Stronger Human Trafficking law says Bahamas AG

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 28, 2017 – Nassau – No more ambiguity, once it is passed, it will now also be illegal to even organize or encourage others to participate in human trafficking based on information gathered in any human smuggling investigation.Attorney General, Allyson Maynard Gibson yesterday presented an amendment to the current law, which she says bolsters the legislation on the books so that no one escapes repercussion for these crimes.  While addressing the Senate yesterday, the AG explained that the 2008 legislation had holes, which saw an accused perpetrator be set free after being convicted; the woman won on appeal at Privy Council.There is a repeal and replacement of a section of the bill which now makes it clearer that actions like withholding documents are indictable offenses, which due to the proposed change will certainly bring convictions.#MagneticMediaNews#notoleranceforhumansmuggling#strongerlawsonhumantrafficking#AllysonMaynardGibson#humantrafficking Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AllysonMaynardGibson, #humantrafficking, #magneticmedianews, #notoleranceforhumansmuggling, #strongerlawsonhumantrafficking Jamaica working to reduce human traffickinglast_img read more

Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two men were rescued from a cave near Sunset Cliffs Friday morning after their fishing boat became trapped inside, authorities said.The men were asleep inside a 26-foot-catamaran, which was on auto- pilot mode, as they returned from a fishing trip near Coronado Island when they woke up around midnight and realized the surf was pushing their boat into a cave.They were able to make a distress call, but it took crews around an hour to find the cave, which was near the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, reports said.The U.S. Coast Guard responded, but found their vessel was to large to enter the cave and the two men were eventually rescued by San Diego lifeguards.No injuries were reported.San Diego Fire Department lifeguard 2 Paul Nowakowski took the incredible video and was one of the three lifeguards who participated in the rescue. Lifeguards rescue two men trapped inside cave near Point Loma September 6, 2019 Updated: 9:13 AMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On July 8

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 8, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 8 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraCreative Threads (Doll Accessories)Deano’s PastaEmmett’s EdiblesEJ’s Fresh Grab & GoGaouette FarmHoney Pot Maple FarmJessy’s CupcakesMagic of Yarrow BalloonsPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler Apothecary Seafood ExpressSusan Anton LMTAdditional Attractions:Town Museum & Minutemen At Community TableMake Super Heroes at Kids TableLike 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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25In “Community”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 4In “Community”last_img read more

NEMLEC Foundation Announces Annual Appreciation Dinner Comedy Night On November 30

first_img(Editor’s Note: The Wilmington Police Department is a member of NEMLEC.)DRACUT, MA — The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Police Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its annual Appreciation Dinner and Comedy Night on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Four Oaks Country Club (1 Clubhouse Lane) in Dracut. The cocktail and social hour begin at 6pm. Dinner runs from 7pm to 9pm. The Comedy Show is at 9pm.The NEMLEC Foundation will honor Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes for his continuous work on behalf of police departments throughout the commonwealth.Chief Kyes has taken the lead on immigration enforcement reform, police accreditation and police training. It was through his leadership and exhaustive work that the Commonwealth received a dedicated funding source for police training. He was instrumental in working with the Baker Administration to establish legislation creating a surcharge from car rental fees to subsidize police training.Chief Kyes also serves on the Mass Chiefs of Police Executive Committee, the Municipal Police Training Committee, the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and is the Chairman of the Massachusetts Chiefs Legislative Committee.“Chief Kyes is a tireless advocate for police throughout Massachusetts,” said NEMLEC Foundation Chairman Richard Raymond. “We’re excited to honor him for his constant work to enhance public safety, and celebrate his accomplishments on behalf of all of the communities in the commonwealth.”Tickets for the event are $50 each, or tables of 10 can be purchased for $500.There are also sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 to $2,500. To learn more about the event, including sponsorship opportunities, click here.About the NEMLEC Police Foundation:The NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc. exists to promote and pursue training, education, research, projects, and programs that benefit municipal police agencies and their communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. The foundation promotes the public’s understanding of their police departments. It receives gifts, contributions, and grants from individual benefactors or private organizations and distributes those gifts to benefit The North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and its cities and towns.(NOTE: The above press release is from the NEMLEC Police Foundation via JGPR.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation To Hold Raffle Drawing For Patriots TicketsIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation Donates $5,000 To The Jimmy FundIn “Community”last_img read more

Avengers Endgame star Brie Larson talks about Captain Marvels Audi ETron and

first_imgRoadshow: Your “Debriefing” spot was a fun way to get Carol up to speed with the times. But Carol can fly. So I have to ask, what features in the E-Tron would entice her to stay on the ground and drive?Brie Larson: Well, the car can actually go really fast. I think that’s the key point, is if the car couldn’t go super, super fast-paced and have great pickup, then I don’t think she would be as interested in it. But it’s a great way for her to transport friends; you know, she can only carry one person at a time. So being able to drive around with a car full of people I’m sure would be an important aspect. More From Roadshow Spoiler-free: Ultimate love letter to MCU fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed: MCU clincher so close to being perfect More Marvel Audi 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4:23 Share your voice It’s a movie event most of us have been waiting over a decade to see. Avengers: Endgame is upon us (read our CNET spoiler-free review here and our spoiler-packed review here) and with it, comes an avalanche of press, collaborations, merch and more. You may not have realized it, but Audi is one of the longest-running Marvel Cinematic Universe partnerships. The German automaker has been involved since the first Iron Man in 2008. Tony Stark drove an Audi R8 supercar in that movie, but he trades that in for the all-electric E-Tron GT concept in the newest Avengers film. 51 Photos People I think have the misconception that not having access to gas stations will be a hindrance to them; but in fact, at least for me, for many years, it’s never been a problem. In fact, it’s been a huge convenience that I can just charge my car at home. And it doesn’t really take very long at all. And you can go pretty far. I think this car [the E-Tron] is what, like 200 and something miles per charge? [204 miles is the official EPA estimate of the E-Tron’s range.] It’s surprising how far you can go on one charge. The other thing is just the cost of it as well. It’s so much cheaper to charge your car yearly than it is to buy gas. I don’t know if people really understand that fully. You’re doing good for the planet. And it’s good. It’s good on your pocketbook, too. I also talked to Brie about her time playing Captain Marvel, which female hero she wants to see star in a future MCU film and if she’s interested in directing a blockbuster superhero movie someday. Look for that interview to hit CNET in the coming days.Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide April 26. In the meantime, you can watch every other Endgame trailer and teaser right here. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Avengers: Endgame and every MCU movie, ranked When to take a pee break during Avengers: Endgame Endgame leaked footage — How to avoid spoilers online I binged every Marvel movie and I regret nothing 26 Photos Audi E-Tron GT concept on the streets of Los Angeles 32 Car Culture TV and Movies It feels really right to me, and there are so many perks that go along with it. Like, the fact that I got my electric car almost three years ago, and I’ve never had to get it serviced? That’s something that I always like to tell people. There are so many aspects of gas-fueled engines that need a lot of maintenance that electric cars don’t need. And we’re just not used to that. We’re not used to the fact that you can just have a car, drive around and not have to deal with like, continually bringing it into the shop to be serviced.What do you find the most interesting about EVs, aside from the obviously important environmental impact? Are there any features you hope to see added someday?I mean, there are a lot of small features that I really love, like I the help that I get when it comes to parking. Parallel parking in particular, especially in Los Angeles, it’s like a huge, helpful feature. And the other thing I think is interesting is how quickly the cars charge, that it doesn’t really take very long at all to get charged back up. For Endgame, Audi released a new ad spot that gets Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) up to speed on the progress she’s missed on Earth during her absence, including the company’s newest electric SUV — the E-Tron — which is due to arrive in reservation holders’ driveways in the next few weeks. Roadshow had the opportunity to sit down with Larson this week, to find out more about why she’s such a fan of Audi’s new EV. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Now playing: Watch this: Tags Read our reviews True. I guess you would need to take Goose to vet appointments too, maybe?Of course, exactly. Goose I’m sure needs lots of checkups, being a Flerken and all.Have you gotten a chance to drive the E-Tron? And if so, what do you think?I haven’t. I have not had a chance. I mean, I’ve been in the car, because I sat in the back of it. But I haven’t had a chance to drive it myself. It [the ride] was really zippy and super smooth.Have you driven any other EVs? Or have you had any experience with other electric vehicles so far? Do you own one?I do. I have an electric car right now. And I’ll be getting this car [the E-Tron] pretty soon. But it’s really, really important to me. Once electric cars were available, I did my research on them. And I just found it to be undeniable: The importance on the impact of the planet, from an environmental standpoint — and also just from a human being standpoint — to get out of the way of fossil fuels and the things that we’re arguing over on a global scale. Marvel Audilast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 finale Who survived and where did they

first_img TV and Movies Game of Thrones season 8 finale: Our watch has ended Tyrion, after seeing Dany’s wrath as she burned the men, women and children of King’s Landing, admitted his treason and handed back his Hand of the King pin early in the final episode. But our guy, the man who drinks and knows things, was spared Death-by-Dracarys after convincing Jon that Dany had to die. After being locked away by the Unsullied, he suggested a new King — Bran the Broken — and was spared by the new ruler.Not only that, he ended up as Hand of the King. Again. Tyrion is the man for that job and before a meeting with the small council at the end of the episode, Tyrion shuffles a few chairs around. He’s in the right place. Small CounciloldmatessssA small council with Tormund’s famed “big woman” HBO With Bran named leader and Tyrion named Hand of the King, one of the lingering questions would be “Who serves on the King’s Small Council?” and honestly, if you asked anyone this 6 episodes ago, I doubt you would have got all of these correct.Samwell Tarley: Grand MaesterNo matter who ruled, Sam always seemed destined to be the Grand Maester. In his final scenes he delivers a book called “A Song of Ice and Fire” he has written about the events that have transpired, in what seems like a pretty obvious callback to one of the other biggest fantasy franchises that have ever existed.Bronn: Master of CoinBronn’s final season was kind of a garbage fire of rushed writing but in the end he got what he wanted. A nice big castle. He also has a position on the Small Council and, as Master of Coin, he knows where all the money is flowing. Seems like a good spot for Bronn — I am just sad that the show did him dirty before getting to this place. Ser Brienne of Tarth: Lord Commander of the KingsguardBrienne taking her seat at the Small Council is one of the show’s small wins, in our books. She is the most capable knight who remains and she fulfilled her duty to protect the Stark kids as well as she ever could. Despite having her heart broken by Jaime Lannister, she even penned a positive tribute to his life and deeds. She’s got the best heart and found her place in the world. It’s nice. Ser Davos Seaworth: Master of ShipsWell, this makes sense, for sure. Davos is a seafaring man and a great smuggler. However, I am worried about his wife who he mentions in passing and hasn’t spoken of for years. Did she come to King’s Landing with him? Please tell me Marya Seaworth is OK. The titles of Master of War, Master of Whisperers and Master of Laws were all vacant at the end of the show. The Unsulliedgame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-grey-worm-swingsGrey Worm fights a bloody path through King’s Landing. Helen Sloan/HBO Grey Worm  The man who served Dany valiantly for most of her reign and was basically unkillable somehow survived long enough to sail away. In what is a fitting end for his character after all the trials and tribulations he encountered during serving the Mother of Dragons, Grey Worm (and his forces) found a way to Naath. Importantly, this is the same place Missandei grew up and before the Battle of Winterfell, she told Grey Worm it’s where she wanted to end up when all was said and done. Her head was lopped off by the Mountain, but Grey Worm made his way across the seas to Sothoryos, where Naath lies. Did he take the Unsullied as his banner men? Davos certainly told him to, so here’s to Grey Worm and love. The Othersrobin-arrynYou’ve come a long way, baby.  HBO After Daenerys meets her end, we get a meeting between all the major lords and ladies of the kingdoms in the dragon pit. Yohn Royce, Robin Arryn, a new Prince of Dorne and a couple of unnamed lords all sit around debating who will be king. They are never seen again.Gendry Baratheon, his thirst and unrequited love for Arya aside, finished up pretty well. In the penultimate episode, Dany makes him Lord of Storm’s End and he’s seen in the final meeting just sort of hanging out and agreeing to the proposition of Bran as king. At least he finally got off that row boat. Yara Greyjoy, the lady reaper of Pyke, appears to have assumed the mantle of Queen of the Iron Islands. She doesn’t get much of a say in the final episode, except to demand some sort of justice. She’s the last living Greyjoy. Maester Wolkan is also credited in this episode. He made the chair for Bran. He goes on to create more of Westeros’ most amazing devices.Unbelievably, against all odds, Edmure Tully made it through to the very end. This is a man held captive by the Freys for who even knows how long (spacetime in this show gets bent really hard) and subject to some pretty severe torture. Fortunately, he makes it to the final meeting as, he says, “one of the senior lords in the country.” He lucked out but when he tries to make his case at the Dragonpit, he’s told to sit down by his niece, Sansa. Ouch.  Now playing: Watch this: Updated May 21, 4:30 p.m. PT: Adds information from meeting in the Dragonpit Hot PieThe man. The myth. The legend. A real survivor. Hot Pie, unseen since season 7, is Game of Thrones’ most wholesome character. We know that he stayed at the Inn at the Crossroads and baked amazing Direwolf bread. He will live out his days as the world’s best cook, going on to win season 3 of Westeros Masterchef. We stan the Pie.***Is this truly the end for all of these characters? As of right now, it would seem to be. However, Game of Thrones will be receiving a prequel series at some point in the future. We’ve got all the details about that right here but will they also spin it out into a number of sequels? There’s certainly enough survivors to suggest it a possibility.  57 Photos 0 Season 8 finale recap: Win or die Twitter reacts with disappointment to the finale What did Brienne really write about Jaime? Some ideas Who won the game? Well, it’s complicated More from the GoT finale The Game of Thrones has been won and we can all breathe a deep sigh of … well, I’m not sure yet. We’re still coming to terms with the madness and disappointment of the final episode. Warning: total and complete spoilers ahead. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die, or you just burn the whole thing down and start again. HBO Having been engrossed in the narrative for eight years, we’d heard a lot of theories about how Game of Thrones would ultimately finish. Dany and Jon would share the rule. Arya would kill Cersei. Cleganebowl is all that matters. Hot Pie deserves the throne. We’re not too sure many of the theories came close to what actually transpired. There was death, there was a new King and there were some happy endings, too. In fact, the Game of Thrones ended like a game of Monopoly, really: We picked up the board and threw it across the room, demanding to start all over again.So as the credits rolled on TV’s biggest show ever, where did all your faves finally finish up?Spoilers, of course, follow.screen-shot-2019-05-19-at-7-09-28-pmThe Iron ThroneI’ll stop the world and melt with you. HBO Let’s get this one out of the way first. The Iron Throne is gone. It’s nothing but a heap of crumpled, molten metal. Kind of sad to see the iconic Throne topple.   House TargaryennicejuansssssNot how Dany would have hoped things went down. HBO Daenerys TargaryenShe had many wonderful titles, but after burning King’s Landing to the ground in Thrones’ penultimate episode, Dany was not long for this world. The “Mad Queen” arc may have seemed a little abrupt. She did not get the ending she has been chasing her entire life but, instead, was betrayed one last time by the man she loved — her nephew, Jon “Aegon Targaryen” Snow.Jon Snow (Aegon Targaryen)After Sam revealed Jon’s true parentage early in the final season, the cracks between him and his Aunt began to show. Jon almost seemed like he was going to let Dany live and he would serve her. A real case of Stockholm syndrome. Ultimately, after a heart-to-heart with Tyrion, he acquiesced and plunged a dagger into her heart as tears filled his eyes. For that crime, he was “sentenced” to head back to the Night’s Watch, an organization that really need not exist anymore because, yo, the Night King is dead, remember? Arriving at Castle Black at the end of the final episode, Jon reunites with Tormund and thankfully Ghost, before he heads out beyond the Wall to live with the free folk. After everybody kept prodding Jon, begging him to be king and Jon parroting “I dun want eet” hundreds of times, he got his wish. DrogonDrogon is alive and well. After Dany was knifed, Drogon picked up her body and flew into the graying skies with her corpse. He was never seen again. At the small council meeting that ends the episode, Bran mentions finding Drogon — presumably with his warging abilities — and just keeping an eye on him. For mine, having the most powerful dragon just disappear is not good news for Westeros. I mean, we’ve seen how powerful Drogon can be and that kind of unchecked power disappearing into the night. Bad news.  center_img 187 Photos Share your voice See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos 6:42 Tags House StarkdirewolvesArya’s taking a ship west… beyond the borders of any map. See you in the sequel? HBO Bran Stark”Bran the Broken” arguably made the biggest rise in the entire series. He went from cripple to King, from bed to throne, from Hodor’s back to the Realm’s top. He finished the series as the new King and with that “won” the Game of Thrones. Who honestly picked that? If you’re wondering what happened to Podrick, he’s squiring for Bran and helping him get around King’s Landing’s various steps and staircases. Arya StarkArya is following in the footsteps of… well, no-one. She’s sailing west of Westeros, to a land which has never been documented on the maps. Arya Stark, arguably the most skilled assassin in the Seven Kingdoms and the woman who defeated Death incarnate is off to enjoy her time as the realm’s Marco Polo or Christopher Columbus. Is there potential for a sequel here? Honestly, it won’t be the same without the Hound to follow her ’round. No word on that poor white horse that Arya rode at the end of episode 5.Sansa StarkAfter learning basically every trick in the book from some real unsavory characters like Littlefinger and Ramsay Bolton, Sansa was a lock to ascend to power. She said it herself — she’s no longer a little bird. The question that remained heading into the finale was would she rule the North or would she rule the entire realm? Her final scene had her take up the crown in Winterfell, as Northmen bowed down around her before raising their swords and chanting “Queen in the North.” Sansa’s final two seasons were perhaps the most expertly plotted in the entire show and her rise to “most intelligent person in the world” was well done. She will do a good job up there. House Lannistergame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-6-tyrion-debris“I don’t want to be Hand of the King” — The eventual Hand of the King HBO Tyrion LannisterWith Jaime and Cersei Lannister sharing a tomb at the conclusion of episode 5, House Lannister was basically in ruins. Their children, Myrcella and Joffrey were dispatched by poison and Tommen came to meet his maker after meet the ground at high velocity. Tywin is long gone and poor uncle Kevan was blown to smithereens in Cersei’s mad Sept bombing. As we hit the finale, the biggest hope for House Lannister came from the smallest man, one Tyrion Lannister. 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Breaking Mitchell Santner strangling India to World Cup death

first_imgTwitter/ICCHe may have hardly turned a ball in his six overs but New Zealand’s only spinner in the XI Mitchell Santner has established a boa constrictor like hold on the Indian batsmen. This has also led to him picking up two wickets. His bowling analysis reads 6-2-7-2.First it was Rishabh Pant who decided to break the shackles of Santner by trying to slog sweep him over deep midwicket and holed out to the fielder there. Then, it was Hardik who attempted the same shot but got a top edge and got caught by a fielder in the same position, though little bit inside the boundary.Santner hasn’t bowled one loose delivery and this was what forced both Indian batsmen to go for big hits. New Zealand were criticised for not playing enough scoring shots but India’s innings is making the Kiwi batting effort look like a blitzkrieg. Presently, India are 97/6 in 32 overs.last_img read more

20 including 4 BCL activists sued over Dakhshin Surma College attack

first_imgBCLAt least 20 students, including four Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists, have been sued in connection with the attack on the office of Dakhshin Surma College in Sylhet, reports UNB.Following an order of the college principal, office assistant Monraj Kanti Chowdhury filed a case with Dakhshin Surma police station on Sunday afternoon.The accused include Ataur Rahman Sunny, college unit BCL general secretary, four BCL activists – Lavlu, Tanim, Nayeem and Shimul – and unnamed 15 students, said Khairul Fazal, officer-in-charge of the police station.Earlier, on 26 December, a group of students attacked the office and snatched away important files and papers and locked the office.Later, on information, police recovered the files and papers.last_img

Hamas Fatah sign deal on Palestinian reconciliation

first_imgFatah`s Azam al-Ahmad (R)and Saleh al-Aruri (L) of Hamas shake hands after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo on 12 October, 2017, as the two rival Palestinian movements ended their decade-long split following negotiations overseen by Egypt. Photo: AFPRival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo, with president Mahmud Abbas calling it a “final” accord.Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a statement from Egypt’s government.Abbas welcomed the deal in comments to AFP and said he considered it a “final agreement to end the division” — though many details remain to be resolved and previous reconciliation attempts have repeatedly failed.It was signed in Cairo by new Hamas deputy leader Salah al-Aruri and Azzam al-Ahmad, the head of the Fatah delegation for the talks, at the headquarters of Egypt’s intelligence service, which oversaw the negotiations.Celebrations broke out in the Gaza Strip after the announcement of the deal, with residents waving flags of Egypt, Palestine, Fatah and Hamas.Negotiations are now expected to be held on forming a unity government, with the various Palestinian political movements invited to another meeting in Cairo on November 21.An official from Abbas’s Fatah movement said the Palestinian president was planning to soon travel to the Gaza Strip as part of the unity bid in what would be his first visit in a decade.Sanctions taken by Abbas against Hamas-controlled Gaza will also soon be lifted, the Fatah official said.The deal includes 3,000 members of the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority’s police force redeploying to Gaza, a member of the negotiating team told AFP on condition of anonymity.The figure is however a fraction of the more than 20,000 police officers employed separately by Hamas.- ‘End very shortly’ -Another party to the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would see Palestinian Authority forces take control of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt.One of the key issues has been punitive measures taken by Abbas against Gaza in recent months, including reducing electricity payments that left the territory’s residents with only a few hours of power a day.”All the measures taken recently will end very shortly,” Zakaria al-Agha, a senior Fatah leader in the Gaza Strip, told AFP.The two sides had been meeting in the Egyptian capital this week with the aim of ending the crippling decade-old split between the rival factions.Hamas seized Gaza from Fatah in a near civil war in 2007 and the two factions have been at loggerheads ever since. Multiple previous reconciliation efforts have failed.Egypt has been keen to improve security in the Sinai Peninsula which borders Gaza and where jihadist rebels have fought a long-running insurgency.An Egyptian source close to the talks said intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi had followed the negotiations closely.- Fate of armed wing -Last month, Hamas agreed to cede civil power in Gaza to the Palestinian Authority but the fate of its vast military wing remains a significant issue for the two sides.Islamist movement Hamas is blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union.It has fought three wars with Israel since 2008 and the blockaded Gaza Strip has seen deteriorating humanitarian conditions.Faced with increasing isolation and a severe electricity shortage, Hamas has reached out to Egypt for help, hoping to have the Rafah border opened.The crossing has remained largely closed in recent years.Egypt has also agreed to provide fuel to the Gaza Strip for electricity generation.In return, Cairo pressed Hamas to move forward on reconciliation with Fatah.Previous attempts at reconciliation have repeatedly failed, and many analysts are treating the latest bid with caution, waiting to see if actual change will occur on the ground.Last week, Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah visited Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers took formal control of government departments in the territory.But the move was seen as mainly symbolic, with Hamas still effectively in charge in the Palestinian enclave of two million people bordered by Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea.One of the key sticking points will be the fate of Hamas’s 25,000-strong military wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.Reconciliation could also pose a dilemma for international efforts to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal since Hamas has not recognised Israel, unlike the Abbas-led Palestine Liberation Organisation.last_img

President PM pay tributes to martyrs

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid pays tribute to the martyrs of liberation war in 1971 at National Memorial on Sunday morning. Photo: BSSPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina paid tributes to the martyrs of the liberation war by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar, on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday morning marking the 48th Victory Day.President Abdul Hamid paid tribute first placing the wreath at 6:40am, followed by the prime minister.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina pays tribute to the martyrs placing wreath at the National Memorial on Sunday. Photo: BSSAfter placing the wreaths, the president and the premier stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memories of the martyrs of the liberation war in 1971.BSS adds: a smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force presented a state salute on the occasion when bugles played the last post.People from all walks of life are seen paying tributes to the martyrs of liberation war in 1971. Photo: Dipu MalakarChief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, members of the cabinet, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, the chiefs of the three services, the mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation, diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.Flanked by senior leaders of the party, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, laid another wreath at the National Memorial as the party chief.People from all walks of life are seen paying tributes to the martyrs of liberation war in 1971. Photo: Dipu MalakarLater, chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokan and leaders of other political and sociocultural organisations placed wreaths at the memorial.National University officials are seen paying tributes to the martyrs at National Memorial. Photo: Dipu MalakarThe nation is celebrating the 48th Victory Day today marking the most precious day when the country was liberated from the Pakistani occupation forces after a nine-month-long liberation war.Specially abled children are seen paying tributes to the martyrs at the National Memorial. Photo: Dipu MalakarForty-seven years back on 16 December in 1971, Bangladesh was born as an independent country under the leadership of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and for the supreme sacrifice of three million martyrs and the honour of 200,000 women.Various organisations are also seen paying tributes to the martyres. Photo: Dipu Malakarlast_img read more

Oikya Front to protest vote robbery on 6 Feb

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front on Thursday announced a 2-day programme, including demonstration wearing black badges and holding a public hearing, protesting what it said ‘vote robbery ‘ in the 30 December national election, reports UNB.Jatiya Oikya Front spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programmes after a meeting of the steering committee of the alliance at Kalam Hossain’s Motijheel chamber.Fakhrul, also BNP secretary general, said the scheduled citizen dialogue on 6 February has been postponed.”Today’s Oikya Front steering committee meeting decided to hold a black badge wearing programme in front of the National Press club on 6 February protesting vote robbery on 30 December,” he said.Fakhrul said the programme will begin at 3pm and conclude at 4 pm with the participation of Oikya Front leaders and activists.Besides, he said, their alliance will hold a public hearing with the participation of Oikya Front candidates and victimised voters on 24 February.Fakhrul said they will later announce the name of the venue where the programme will be held.last_img read more

Cases against BGB men finally accepted

first_imgVillagers take away seized cattle from members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). BGB seized the cattle suspecting that the cows were smuggled from India. Three people are killed in BGB firing on Tuesday. File Photo: CollectedA Thakurgaon court on Sunday took into cognisance the cases filed by the families of the three victims killed during a clash between villagers and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on 12 February.Thakurgaon Judicial Magistrate Court judge Farhana Khan took the cases into cognisance and fixed 6 March for hearing.The plaintiff of the cases lawyer Nurul Islam said they filed three cases with the magistrate court as the police declined to record their cases.The cases were filed mentioning names of seven BGB men including commander of BGB battalion 50 Tuhin Md Masud and some unidentified ones.Earlier on 14 February, BGB filed two cases with Haripur police (Thakurgaon) against more than 250 villagers over the clash.On 12 February, three people, including a Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee, were killed and at least 16 others injured after BGB members opened fire during, what the paramilitary force claimed, a clash with cattle smugglers.The incident took place at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila.last_img read more

WATCH Authorities Raise Alert For Bali Volcano To The Highest Level

first_img Share 8:30 p.m.Ash from Bali’s volcano is disrupting life on parts of the tourist island that are outside the immediate danger zone.At Buana Giri village, some residents said they were leaving because the area is now inhospitable for their livestock.Villager Made Kerta Kartika said ash has covered the area since Sunday and made farming difficult.“Ash that covered the trees and grass is very difficult for us because the cows cannot eat,” he said. “I have to move the cows from this village.”The eruption of Mount Agung has forced the closure of the island’s airport and authorities have ordered 100,000 people to evacuate from areas close to the volcano.___7:05 p.m.China says there were 17,000 Chinese tourists on Bali before the latest eruption of Mount Agung.The Chinese consulate on the Indonesian island said on its website that airlines and travel services were arranging 100 buses to take tourists to catch ferries to neighboring Java.The Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement urging travelers to be “vigilant about safety” when deciding whether to visit Bali.China Eastern Airlines, one of the country’s biggest carriers, canceled flights Sunday and said passengers due to fly any time between then and Dec. 10 could obtain refunds.___Twitter via @realTamela100,000 told to evacuate as Bali volcano spews huge ash cloud4:15 p.m.The closure of Bali’s airport due to volcanic ash is having a disruptive effect on flights around Indonesia and the region.Bali is a hub airport in Indonesia with many flights transiting there for domestic as well as international destinations. Planes that would have flown other routes Monday are now stuck on the tarmac in Bali.Human Rights Watch Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono said he was waiting two hours at Jakarta’s terminal 3 for his delayed flight to a domestic destination.He said other flight delays have been announced at the terminal, which serves national carrier Garuda, and the departure area is filling up with many waiting passengers.___1:10 p.m.Spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says lava is welling up in the crater of the Mount Agung volcano on Bali “which will certainly spill over to the slopes.”Volcanologists say the lava’s presence is sometimes reflected in the ash plume which takes on a reddish-orange glow even in daytime.Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said bigger eruptions than those currently happening are possible based on the information the disaster agency is receiving from the volcano monitoring center.He said that “since yesterday there were explosive eruptions whose sound was heard up to 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away.”Nugroho said officials are responding based on a worst-case scenario occurring because Agung has a history of violent eruptions. Its last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people.He said “We cannot be sure whether this time eruptions will be the same with 1963.”___11:50 a.m.Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency says as many as 100,000 villagers need to leave the expanded danger zone around the Mount Agung volcano on Bali, but that less than half that number have left.Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a news conference in Jakarta that the extension of the danger zone to 10 kilometers (6 miles) from the crater in places affects 22 villages and about 90,000 to 100,000 people.The volcano’s alert was raised to the highest level earlier Monday and ash clouds have forced the closure of Bali’s international airport.Nugroho said about 40,000 people have evacuated but others have not left because they feel safe or don’t want to abandon their livestock.He said that “authorities will comb the area to persuade them. If needed, we will forcibly evacuate them.”___10:50 a.m.Indonesia’s Directorate General of Land Transportation says 100 buses are being deployed to Bali’s international airport and to ferry terminals to help travelers stranded by the eruption of Mount Agung.Bali’s international airport was closed early Monday after ash from the volcano reached its airspace. Hundreds of flights were canceled and tens of thousands of travelers affected.The agency’s chief, Budi, said major ferry crossing points have been advised to prepare for a surge in passengers and vehicles. Stranded tourists could leave Bali by taking a ferry to neighboring Java and then travel by land to the nearest airports.Authorities say the airport closure is in effect until Tuesday morning and is being reviewed every six hours.___9:50 a.m.Video released by Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency shows water and volcanic debris flowing down the slopes of the ash-spewing Mount Agung on Bali as rain falls on the island.Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said people should stay away from rivers and not enter the 10 kilometer (6 mile) exclusion zone around the volcano.He says lahars could increase as it’s rainy season in Bali. The mudflows can move rapidly and are a frequent killer during volcanic eruptions.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere since the weekend, forcing the closure of Bali’s airport and stranding tens of thousands of travelers.___8:30 a.m.Tens of thousands of travelers are stranded in Bali after ash from the Mount Agung volcano on the tourist island forced the international airport to close early Monday.Flight information boards showed rows of cancelations as tourists arrived at the busy Bali airport expecting to catch flights home.Airport spokesman Air Ahsanurrohim said 445 flights were canceled, stranding about 59,000 travelers.Authorities say seven flights were diverted to airports in Jakarta, Surabaya and Singapore when the closure was announced early Monday.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere, which forced the small international airport on the neighboring island of Lombok to close Sunday as the plumes drifted east. It has since reopened.Airport authorities say the decision to close Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai airport was made after tests showed ash had reached its airspace.___6 a.m.Indonesian authorities raised the alert for a menacing volcano on the tourist island of Bali to the highest level Monday and ordered people within 10 kilometers (6 miles) to evacuate.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said Bali’s international airport had closed for 24 hours and authorities would consider reopening it Tuesday after evaluating the situation.Mount Agung has been hurling ash thousands of meters into the atmosphere, which forced the small international airport on the neighboring island of Lombok to close Sunday as the plumes drifted east.Geological agency head, Kasbani, who goes by one name, said the alert level was raised at 6 a.m. on Monday because the volcano has shifted from steam-based eruptions to magmatic eruptions. However he says he’s still not expecting a major eruption.“We don’t expect a big eruption but we have to stay alert and anticipate,” he says.Previously the exclusion zone around the volcano ranged between 6 and 7.5 kilometers.The volcano’s last major eruption in 1963 killed about 1,100 people. The Latest on a rumbling volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali (all times local):last_img read more

SustainX builds 15 MW isotherm compressed air energy storage system

first_img Explore further ( —Energy storage solution provider SustainX has announced that it has built an isotherm compressed air energy storage (ICAES) system in New Hampshire. The purpose of the system is to provide energy companies with a cleaner way to store energy produced by alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. SustainX reportedly received $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help build the demonstration system. UM invention helps advance reliability of alternative energy People have known for hundreds of years that it’s possible to store energy using simple methods—pumping water up a hill and then allowing the force of gravity to turn cogs on its way down later to recoup energy, for example, or on a bigger scale, pumping air into a cavern then using its force at a later time to drive a turbine, is another. Until recently, however, such methods of energy storage have not been able to compete with batteries—at least on a large scale. That might be about to change, however, as the new ICAES system in New Hampshire demonstrates.Currently, the new plant pulls in electricity from the grid and uses it to compress air which is stored in big tanks. Electricity can be created at a later time by releasing the air to drive a turbine. The long term plan is for utilities to use such technology to store electricity generated using non-continuous sources, such as from wind or the sun.Researchers have looked into using compressed air as a battery before, what’s new this time is the proprietary design created by the team at SustainX—its more efficient and is done at a much larger scale (it’s capable of producing 1.6 MW of power when releasing the compressed air) than ever before. Also, they have developed a technique of spraying water into air filled cylinder chambers which allows for capture of heat generated by the compression process.SustainX says its ICAES systems are better than other methods of energy storage because they can be sited virtually anywhere (no need for a cavern), because they are flexible (easily scaled), because of the low installation and ongoing costs, and because installations will last for 20 years. It’s also far cleaner than batteries or other systems that store compressed air but require natural gas to retrieve the energy from them.SustainX is now in the process of using its newly built plant as a demonstration system to entice buyers. More information: Citation: SustainX builds 1.5 MW isotherm compressed air energy storage system (2013, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more