. It’s still pretty raw and fresh in peoples’ minds. Players did well fronting up. We’ve a big game on Friday in the RDS, so it’s important we try to get it out of our system as soon as we possibly can.“The players have been very open and honest today. They want to learn the lessons, they want to see if they can get better and move forward.“One of the good things is that we know we have another semi-final to come in three four weeks time. We’ll make sure we learn the lessons, so we’re better when we’re in that scenario again.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Share12 Tweet Email Short URL By Sean Farrell https://the42.ie/3356376 33 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

NASAs InSight Lander Is Mars New Weather Forecast Provider

first_img It’s extremely chilly on Mars, according to InSight: The NASA lander will now provide you with a daily weather report from the Red Planet.Starting on Tuesday, NASA’s InSight lander will provide daily stats on temperature, air and wind pressure recorded on Mars, NASA announced in a press release. The public tool, which was developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and Spain’s Centro de Astrobiología, will allow people to see what weather conditions are like on Mars.Did you know I’m sending back daily weather reports from #Mars? Highs have been in the single (or negative) digits lately. Overnight lows — well, let’s just say I’m glad I brought thermal blankets. Brr!Latest weather: https://t.co/gqGuWiEtbxRead more: https://t.co/1mnronEPod pic.twitter.com/WpSqy2rcvG— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) February 19, 2019Thanks to a package of sensors dubbed the Auxiliary Payload System (APSS), InSight will give more weather updates than any previous mission to the Red Planet. InSight can record this weather data during each second of every Martian day and send it back to Earth. The lander will continue to provide daily weather reports for two more Earth years and send updates on seasonal changes to NASA JPL scientists.“APSS will help us filter out environmental noise in the seismic data and know when we’re seeing a marsquake and when we aren’t,” said Don Banfield of Cornell University, who leads InSight’s weather science operations. “By operating continuously, we’ll also see a more detailed view of the weather than most surface missions, which usually collect data only intermittently throughout a sol.”NASA’s new Martian meteorologistGet daily #Mars weather reports from @NASAInSight, including temperature, wind speed and air pressure: https://t.co/iJWVFoTyNI pic.twitter.com/hF1Hc3OdAo— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) February 19, 2019Receiving updates from “Mars’ meteorologist” is easy: Visit the Mars Weather page on NASA Mars InSight Mission’s website to access daily updates on the Red Planet’s temperature and wind pressure. The latest weather forecast, which was provided by InSight on Feb .17, said Mars’ surface had a high temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit and a low temperature of -138 degrees Fahrenheit. So basically, InSight would advise you to stay warm and bundle up in some blankets, because it’s freezing there.“It gives you the sense of visiting an alien place,” Banfield added. “Mars has familiar atmospheric phenomena that are still quite different than those on Earth.”More on Geek.com:NASA’s InSight Lander Deployed Second Instrument on MarsCrew Simulations Expose Weak Spots in NASA Mars MissionNASA Says Goodbye to Its Mars Opportunity Rover Stay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 last_img read more

2018 Toys For Tots Is Underway On The Kenai

first_imgKenai Peninsula Businesses have partnered with the Salvation Army since 2009, serving over 450 families, for the annual Toys for Tots donation drive. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Toys for Tots, of the Kenai Peninsula, is in the midst of their two-month-long toy collection to help those in need. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the Kenai Peninsula. Johna Beech: “The Salvation Army is handling our distribution this year, which is incredible, we’ve partnered with them ever since we started Toys for Tots in 2009.” Toys for Tots will continue to collect unwrapped toys through December 15. For a complete list of toy drop locations http://kptoysfortots.com/toy-drop-locations/last_img read more

21 get bail at court but police cannot arrest them

first_imgKamruzzaman aka DukhuTwenty one accused in a murder case secured bail from the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court in Dhaka after surrendering to it on Monday although police could not arrest any of them 14 days after the murder.Kamruzzaman aka Dukhu, younger brother of Jahangir Alam, chairman of Badda’s Beraid union parishad in Dhaka, was killed in an alleged gun battle between supporters of a ruling Bangladesh Awami League MP and the union parishad chairman on 22 April.The court of Md Khurshid Alam also sent three accused – Farukh Ahmed, Aiyub Ansari and Maruf Ahmed – to jail in connection with the murder case.Main accused Farukh Ahmed is a nephew of the MP, Rahmatullah, while Maruf is a cousin of Farukh Ahmed.Expressing his astonishment, plaintiff Jahangir Alam told Prothom Alo, “Those who are specifically charged with murder got bail but police could not make any arrest!”The Badda police station officer-in-charge Kazi Wazed Ali, however, claimed they have been trying hard to arrest the accused.Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and detective branch (DB) of police also have conducted drives to arrest the accused, he said.Court sources said police arrested two, whose names are not on the charge sheet. Currently, they are in jail.CMM court’s chief public prosecutor Abdullah Abu said he did not know about the bail of so many murder accused as he could not go to the court on Monday due to illness.He said he would take necessary actions after checking the matter on Tuesday.Defence lawyer Abu Sayeed said he told the court that there was no specific charge against any of the accused included in the charge sheet.The case statement said accused Aiyub Ansari opened fire from a shotgun aiming Kamruzzaman. Bullet-hit Kamruzzaman tried to flee the scene. But, Mohsin Kabir opened fire aiming the head of Kamruzzaman with an intention to kill him. The victim then fell down. Then, Maruf Ahmed and Emdad Hossain shot at the back of Kamruzzaman.Plaintiff Jahangir Alam said the accused talked to main accused Farukh Ahmed over mobile phone several times during the shooting. They were repeatedly saying that this [murder] is being done as per the order of Farukh. They have killed one, and others will also be killed.Police, however, could not seize any weapons used in the murder.OC Kazi Wazed Ali said the suit has not resolved with the bail of 21 accused. All the weapons used to commit the murder will be seized. Three accused sent to jail will be interrogated and the accused on the run will be arrested.Earlier, Jahangir Alam alleged that a clash between the MP Rahmatullah and him ensued since January after he had obstructed the MP from making his son a councillor in the elections to Dhaka North City Corporation.Jahangir also said he and his supporters were being obstructed from doing business and this is why they had filed general diaries.Murdered Kamruzzaman also filed a GD on 13 April against a few people on charge of obstructing his business, he mentioned.Jahangir Alam further alleged that the MP bought a piece of land that belonged to a mosque in one-third price of the current market price exerting his influence.Refuting all those allegations, on 23 April, MP Rahmatullah told Prothom Alo that he lived in his government residence in Gulshan in Dhaka. He claimed that he was an MP for four times but never applied for a government plot since he was not greedy.And buying a mosque’s land at a lesser price is beyond question, he added.last_img read more

Set The Captives Free Outreach Center is Relocating

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROJune 25 was a landmark day in the history of Set the Captives Free Outreach Center, of Baltimore County. It was the day the church purchased the building formerly known as Seoul Plaza in Woodlawn.The building at Security Square Mall provides the church with 160,000 square feet to grow their ministry.  To say that the members of Set the Captives Free are excited is an understatement.  They have been praying and giving towards this vision for a long time and God has made it happen.Dr. Karen Bethea (right), Pastor, Set the Captives Free Outreach Center discusses relocation plans for the church with church leaders. (Courtesy Photos)Dr. Karen Bethea is the Pastor and founder of the church and for the past 17 years, she has led the congregation from meeting in a hotel room to purchasing this new facility.  She says that God told her five years ago that the former Seoul Plaza would be their home.When speaking about the process of obtaining the building she stated, “In all honesty I was content with our current building and had many emotions about what God had spoken. Nonetheless, I was sure in what I heard God say and so I began to embrace it,” she said. “We went over and met with the owners of the building (previously), but things did not move forward. We began to realize that this was God’s plan, but we had to wait for his timing.”The new facility will be known as The O.W.E. Center; O.W.E. stands for Outreach, Worship and Education.  The church took time over the past few years to do an in-depth study of the issues plaguing the community, and based on its findings, designed the O.W.E. center to address many of these concerns and hopefully increase the quality of life for those in the community.  Dr. Bethea is passionate about what will take place at the O.W.E. Center.  “The vision of the O.W.E. Center is much more than a church relocating to a larger facility.  It is a movement to create a community center that will increase the total quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore,” she said.  “It will house weekly worship as well as community outreach and educational programs.”According to Dr. Bethea, many new initiatives will be implemented at the O.W.E. Center including a youth enrichment center, expansion of the current food pantry that feeds thousands of families each year, workforce development, financial education, a homeless hospitality suite, home ownership campaign, and a re-entry program.Some of these programs will solely be church driven, while others will be partnerships with existing organizations.The church is actively preparing for this transition. “We are in the process now of finalizing the construction phases and the transition from our current building to our new home,” said Dr. Bethea. “This transition will include closing down our current youth center and administrative offices building, which are located in another building walking distance from our sanctuary building. At this moment we have an idea but cannot give an exact move in date. One thing we can tell you for sure is that there will be a big open house and celebration that all will be invited to rejoice with us.”last_img read more

What makes old people feel younger

first_imgOlder adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns, suggests new research. However, stress and health – not a sense of control – play a significant role in how old younger adults feel, said the study published in the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. “The more control older adults think they have, the younger they feel,” said study co-author Shevaun Neupert, Professor at North Carolina State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor this study, the researchers had 116 older adults (ages 60-90) and 107 younger adults (ages 18-36) fill out a daily survey for eight consecutive days. Study participants were asked questions aimed at assessing their daily stresses, physical health, sense of control over their daily lives, and how old they felt. “Everyone’s sense of control fluctuates from day to day, or even over the course of a day – that’s normal,” Neupert said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We found that when older adults felt more in control, they also felt younger. That was true even when accounting for stress and physical health.” However, an individual’s sense of control had no bearing on self-perceptions of age for young adults. But stress and adverse changes in health did make young people feel older. “This highlights the importance of having older adults retain some sense of autonomy,” Neupert said. “It’s not just a nice thing to do, it actually affects their well-being.”last_img read more

The Week Ahead What the Latest Housing Data Will Tell Us

first_imgThe Week Ahead: What the Latest Housing Data Will Tell Us The June 2017 edition of Housing Finance at a Glance will release Wednesday during a phone conference by the Urban Institute. In the last release, Urban Institute reported that originator profitability measure fell to it’s lowest since 2016 and first-time homebuyer share of GSE purchase loans reached its highest level in history in February 2017 standing at 47.1 percent, up from 38 percent in 2012.Total serious delinquencies resumed decline in Q1 2017 after the seasonal uptick in Q4 of 2016. Despite rising house prices and worsened affordability, increased first time home buying share occurred. However, first-time homebuyers are typically less creditworthy than repeat buyers and therefore more likely to be affected by the tight credit environment Urban Institute reported seeing in the last report.More First-time homebuyer share increases were reported to be expected in the face of improving economy, falling unemployment, and rising household formation and incomes. Urban Institute cited the Census Bureau’s report that 854,000 new-owner households were formed in Q1 2017, which was more than double the 365,000 renter households created in the same period.The Urban Institute said in their last report that credit availability through FHA has worsened in recent years and kept many prospective homebuyers from being able to obtain a mortgage.We will see if the positive trends in household formation and construction activity continued in next weeks Wednesday report. To register for the call, click here. June 25, 2017 453 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News This Weeks Schedule:Case-Shiller U.S. Home Prices, Tuesday 9 a.m. ESTMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday 7 a.m. ESTMay Pending Home Sales Index, Wednesday 10 a.m. ESTFreddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday 10 a.m. ESTFHFA House Price Index, Thursday 9 a.m. EST week ahead 2017-06-25 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

For a Few Million Less

first_img Share How do we know that the housing recovery that began in 2012 is complete? According to an analysis by CoreLogic, while home prices and delinquencies have both returned to their pre-crisis levels, home sales have shown signs of lagging. In this video, Molly Boesel, Principal Economist, Office of the Chief Economist at CoreLogic explains why one needs to look at the whole picture rather than just home sales to understand if we might be seeing the start of a new normal, where it is expected that home sales would be around a million fewer than what they were in 2000. in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News CoreLogic Home Home Sales HOUSING 2018-11-12 Radhika Ojhacenter_img For a Few Million Less November 12, 2018 504 Views last_img read more

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