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Winnipeg police did their best in death of 15yearold Tina Fontaine chief

first_imgWINNIPEG – The chief of police in Winnipeg says the force did its best to investigate the death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was pulled from the Red River.Danny Smyth told the city’s police services board Friday that he was disappointed a jury last week acquitted the man accused of killing Tina Fontaine in 2014.“Frankly, we did our best on this one,” Smyth said.Raymond Cormier was found not guilty of second-degree murder in Tina’s death. Her body was wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down with rocks when it was found in the Red River days after she was reported missing.Smyth told the board he “certainly had hoped for a different outcome” but added that it was clear the jury didn’t find enough evidence to convict.“I wish we could have brought forward additional or more compelling evidence,” he said.Smyth commended the officers who he said worked hard on the case and thanked prosecutors for taking it to trial.“If not anything else, this trial provided transparency,” Smyth said. “The community was able to learn about the investigation. They were able to see evidence and learn about the circumstances that led up to Tina’s death.”He suggested that one positive outcome prompted by Tina’s death is that Manitoba no longer uses hotels to house children in care.Tina was raised by her great-aunt, Thelma Favel, on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. She left to visit her mother in Winnipeg at the end of June 2014 and became an exploited youth.Favel called Child and Family Services with concerns about Tina, who ran away repeatedly from a youth shelter and hotels where she was placed.She was last seen leaving a downtown hotel, where she told a private contract worker employed by child welfare that she was going to a shopping centre to meet friends.It’s not known how Tina died. A pathologist testified at the trial that the girl’s death was suspicious because of the manner in which her body was found.(CJOB, CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 55 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also four Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, but none of them were won either.That means the jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Oct. 1 will grow to approximately $60 million, and six Maxmillion prizes will be offered.The Canadian Presslast_img

ITS A HAT TRICK FOR THE HOCKEY WIVES

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement After the success of the first two seasons on W Network, Hockey Wives will continue to have unparalleled access to the off-the-ice lives of the women who are the captains of their families, careers and relationships.Hockey Wives is produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow, President & CEO of  Bristow Global Media and Megan Sanchez-Warner.– 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Hockey Wives on Twitter @HockeyWivesTV , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hockeywivestv and Instagram @Hockey_WivesFollow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: YouTube.com/user/OfficialWNetworkFollow W Network on Twitter @W_Network and Facebook facebook.com/wnetworkFollow W Dish Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.Share on social media with #HockeyWives W Network is a Corus Entertainment Network.  About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com..About Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto-based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres, including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including: NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network), Canada: The Story of US (CBC), Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT),  Pardon My French (YouTube) and YTV’s daily interstitial brand-driven content. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Corus Entertainment’s W Network and Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) are pleased to announce that Hockey Wives has been greenlit for a third season. Production is underway and will see the show travel to new locales over the course of the season.Set to air in spring 2017, the popular series centres around the lives of ambitious women balancing families, careers and personal aspirations while being married to the game. Cast details will be announced in the coming months.“We’re thrilled to partner with W Network on Season 3 of Hockey Wives, exploring the highs and lows the hockey season brings, demands of stressful trades and the challenges of living apart while raising young families,” said Julie Bristow, President and CEO of Bristow Global Media. “Viewers can look forward to an exciting new season with behind-the-scenes access to the most celebrated players in professional hockey.”last_img read more

Day of Mourning ceremony in Fort St John this Saturday

first_imgThe Day of Mourning will take place Saturday starting at City Hall where residents will march to the memorial at Centennial Park.The Day of Mourning ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – April 28th is the annual Day of Mourning in Fort St. John, it commemorates workers who have been seriously injured or died as a result of their jobs.39 ceremonies will be held throughout the B.C. For the family survivors who lost loved ones. The family survivors will be joined by employers, workers, local labour councils, and WorkSafeBC.WorkSafeBC accepted 158 work-related death claims in 2017, 87 of those claims were caused by occupational disease mostly from exposure to asbestos, and 71 were from traumatic injuries. In the Peace River region five work-related death claims were accepted.last_img read more

Public Bomb Scare Prank Dishonoring Muslims Stirs Outrage

Rabat – A video posted on social media a few days ago titled “Public Bomb Scare Prank” has gone viral and stirred outrage around the world for its alleged “insensitive” and “dangerous” tone.The prank video shows a series of scenarios in public areas where a man dressed in traditional Middle Eastern garb walks up to what seem to be random people, throws a black bag at them and runs away.Every one of the individuals pranked react with panic when they realize that Arab man threw a package at them and try to run away as if the bag were a ticking bomb about to explode.The controversial video was created and posted by three teenage brothers from Melbourne, Australia who call themselves the ‘Jalals’. What started as a simple prank in the minds of the Jalal brothers, has become a worldwide phenomenon that is causing an outrage against the ‘Jalals’.Millions of views, likes, dislikes, thousands of comments, police statements, security experts, televised interviews, insults, threats, and the Arab and Muslim community outraged, have been the consequences of the ‘Jalals’ prank.The majority of social media users and members of the media have criticized the stunt and believe it to be “shameful, racist, insensitive.”“You’re being completely irresponsible in the current climate when people are nervous about terrorist attacks in their own backyard” Current Affair’s show correspondent Alicia Muling told the brothers.Max, Rebeen, and Arman Jalal – self-described entertainers – have not reacted to the negative comments and continue to defend their prank as simply “funny”.The Victoria Police Department said, “We are not aware of any complaints; however, we would urge anyone with concerns about the behavior of anyone in public to make contact with their local police station. We are not so sure the people pictured in the footage are unsuspecting…Meanwhile, Australia’s “Future Now” agency has signed the ‘Jalals’ brand for a management deal, the agency said in a press release. Apparently, the brothers’ goal was to get a talent contract by provoking an overwhelming public reaction garnering ‘likes’ and ‘views’ to build their name. read more

Ending conflicts must remain priority for UN and African Union – Ban

In a speech to a meeting on peace and security in Africa, attended by many heads of State and other high-level figures, Mr. Ban said he would “spare no effort” in making the partnership between the UN and the AU complementary, effective and inclusive.The Secretary-General said the two bodies have already started taking concrete steps to work more closely together on peace and security issues, from deploying good offices and mediation on border issues to developing early warning strategies and building operational capacity on conflict prevention.“We have established a dedicated team to help operationalize the concept of an African Stand-by Force, which would build on the valiant and pioneering efforts of the African Union’s missions in Burundi, in Somalia, in Sudan,” he said.“Today, the DPKO [Department of Peacekeeping Operations] team develops training, operational capacity and technical advice, in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the sub-regional organizations and donors.”Mr. Ban said that given the importance he attached to preventing and resolving conflicts, he welcomed the recent announcement of a new Government in Kenya, which has been torn by deadly ethnic violence since disputed elections were held at the end of last year.“Now that the immediate power-sharing issues have been addressed, I urge all sides to stay committed to resolving the longer-term causes of the recent unrest.”But he voiced deep concern at the uncertainty in Zimbabwe, where the results of the presidential election on 29 March have still not been released.“Absent a transparent solution to the impasse, the situation could deteriorate further with serious implications for the people of Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean authorities and the countries of the region have insisted that these matters are for the region to resolve, but the international community continues to watch and wait for decisive action.“The credibility of the democratic process in Africa could be at stake here. If there is a second round of elections, they must be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, with international observers. I urge the leaders of the Southern African Development Community to continue their efforts.”The Secretary-General also called for accelerated efforts to achieve “desperately needed progress” to the crises in Sudan’s Darfur region and to Somalia, both beset by deadly violence, massive displacement and humanitarian suffering.Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe also addressed the open Council meeting, presenting two reports from Mr. Ban regarding UN cooperation with regional organizations and on conflict prevention, especially in Africa. He was followed by more than 40 other speakers.Later, Council members unanimously adopted a resolution that called for measures to strengthen the relationship between the UN and regional organizations, including the AU, on peace and security issues.Regional and subregional organizations should be encouraged to play a role in settling disputes and to promoting regional dialogue as a way of preventing disputes from emerging, the resolution stated.The Council also called for the AU and other groups to strengthen their peacekeeping capacity on the African continent and to develop an early-warning system on conflicts and an enhanced mediation capacity. 16 April 2008Preventing and resolving conflicts peacefully must remain high on the shared agenda of the United Nations and the African Union, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level Security Council meeting today at UN Headquarters, calling for deeper cooperation between the two institutions. read more

UN and Iraq agree on plan to boost governance socioeconomic development

More than 120 participants, including from the Government, parliamentarians, civil society organizations, academia, international donors and UN agencies, took part in the discussions on the action plan for Iraq’s first UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the period 2011 to 2014.“The UNDAF is the UN’s most comprehensive tool to help countries meet their international development commitments – primarily the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Christine McNab, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, referring to the globally agreed targets to slash extreme hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, and lack of access to education and health care – all by 2015.“This first ever UNDAF for Iraq represents our commitment to improve life for millions of Iraqis, by uniting the UN system in support of Iraq’s own priorities for reform, modernization and socio-economic revival,” she added. The UNDAF discussions focused on Iraq’s development priorities in the aftermath of three decades of conflict, and outlined major areas of UN support in areas such as peace consolidation and human rights, good governance, economic growth, women and children’s rights and environmental protection. These issues were selected to support Iraq’s five-year National Development Plan, which foresees over $200 billion in investment in services, economic stimulus and environmental protection from 2010 to 2014. The completed UNDAF will be co-signed by the UN and the Iraqi Government in 2010. 19 November 2009The United Nations and Iraq have agreed on the basics of a new development partnership to strengthen Iraqi governance, social services and economic growth over the next five years. read more

Government to regulate news websites

The Sri Lanka Press Council is a statutory institution established under the Sri Lankan Press Council Act No. 05 of 1973 which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Mass Media and Information. The functions of the Council range from legal registration of newspapers to examination of complaints lodged as a result of news reports published in them. The government has decided to regulate news websites, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.Speaking at the weekly cabinet press briefing the Minister said that the Press Council Act of Sri Lanka will be amended to incorporate news websites. Raising awareness in journalists, reporters, apprentice journalists, stake holders and school students on the development of journalism and its contribution towards national development is also among the functions of the Press Council.Under the existing press council if any person/ institution is disturbed or defamed by erroneous news reports, photographs published in any newspaper in Sri Lanka, it could be complained to the Sri Lanka Press Council. A Systematic investigation will then be conducted on the complaints and legal actions will be taken accordingly. read more

Bank of Montreal hikes dividend as earnings beat market expectations

TORONTO — Bank of Montreal raised its quarterly dividend as it reported a second-quarter profit of $1.25 billion.The bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 96 cents per share, up three cents from 93 cents in its previous quarter.BMO reported its second-quarter profit amounted to $1.86 per share compared with a profit of $1.25 billion or $1.84 per share a year ago when the bank had more shares outstanding.The latest quarter included a $192-million after-tax restructuring charge primarily related to severance costs.On an adjusted basis, BMO says it earned $2.20 per share for the quarter, up from $1.92 per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected the bank to earned $2.12 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.

Bulgarias President urges intensified efforts to safeguard human dignity

The President of Bulgaria appealed for substantial progress in fighting poverty, ending conflicts and preserving the environment under the overall objective of safeguarding human dignity as he took the podium at the high-level debate at the opening of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly today. “I firmly believe that safeguarding human dignity is the ultimate goal of the United Nations as indeed of any genuine democracy,” Rossen Plevneliev said as he spoke on a wide range of topics as one of the first speakers in the annual General Debate.Welcoming stepped-up effort to forge consensus on a new paradigm for sustainable development – the theme for the Assembly session – Mr. Plevneliev compared the current model to a “carpet in which some colours, threads and stitches were missing making it look unfinished, patchy and ragged.” He noted that one billion people remained in extreme poverty while resource depletion remained irrational and climate change threatened the future.“We, the countries of the world, must mobilize all available means and resources to finish what we have started in order to achieve truly sustainable results for humanity and our planet,” Mr. Plevneliev said.Noting also that conflicts continue to rage and human rights continue to be violated, he said his country has already joined with others in urging the Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court. He welcomed the framework agreement to control Syria’s chemical weapons, but stressed that the issue should not divert attention from efforts to end the suffering by ending the crisis. His country, not far from Syria, had adopted an emergency plan to assist Syrian refugees both in his country and neighbouring States, he said.Turning to international terrorism, he expressed gratitude for the assistance of other Member States in investigating the deadly July 2012 attack at a Bulgarian airport and he supported finalization of a draft Comprehensive Convention on combating the scourge. Stressing his country’s commitment to UN goals in a variety of areas, he said that the progress of Europe over the past century in creating peace, security and prosperity following ruinous wars – most recently the Balkans – should be taken as example of what can be achieved when neighbours work together. He attached particular importance to the eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy as a way to ensuring peace and stability in the Black Sea and the wider region. read more

Citys property reassessment to be completed by yearend Town Clerk

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPublic scrutiny period for amended parking meter by-laws extended- KingApril 24, 2018In “latest news”Georgetown gets a new Town ClerkJuly 14, 2015In “Business”M&CC seeking to impose up to $100,000 in immediate fines with new ‘Littering bylaws’September 5, 2017In “Business” The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is moving towards reassessing the value of properties in and around Georgetown. Town Clerk Royston King said this is one of the many measures the council is undertaking to address its financial struggles.Town Clerk, Royston KingThis was disclosed during a press conference which was held yesterday at City Hall, Regent Street, the Department of Public Information has reported.King explained that it has been over 20 years since properties in the city have been evaluated and described the situation as “unimaginable.”According to DPI, King pointed out that the M&CC along with the Ministry of Communities is currently working on an evaluation plan. More importantly, Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan is in talks with a Canadian firm to undertake the project.King noted, “he (Minister Bulkan) is talking to them about doing a reassessment of properties of the city of Georgetown and reforming the local tax regime. That is an initiative that is coming on board, we are now doing a pilot where we are providing information from certain areas to the Minister and we are hoping that the reassessment of all properties in the city will happen by the end of the year.”King further added that the Council can no longer provide certain services “with the same money that we have been collecting 20 years ago.”According to the Town Clerk, non-payment of rates and taxes is another reason why the Council finds itself cash-strapped.King bluntly stated that “the reason why the council is bankrupt is because the money is in the bank accounts of persons who are defaulting on paying their rates and we are trying to get people to pay their rates so that we can get the money to provide the kind of services that citizens expect.”Additionally, the Council is looking to erect a number of structures on Merriman’s Mall that will be rented to hairdressers, nail technicians, and barbers. The revenue garnered from the rental will be utilised by the Council to carry out its works, DPI said. read more

After the Black Hood Riverdale Tries to Figure Out Whats Next

first_img ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 The first half of the season ended with the reveal of the Black Hood’s identity. It was… anticlimactic. After so many episodes of buildup, it turned out to be a character we’d only met a couple of episodes before. It was an unsatisfying, improbable end to what had been a fun mystery. Riverdale seems to understand that, judging by one of last night’s final lines. It would appear we’re not entirely done with the Black Hood mystery. Whether or not we are though, it doesn’t look like it’ll get picked back up for a while. For now, the show is trying to figure out where to go from here. As far as the town of Riverdale is concerned, the mystery is solved. The driving force behind the first half of the season is gone. Without it, Riverdale flails around looking for something to do.Last night’s midseason premiere featured a few separate stories, none of which really line up or go anywhere. Veronica is more closely involved with her parents’ business, but that doesn’t mean get to see it. All we get is the Lodge family’s awkward, vague dialog so the show can reveal what’s really going on later. In this case, Veronica says she’ll ensure no one at her school suspects her family is involved in what’s about to happen. When it’s revealed that Southside High is closing and Riverdale will absorb its students, Veronica does a laughably poor job. “Oh it’s probably just an obscure city ordinance we’d have no hope of understanding.” Like, at least pretend to be surprised. Somehow nobody mentions anything about her strange behavior and the students of Southside arrive at Riverdale High.Cole Spouse as Jughead and Vanessa Morgan as Toni (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)We later learn that the Lodges convinced the mayor to shut down the school because they want to buy the land underneath it. Still no hints at why they want all this land. All we’re given is some sense that it’s probably crime stuff. The mayor shuts down the school blaming a meth lab in the basement. Jughead says there was no meth, “only Jingle Jangle.” This show really needs to decide what kind of drug Jingle Jangle is. One episode, it’s the scariest drug in the world. The next, it’s the show’s marijuana equivalent. How do you want us to feel about your fake drugs, Riverdale? Either way, the Serpents are now at Riverdale High. Despite veronica’s best efforts to integrate them into the school, Cheryl and Reggie start fights with them at every opportunity. Principal Weatherbee just goes along with whatever Cheryl and Reggie say happened in a way that makes him look unfathomably stupid. One of the things I love about Riverdale, is that it lets you revel in the teen angst. The attitude that says you know what’s really going on, and all the adults are out to get you. It doesn’t really nail that here. When the adults are just transparently manipulable like this, it’s hard to be angry about anything other than the shortcuts the story is taking.The rest of Jughead’s story is a series of assaults on the serpent’s dignity that everyone goes along with except for Jughead. When Weatherbee bans Serpent jackets, Jughead is the only one that wears his in defiance. He gets beat up and suspended for it, and the next day, the serpents are forced to wear school uniforms. That part actually crosses a line, because no other student is made to wear one, but the episode isn’t interested in dealing with that. The odd thing is, Jughead is the only one who has a real problem with being asked to take off his jacket. The rest of the serpents are fine with it, and act like normal students. Kid, you joined this gang like a month ago. If the kids who grew up in it are fine with taking off their jackets during school hours, maybe you can chill too. Instead of confronting the blatantly unfair uniform policy, Jughead finds a workaround. He starts a club called “Swords and Serpents.” A purported tabletop RPG club that’s actually a place where they can be serpents during school hours. I guess Principal Weatherbee really is that stupid. Please Riverdale, try a little harder with your characters.Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper and Lili Reinhart as Betty (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)Meanwhile, Betty is off in her own section of the episode dealing with family issues. Her sister, Polly shows up to collect a few things and run off again. Turns out she had the twins, and is going to raise them herself on the farm she was hiding out in. She doesn’t want to raise them in the Cooper household, and with everything Alice has pulled, can you blame her? Betty does though, and devises a plan to make her mom feel better about one of her kids running away. She tracks down the location of her long lost brother Chic, the son Alice had as a teenager. Now that the son is an adult, the records are unsealed, and Alice and Betty track him down. At first, he’s not interested in going with them, and we learn he works as a prostitute. Later, Betty goes back to see him and finds him being attacked. She saves him, and brings him home, where his mother finally takes care of him, and give him a warm bed to sleep in. This is the one story of this week’s Riverdale that sets things in a promising direction. Jughead’s narration describes Betty as having brought a monster into their house, and Chic creepily stands over Betty as she sleeps. In the same group of scenes, Archie tells the F.B.I. agent whose asked him to spy on the Lodges that he thinks they caught the wrong Black Hood. Could Chic turn out to be the real killer?With the season’s big mystery apparently solved, this episode struggles to start a whole bunch of stories at once. Jughead’s serpent story ultimately feels pointless for how much time it takes, and only Betty’s really shows signs of going somewhere interesting right now. As for Archie and the F.B.I. agent… what? So the F.B.I. wants Archie to spy on Hiram Lodge and figure out if he’s doing anything illegal. I’m not really buying this story. The episode doesn’t give us a reason to. Of course, the Lodges are up to something shady, but the F.B.I. asking their daughter’s boyfriend and the son of their business partner to be a spy for them? That strains credibility even for Riverdale.KJ Apa as Archie and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)Archie isn’t even given a compelling reason to go along with it. Just that the story of Nick St. Clair’s injury keeps changing. That is suspicious, but does anyone really care what happens to that guy? Archie agrees to be an F.B.I. spy though because, well, he’s Archie. Speaking of Nick, there’s Cheryl’s whole arc, which isn’t much better than Archie’s. She’s ashamed because her mother has turned to prostitution to pay the bills. Well, that’s what she says, her mother seems to be doing it mostly because of how much it embarrasses Cheryl. She tells Archie about Nick’s attempted assault on Veronica in a ploy to get Archie to beat him up and demand another check. Even though the Blossoms have money once again, Cheryl’s mom decides she’s having too much fun. I don’t know where this plot is going, and I’m not sure I care. Remember when Cheryl was stalking Josie, destroying her relationships, and being generally scary? Can we go back to that? Even with this episode’s problem, Betty’s story has enough potential that I have high hopes for next week. I do want to know what’s going on with Chic. Why is he a monster? I’m interested enough that I’ll even put up with Archie’s F.B.I. story. Who knows, maybe that could go somewhere. Riverdale has done some great things with more ridiculous plots before. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Morning Press Moms fight for mentally ill children Jacobsen CEO Sister surrogate

first_imgWhat does the weather forecast have in store for the workweek Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Clark County mothers fight for mentally ill childrenTwo years ago, Jerri Clark and her son, Calvin, found themselves in the midst of one of the worst times of their lives.Calvin, then 21, jumped off the Interstate 5 Bridge into the Columbia River while experiencing a mental health crisis — miraculously, he survived.He was previously diagnosed with bipolar I disorder. Before he jumped, he had been incarcerated for months at the Clark County Jail for a bench warrant and received treatment at Western State Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility in Lakewood.He was once an honor student and member of the debate team at Mountain View High School. He graduated with a college scholarship and toyed with the idea of studying law. But his bright future took a sharp turn during his freshman year in college.Calvin left college after suffering symptoms of a suspected mental illness. His life since then has been characterized as a roller-coaster ride of hospital stays, mental health clinic visits and run-ins with the criminal justice system.last_img read more

WABSA Holds Workshop on Mangrove Regeneration and Coastal Erosion

first_imgBy Sailu BahThe West African Birds Association (WABSA), on Friday 23rd October 2014, at the Banjul City Council Chambers held a day-long workshop on mangroves regeneration and Coastal Erosion.The aim of the workshop is to enlighten the people especially the youth on the importance of Mangroves to the lives of the people and the dangers of coastal erosion as well.The workshop was attended by students from different schools, members of different organizations, representatives from the ministry of Forestry and members of WABSA and media personnel.As the chairperson of the forum, Abdoulie Krubally, a WABSA member, welcomed everyone to the Forum and also urged participants to make the best use of the presentations that would be made during the forum.Amadou John, WABSA National Coordinator, in his remarks highlighted the importance of the forum to the participants and further emphasized the importance of mangroves to the environment.“Mangrove control is an issue of concern that needs to be considered in order to be able to sustain our environment,” Mr. John explained.Lamin Jorbateh, Executive Director of WABSA, said this workshop is part of WABSA’s projects. He added that the project is funded by a regional NGO from Guinea Bissau that works on Coastal Environment protection.“We Seek for sponsors of a 1 year project to create awareness amongst people by training them on how to regenerate mangroves and protect our coastal environment,” he announced.Mr. Jorbateh said, “We are here to supplement government’s efforts in protecting the country’s flora and fauna. And if we lose all our mangroves, then we will not be able to have good fish and lots of birds will travel away to other places which are not really good for our environment,” he emphasised.“As part of the WABSA aims and objectives we create community awareness on environmental sustainability and established bird sanctuary and community forest,” revealed Mr. Jorbateh.]]>last_img read more

Circular published to recruit 10000 constables

first_img.A circular has been published relating to recruit 10,000 trainee recruit constable (TRC) with a view to augmenting the manpower of the police force.In accordance with the circular, 8500 men and 1500 women will be recruited as TRC, said an official release.The aspirants have been requested to attend the physical and written examinations with necessary papers in the police lines of their home district on the particular date mentioned in the circular.last_img

JU students body in Buringanga mystery unresolved

first_imgAriful IslamThe dead body of Ariful Islam, a Jagannath University student, was recovered from the river Buriganga at Shyampur, Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.The police still could not confirm whether he drowned or was killed.Ariful’s family, however, suspects he was murdered. He was buried at Raipur in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga Wednesday. The naval police had recovered his body around 4:30pm Tuesday.Ariful was a fourth year student of political science. He lived in a mess at Road 1, Ispahani Nadidhara residential area of Aganagar, Dakkhin Keraniganj. Other students live in the area too.Residents of the mess said Ariful left his mess around 10:30am on Monday. He went out for tuition at Lakshmipur area of Sutrapur. He was missing since then. His cell phone and wallet were recovered from a boatman at Ispahani river bank.”My brother’s death is mysterious. It can be a planned murder,” said Ariful’s brother Rashedul Islam.Rumours of his being a leader of quota reform movement have spread in the social media. Several of Ariful’s classmates said he was neither involved in politics nor the quota reform movement.”I know them from their childhood. They were never involved in any scuffles. Ariful was a good student and he might have become a university teacher,” Rawshan Alam, union parishad member of Raipur union said. Ariful’s brother was a Dhaka University student.”Investigations are being carried out. The deceased’s family and his classmates are being interrogated. Every possible angle is being scrutinised,’ Dakkhin Keraniganj police station inspector (investigation) Kamal Talukdar said.last_img read more

Lamborghinilike sports car built by Bangladesh youth

first_imgAkash, a resident of Narayanganj, has built a sports car from scratch at a workshop using completely domestic technology. Photo: CollectedAt first sight, it looks like a flashy imported sports car. At most, some may think it was assembled in the country after importing foreign materials.But a youth named Akash, a resident of Narayanganj, actually built the car from scratch at a workshop here using completely domestic technology, reports UNB.This is a battery-driven car which can carry a passenger along with the driver at a maximum speed of 45 km per hour.That may not say much for its prowess, but in a country lacking a domestic automobile industry, it is still a laudable achievement on the part of Akash, son of Nabi Hossain from Fatullah’s Lama Para.From childhood, Akash had dreamt of building a car by himself.The project of making the car was initiated one and a half years back when Akash’s father allowed him to proceed. He drew a design inspired by Italy’s famed Lamborghini sports car and started working as planned.He purchased steering and wheels from the market. Apart from these, all the materials – including suspension, lights and gear – were prepared by cutting steel plates in his father’s auto-rickshaw workshop. YouTube tutorials helped him in some cases.Five batteries have been installed in the car which can last up to 10 hours. These batteries are fully charged within only 5 hours.The cost of building the car was Tk 350,000. If carbon fibber is used in the body, the cost will be reduced to Tk 300,000, Akash said.Having no experience, he faced numerous problems while building the vehicle. But he was determined to fulfil his mission.Eventually, when he brought the car out of the workshop during Eid, he received an unexpectedly positive response from the people.”My son built this car. But people are reluctant to believe it. That is up to them. But I request them not to be harmful to my son,” said Akash’s father.Asked about the next step, Akash said he does not want to sell the blueprint to anyone. “I would like to request the government to allow me to sell the car in market,” he said.He has already gotten more than 25 orders for the environmentally-friendly electric cars. If the vehicle is marketed, people can buy it at only Tk 400,000 to Tk 450,000, he added.last_img read more

British envoy said Trump dumped Iran deal to spite Obama

first_imgDonald Trump and Barack Obama. File PhotoBritain’s ambassador to Washington believed US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published Saturday.”The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons — it was Obama’s deal,” ambassador Kim Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018.The cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this week.Separately, the Sunday Times reported that a government investigation into the leak had identified a civil servant as the person responsible.Working with officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of spy agency GCHQ, and MI6, the probe has homed in on a suspect who had access to historical Foreign Office files, the paper said.The first leaked reports authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.The ambassador was reported to have described the White House as “inept”, prompting Trump to claim the ambassador was a “pompous fool” whom he would no longer deal with.Darroch resigned on Wednesday, saying it was now “impossible” to do his job.’Day-after’ strategyIn May 2018, Britain’s then-foreign minister Boris Johnson went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal.In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in Trump’s team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of long-term strategy.”They can’t articulate any ‘day-after’ strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region,” he wrote.He reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, “did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about ‘the President’s decision'”.The newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had tried but failed to “sell” a revised text to Trump.In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of international economic sanctions.Trump had long been critical of the deal and withdrew the United States on 8 May, 2018.As well as a government investigation into the leaks, police are also looking into a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act.London’s Metropolitan Police sparked widespread condemnation on Saturday after a warning to journalists that publishing leaked documents could be a criminal matter.Johnson, who is now in the race to succeed May as prime minister, said that prosecuting media outlets would have a “chilling effect on public debate”.last_img read more

Secret Service Says Man Shoots Himself Outside White House

first_imgAP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisLaw enforcement officers gather infront of the White House in Washington, Saturday, March 3, 2018.The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene.BREAKING: Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) March 3, 2018President Donald Trump is not at the White House — he’s in Florida, but is set to return later Saturday.The agency says in a Twitter post that there are no other reported injuries related to the incident.The Secret Service tweeted about noon Saturday that personnel are responding and a person “allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line” of the White House.The District of Columbia police says its homicide/natural death unit is responding.White House press secretary says “we are aware of the situation, the president has been briefed.”UPDATE: No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) March 3, 2018 Share NEW: Secret Service and local police are both responding to incident outside of White House and are treating it as a suicide attempt. Medical Personnel are responding to the male victim, Secret Service says, after an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound https://t.co/xVqLfJ1YTj pic.twitter.com/tmcJLcX4CQ— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 3, 2018 UPDATE: Pedestrian and Vehicular traffic around the @WhiteHouse is being impacted due to the incident.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) March 3, 2018 UPDATE: Medical Personnel are responding to the male victim.— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) March 3, 2018last_img read more

LaVar Balls most recent comments could get Lonzo traded

first_imgLaVar Ball’s most recent comments could get Lonzo traded LaVar Ball is abroad in Lithuania, but still somehow managing to undermine the Lakers with recent comments that Lonzo would refuse to re-sign with the team unless they signed all three of his sons.Colin thinks most of what LaVar says is irrelevant, but his most recent remarks create a serious crisis for Magic and the organization.On a weekend where Magic wants to use hosting the All-Star Game as a showcase to potential free agents, LaVar’s comments couldn’t come at a worse time. Colin believes if L.A. plans to make an aggressive run at LeBron James and Paul George or other top shelf players, they have to at least consider getting the constant distraction of LaVar out of the picture by trading Lonzo. Also:-“Fun guy” Lane Johnson is wrong about the PatriotsGuests:Willie McGiniest – NFL Network Analyst and Super Bowl champ is in-studio talking Lane johnson’s comments about the Patriots; and the difficulty of sustaining excellence in the NFL.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB joins the show to explain why Belichick’s decision to sit Malcolm Butler won’t divide the locker room; and if Josh McDaniels burned all his NFL bridges by turning his back on Indy.Kenyon Martin– FS1 NBA Analyst and 15-year NBA veteran is in-studio discussing the Lakers’ LaVar Ball problem; and why Isaiah Thomas didn’t work in Cleveland. Steve Kerr shows he’s secure enough in himself to let his players coach themselvesSteve Kerr allowed his players to run timeout huddles and coach mostly themselves in a blowout win over Phoenix, and while some took the move as disrespectful, Kerr said he did it as a tactic to re-engage his slumping team.Colin thought the move was smart because the middle of the NBA season can be a slog, but it also showed Kerr’s security in himself because some have implied that the Warriors are so stacked that any coach could win a title with any coach, or none at all.Kerr has heard the critiques, but he made this move because it was best for his team, not best for his ego. Few NBA coaches would be willing to do the same.last_img read more