10 months ago​West Ham star Nasri: I cried for first time in my career

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham star Nasri: I cried for first time in my careerby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United star Samir Nasri has admitted that he cried when he thought that his career was over.Nasri was banned from football for 18 months for violating a drug policy, due to taking an intravenous drip for hydration.Now he is back in the Premier League and he cannot believe how things have turned around for him.”I’m a guy who, mentally, I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over,” Nasri told West Ham’s official website.”I had some really tough moments when I was really down.”But now, coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know, and with a stadium like this… Man! It’s the best job in the world!”The competition, the dressing room, and to be back on the pitch, that’s what I was waiting for, for a whole year.”I’m looking forward to the next game, a derby against Arsenal so I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more crazy.” last_img read more

Vanity Fair Announces Campaign Hollywood 2016

first_img Makeup Artist Appreciation Spa Day and Luncheon with Lancôme– Thursday, February 25 – Vanity Fair will join Lancôme and Clarisonic for a day of pampering hosted by Vanity Fair beauty director SunHee Grinnell at the Ciel Spa, at the SLS Hotel. Hollywood’s top makeup artists will be treated to Lancôme makeup touch-ups and manicures, Clarisonic facials, and a light lunch at this intimate, invitation-only event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Vanity Fair has announced a star-studded calendar of events for Campaign Hollywood 2016 – its annual, weeklong celebration leading up to the Academy Awards.Vanity Fair Social Club will return for the third consecutive year, this time at PLATFORM, a new creative space in Culver City. Vanity Fair Social Club provides a fun and inspiring space for bloggers and online journalists to write, work, and play while in Los Angeles for the week of the Academy Awards.Vanity Fair and presenting sponsors, Chrysler, FIAT, L’Oreal Paris, Viktor&Rolf, YSL Beauté, Lancôme, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Stuart Weitzman and Barneys will host events throughout the week leading up to the Oscars, highlighting this year’s top films and standout performances, all while benefiting a different charity each night. The Chrysler and FIAT brands have returned for the sixth year as the automotive sponsors of Campaign Hollywood. Stella Artois will be pouring throughout the week at V.F.S.C. and select Campaign Hollywood events.“From the incredible lineup of events to the brand new venue for V.F. Social Club, PLATFORM, this year’s Campaign Hollywood is shaping up to be our best ever,” said Vanity Fair publisher and Chief Revenue Officer Chris Mitchell.V.F. Social Club — the invitation-only space centered around the glamour and excitement of the biggest awards night of the year, and, of course, social media — will take place at PLATFORM from Wednesday, February 24 through Sunday, February 28. Officially opening in Spring 2016, PLATFORM will become a consumer space for specially curated merchants and creative companies. Social Club guests will be treated to sponsor activations including Stella Artois Happy Hours, L’Oréal Paris dry hair styling and makeup touch ups, YSL Beauté makeup appointments, a Viktor&Rolf photo booth and Chrysler car display experiences, as well as the great range of programming V.F. Social Club is known for, including an Oscar predictions panel, one-on-one conversations with today’s industry leaders and discussions with social influencers about the impact and future of social media in Hollywood and beyond. The full schedule of V.F. Social Club events will be announced in the coming weeks.Vanity Fair Social Club and Campaign Hollywood reflect the beauty, art, and excitement of Oscar Week in Hollywood, while spotlighting brands and charities in a way that only Vanity Fair can.The Campaign Hollywood 2016 schedule of events is as follows: Vanity Fair and FIAT Celebrate “Young Hollywood” – Tuesday, February 23 – Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith and Olivia Munn host Vanity Fair and FIAT’s toast to “Young Hollywood” in support of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. This invitation-only event will be held at The Chateau Marmont. D.J. Night with L’Oréal Paris – Friday, February 26 – Actress and musician, Hailee Steinfeld, along with Vanity Fair and L’Oréal Paris, will host an exclusive party at Palihouse in West Hollywood, featuring a D.J. set by Taryn Manning. This invitation-only event will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Vanity Fair and Barneys New York Dinner Celebrating “Spotlight”– Wednesday, February 24 – Vanity Fair, Barneys New York and Open Road Films host an intimate dinner at the Chateau Marmont to benefit ProPublica, with Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Tom McCarthy, and cast members including Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. Vanity Fair and Stuart Weitzman Luncheon Celebrating Elizabeth Banks – Friday, February 26 – Vanity Fair and Stuart Weitzman will host a private luncheon party at A.O.C. to toast Elizabeth Banks and her success as an actor, director and producer.last_img read more

Delhi govt seeks months time to grant sanction to prosecute Kanhaiya

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday sought before a court here a month’s time to decide whether to grant sanction to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the 2016 JNU sedition case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat directed the AAP government to file a “proper reply”, citing a definite time-frame. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, had earlier told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction and added that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderthat. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. The court had earlier also directed police to ask the authorities concerned to expedite the process while granting it three weeks to procure the sanction needed to prosecute Kumar and other accused, including former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, in the case. They have been charged under IPC 124 A (sedition), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 465 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine, forged document), 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 149 (unlawful assembly with common object), 147 (rioting) and 120B. The three students, who were arrested on February 11, 2016, are out on bail.last_img read more

Priyanka helps child with tumor in Allahabad

first_imgAllahabad: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has extended a helping hand for a minor girl suffering from tumor here in Uttar Pradesh. The girl’s parents on Friday contacted Gandhi and expressed their inability to bear the cost of their daughter’s treatment. Gandhi immediately contacted senior party leaders Rajiv Shukla, Hardik Patel and Mohd Azharuddin and directed them to arrange for the child to be taken to AIIMS Delhi. Shukla sent the child, her parents, Azharuddin and Patel to Delhi in his six-seater charter plane while he later left for Delhi by train. Congress leader Jitendra Tiwari said that Gandhi has said that she will personally take care of the child’s treatment in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.last_img read more

Michigan athletics falling on hard times

With all the controversy surrounding Michigan athletics lately, it’s a sure bet Woody Hayes is smiling down from heaven.Coach John Beilein’s men’s basketball team, a preseason sleeper to win the Big Ten and ranked No. 15 in the preseason AP poll, is 13-15 on the year. After reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, the Wolverines’ current campaign has been marred by poor shooting, inconsistent play and player insubordination. Junior guard Manny Harris, the team’s leader in scoring and assists, was suspended for his team’s Jan. 23 game against Purdue following an incident in practice.The two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wolverine men’s swimming and diving team was upset by Ohio State last weekend at the Big Ten Tournament, their first loss to OSU in the tournament since 1978. The favored Maize and Blue allowed the Buckeyes to score the second most points in Big Ten Championship history and win their first conference crown since 1956.If that wasn’t enough, the football program, the crowning jewel of Michigan athletics, is under NCAA investigation.The NCAA accused Michigan and coach Rich Rodriguez of five major rule violations. On Feb. 22, the NCAA said Rodriguez “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program,” and blamed the athletic department for not making sure the football program was in compliance with NCAA regulations.The report also said Rodriguez was negligent of his staff and the accused violations they were committing. Furthermore, the report says Rodriguez was ignorant of whether or not his players were following NCAA rules, specifically those which govern the time allotted for practice and football-related activities.These allegations by the NCAA stem from August 2009 reports. According to these reports, players on the 2008 and 2009 teams told the Detroit Free Press that the amount of time they spend on football activities during the season and in the offseason exceeds NCAA limits.One anonymous player said that in-season Sundays were spent at the football facility from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a one-hour lunch. For those of you who are mathematically challenged like myself, that’s an 11-hour day. The NCAA daily maximum is four hours; the weekly maximum is 20.A complementary letter from the NCAA to Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman dictated that Michigan “should understand that all of the alleged violations set forth in the document” are considered to be “potential major violations of NCAA legislation, unless designated as secondary.”Coleman, believe it or not, may actually have a more serious issue to deal with. When the University of Michigan Board of Regents met last month in Coleman’s office for an update on the NCAA investigation of the football program, they did so behind closed doors.Shutting out the media and the public isn’t permissible in most cases, at least according to a lawsuit filed by a Michigan alumnus.The suit accuses the Michigan Board of Regents of violating the Michigan Open Meetings Act, which places restrictions on how and why such public bodies can meet in private. Robert Davis, the plaintiff who also claims he “lives for UM football and basketball,” told The Detroit Free Press that he simply wants, “university officials to follow the same rules that they hold the student-athletes to.” Now there’s a novel concept.Look, I’m not trying to bash Michigan. The issues facing a few of their athletic programs are quite serious. Lawsuits and NCAA investigations are no laughing matter. However, I’d be willing to bet my OSU football tickets that at least five or six, and perhaps as many as 10, elite college football programs surpass NCAA practice limits on a regular basis.Maybe Michigan was snake-bitten by a few bad apples disgruntled with playing time. Maybe the rumors that Rodriguez rubs his players the wrong way because he constantly berates them are true, compelling them to vent to the media. Either way, it seems as if a few souls at Michigan could use a life lesson.When OSU offensive guard Justin Boren transferred from UM after his sophomore season, he claimed the football program’s “family values had eroded,” under Rodriguez. Growing up, one value my mother instilled in me was that honesty is always the best policy. I hope Michigan makes that phrase their motto in the coming months. Otherwise, their athletic programs will fall further from grace. read more

Lukaku reveals Solskjaers impact in scoring form

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has revealed the impact of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his scoring form.The United forward had managed just two goals in 17 games for Manchester United before Solskjaer replaced embattled manager Mourinho.Despite missing the Norwegian’s first two matches in charge, Lukaku has found the net in all three games he has played and hailed Solskajer’s impact.Lukaku told the Mirror via MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.“I am really happy and try to improve along the way.“He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.“He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.”Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:Alexis Sanchez – 2 assists in 2 gamesRomelu Lukaku – 3 goals in 3 games.pic.twitter.com/DD7ER6hfna— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) January 5, 2019last_img read more

Two men arrested following fight over pool chair at Kearny Mesa apartments

first_img Posted: August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Two men arrested following fight over pool chair at Kearny Mesa apartments August 6, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Two men were arrested on suspicion of injuring four people during a fight at a pool in a Kearny Mesa apartment complex, police said Tuesday.The fight happened around 10 p.m. Monday at the Olympus Corsair apartments on Aero Drive, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.A large group was in the pool area of the apartment complex when a fight broke out over a chair, Buttle said.During the fight, one victim was struck with a pool cue and three others were beaten up, but they all refused medical attention, he said.Officers responded to the scene and arrested a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, whose names were not immediately available, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Buttle said. last_img read more

Kenai Fire Training Facility To Be Rented Out To Red Cross

first_imgThe Fire Training Facility has a number of vacant office spaces which the city has rented out to non-profits in the past such as the United Way and the Arctic Winter Games under one dollar-per-year Special Use Permits. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council has approved an agreement between the city and the American Red Cross to rent out the Kenai Fire Training Facility for roughly three years. Councilmember Tim Navarre: “It is a useful service in every community especially in an emergency or time of crisis. I encourage all of you to make donations if you can.” Cindy Romuach, a volunteer with Kenai Peninsula Red Cross spoke to the Kenai City Council at their meeting on Wednesday: “We certainly appreciate the consideration because there is certainly a need for us to have office space.”  The office will be primarily 9am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. However, there will occasionally be a need for after hours access for emergency responses. This will include use during the weekend, according to Romauch.last_img read more

Kenai Continues To Tackle Onsite Marijuana Consumption

first_imgAccording to a letter to the council from Bloom if passed, a retail marijuana store can sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. For consumption, only one gram may be sold to a person per day, or edible products containing 10 mg or less of THC. Food and beverages not containing alcohol or marijuana may also be sold at the location. Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom: “There are two options; we could not take any action and then in that case I would bring forward an ordinance to incorporate on-site consumption into our existing conditional use permit process. Council also has the option to opt-out of allowing onsite consumption or to enact regulations that are more stringent than the state regulations.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Licensed retail marijuana businesses in Alaska are now able to apply for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state as of April 11. Local governments will have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption. The Kenai City Council will once again weigh in on whether or not the city will allow onsite consumption within city limits at their meeting on Wednesday.center_img The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board first began considering onsite marijuana consumption rules in 2016, but rejected the project in 2017. Alaska is the first state to authorize on-site consumption. The Planning and Zoning Commision submitted a letter to the council recommending the passage of the ordinance. The Kenai City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

Living like a moon astronaut is hard work

first_img 3 10:04 11 Photos Comments Share your voice I’m in Hawaii to experience what it could be like to live as an astronaut on a mission to the moon or Mars. With Musilova, director of HI-SEAS missions as my guide, I’m going to learn how would-be astronauts prepare for life on another planet; from the food they eat to how they explore foreign terrain.We’re all living in a simulationHI-SEAS looks fairly small from the outside. It’s just 36 feet (11 meters) in diameter, but inside the dome feels deceptively big; almost like the Tardis from Doctor Who. mg-3733Open this door and you enter the airlock, then the habitat itself. Lexy Savvides/CNET Musilova is showing me around the habitat that she jokingly calls her “dome sweet dome.” It accommodates six crew members with individual sleeping quarters, workstations, a lab, kitchen and dining area plus two bathrooms. I try everything from freeze-dried food (pineapple tastes great, but carrot will break your teeth) to the composting toilet (not as gross as it sounds).The kitchen has a microwave, fridge and stove for eager cooks, but because food needs to be rehydrated, spices are key to add some flavor. “I joke that the only difference between chicken and beef is the color,” Musilova says. A quick guide to the first moon landing See Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit all fixed up Original NASA Apollo 11 moon landing tapes set to fetch $1 million Apollo 11 at 50 24 Photos Tags Beta Test To the Mooncenter_img Space Walking on the moon is hard work. My spacesuit is getting hot, the helmet is weighing me down and I’m carrying a heavy backpack that’s piping air to help me breathe. I’m so constricted by all this gear that if I want to look around, I need to turn my entire body.Click here for To the Moon, a CNET multipart series examining our relationship with the moon from the first landing of Apollo 11 to future human settlement on its surface. Robert Rodriguez/CNET I slide on the jagged lava rock a few times, but I’m slowly acclimating to this uneven, barren landscape with each step.Then, just as I think I have my footing, the rock, or aa, starts to crumble.”The joke is it’s called aa because of the noise you make when you walk on it — ah-ah!”Astrobiologist Michaela Musilova is showing me how to spot the treacherous lava rock. The terrain looks so foreign it really does feel like I’m on the moon.Fortunately, I’m still on Earth. Just a few hundred feet away from us is a white dome called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS. It’s a purpose-built habitat used to prepare humans for the challenges of living on the moon or Mars. Situated on Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the location was originally chosen to house the faux astronaut base back in 2013 because the landscape is so similar to what’s on the red planet. There’s very little vegetation and plenty of lava rock.Walking on the moon (on Earth) Evan Miller/CNET In the past, HI-SEAS has been funded by NASA to run simulations of life on Mars, but in late 2018 it was converted to host lunar missions. As part of the International Moonbase Alliance, a consortium of scientists, astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin and entrepreneurs like Henk Rogers (who also owns the dome), it plays an important role in establishing a sustainable human presence on the moon. It’s a critical change, given NASA’s accelerated timeline to put astronauts back on the lunar surface by 2024. Other companies are also trying to take humans further into space. Blue Origin, backed by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, wants to send humans to the moon on a similar timeframe and plans to build space colonies. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has already sold a trip around the moon and has said it will get a cargo ship to Mars by 2022, with a crew following a couple of years later.  Would-be astronauts come to HI-SEAS on weeks- or months-long missions to perform science experiments or test specific technology like new spacesuits and communication systems. Missions can also be focused on something more simple like growing food. “We’re kind of like the test rabbits,” Musilova says as she tells me about a recent experiment by Slovakian students that used chemically treated hair from crew members as fertilizer.Mission control is about a 50-minute drive from the habitat, but they can monitor elements like power levels, the inside and outside of the habitat, or the astronauts remotely. On a mission that studies the psychological aspects of living on another planet, they might wear monitors on their chests, arms and hands to keep an eye on heart rate or stress levels.Contact with the outside world is delayed anywhere from three seconds to over 20 minutes to replicate the distance from the Earth to Mars — and there’s no override. For a mission to Mars, even in a crisis, it would take up to 45 minutes for mission control to respond astronauts on Mars. Bandwidth is also limited on purpose, so most missions can only use email and messaging.Exploring the unknownOutdoor exploration is just as important as indoor studies on some missions. Called extravehicular activities, or EVA, astronauts put on modified spacesuits and then venture outside to collect samples, map areas for future exploration or perform maintenance on the habitat. I get changed into my spacesuit, add some protective gloves, knee pads and helmet. It’s not an actual space helmet because it’s not entirely airtight, but it still feels claustrophobic. Passing through the airlock, we venture outside.mg-3783Rows of backpacks and helmets ready for astronauts to suit up on EVA. Lexy Savvides/CNET The air is thinner up here thanks to the elevation. We’re at 8,200 feet above sea level, and my body is still getting used to the altitude. My lungs are struggling to suck enough air as I scramble up and over lava rocks. It starts to rain and the backpack fan doesn’t have enough power to stop my breath from fogging up the visor. The rock suddenly disintegrates underneath me and I come crashing to the ground. Fortunately, it’s mostly my pride that’s wounded.Unlike me, Musilova has performed dozens of EVAs here and knows this terrain like the back of her hand. I follow her toward a geological feature called a skylight that once had lava flowing under it but now is more like a giant hole in the ground, with red rocks falling off into a cavern so deep I can’t even see the base.”This kind of environment is what you would find on the surface of Mars and similar things on the moon,” says Musilova. “That’s why we study it here and do our research in the spacesuits to make it feel as real as possible.”Setting up shop on the moonThe HI-SEAS habitat is powered by a solar array, and the panels charge battery packs throughout the day. A hydrogen fuel cell acts as backup. The next big change to the habitat will be adding in a closed-loop system to recycle water. Vincent Paul Ponthieux, designer of the habitat, tells me it’s a precursor for a much larger project: an entire moon village.  Now playing: Watch this: See inside a moon simulator here on Earth Mahina Lani, as it will be known, is set to span more than 1,000 acres and consist of a campus, testing facilities and more analog habitats for isolation studies. “This is going to be an international effort,” Ponthieux says. “It’ll be open to all of the international space agencies, just like the habitat we have now.”You can only bring so much with you to the moon or to Mars, so using the local resources is key to any sort of long-term habitation. Musilova tells me they’re working on technology to extract water from the soil to use that to drink. By breaking down this water further, humans could breathe the oxygen and even use the hydrogen for fuel.Being able to practice living off-planet — first here on Earth and then on the moon itself — means that when the time comes to go to Mars, it will be that much easier. But that doesn’t mean that the simulations here on Earth feel any less real, as Musilova tells me a few anecdotes of astronauts trying to reacclimate when it’s time to leave a mission.”Suddenly you’re meant to open the door and you’re not wearing a spacesuit, it’s like ‘oh my god, what’s happening? Am I gonna die now?”Like those astronauts, I feel a little disoriented when it’s time to leave the habitat. Coming down from the highs of the EVA (and the elevation), being back on sea level is almost jarring. Experiencing the HI-SEAS simulation is probably as close as I’ll ever come to setting foot on the lunar surface, but it’s given me a newfound appreciation of how physically (and mentally) tough you have to be to live on another planet. I was a moon astronaut for the day Sci-Tech The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11last_img read more

UN steps up immunisation of Rohingyas in Bangladesh

first_imgA Rohingya Muslim refugee woman and her child who entered Bangladesh by boat rest as they wait to go to refugee camps near the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh`s Ukhia on 10 November 2017. AFPThe United Nations nations informs on Friday that it is stepping up efforts to immunise Rohingya refugees along with Bangladeshi government. As the number of suspected measles cases are on a rise in makeshift overcrowded shelter informed the UN on Friday.Measles, a childhood killer disease which can be particularly dangerous among unimmunised and malnourished children, is one of the major health risks for the refugees who have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, said the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general, Xinhua reported.The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that Rohingya refugees continue to flee into Bangladesh, although at a slower rate than in previous weeks.As of Wednesday, 613,000 refugees had arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, since 25 August, when attacks by Rohingya rebels on Myanmar police and security posts touched off retribution.More than half of new arrivals are staying in the Kutupalong-Balukhali expansion site, which merges several pre-existing settlements with new land allocated by the Bangladeshi government, said OCHA.As of Friday, the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Response Plan has received $143.5 million, or a third of requirements. Donors pledged a total of $360 million for the response last month, and the United Nations urges donors to disburse this money as quickly as possible.On Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres renewed his call for unfettered humanitarian access to Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and demanded the dignified return of the Rohingya refugees to their homes.“We insist on the need to make sure, not only that all violence against this population stops, but also we need to insist on unhindered humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State, including the northern part of this region,” he told reporters here in New York prior to his trip to Bonn, Germany for a UN climate conference.“We insist on the need to reassert the right of return … for all the population that fled to Bangladesh and to the areas of origin-not to be placed in camps, not having access to the places where they left.”Guterres emphasised the importance of addressing the root cause of the problem, which relies largely on the problems related to citizenship for the Rohingyas-an Indo-Aryan Muslim minority in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar-and to the legal status of this population “that has been discriminated and that is stateless at the present moment.”last_img

1500 hens burnt alive in Munshiganj

first_imgHensAt least 1500 hens were burnt to death while 20 sacks of feeds were turned to ashes in a fire at a dairy farm at Boktarkandi village in Gozaria, Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.Locals said the fire ensued from an electric short-circuit around 2am at the farm jointly ventured by Bazlur Rahman and Jewel of the village and soon gutted down the entire farm, burning all its fowls.On information, firefighters rushed in and doused the flame after one hour frantic effort but the fire took its toll beforehand, said Saiedur Rahman Khan, team leader of Gozaria fire service and civil defense.last_img read more

Neighbor Who Attacked Sen Rand Paul Sentenced To 30 Days In Prison

first_img Share The neighbor who attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, breaking six of his ribs, was sentenced to 30 days in prison by a federal court on Friday.It was a November day in the city of Bowling Green when Rene Boucher, a physician, says he lost his temper over debris that had piled up near the property line between his home and Paul’s. When he saw the Republican senator outside, he tackled him — resulting in broken ribs and bouts of pneumonia.Boucher was released on a $7,500 bond after spending nearly a day at the county jail, NPR’s Bill Chappell reported. In March, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress.The prosecutor told the court on Friday that the Paul family is still feeling the repercussions of the attack. Just standing in their yard makes them feel “apprehensive,” the prosecutor said, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.Boucher apologized in court for his behavior. “What I did was wrong and I’m sincerely sorry for what I did,” the newspaper reported that he said. “It’s not something I’m proud of, I’m embarrassed and I hope (Paul) and his family will one day be able to accept my apology, if possible.”He received a 30-day sentence, in addition to a $10,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and a year of supervised release, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.Federal prosecutors had sought a prison sentence of 21 months.U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani called the attack an “isolated incident” that was not spurred by politics, The Associated Press reported.“I know it’s a heavy burden to be a convicted felon, but I hope you can forgive yourself and go on with your life,” Battani reportedly told him. “I hope the Pauls can forgive you, but ultimately, that you can forgive yourself.”Paul did not attend the sentencing.In an emailed statement the lawmaker said:“No one deserves to be violently assaulted. A felony conviction with jail time is appropriate and hopefully will deter the attacker from further violence. I commend the FBI and Department of Justice for treating this violent, pre-meditated assault with the seriousness it deserves.”But as for Boucher’s prison sentence of 30 days, Paul said, “The original 21-month sentence requested would have been the appropriate punishment.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Liberia Fears of Ebola Spread Rise as Clinic Looted

first_imgPeople pass by Ebola virus health warning signs, in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh) MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including blood-stained sheets and mattresses.The violence in the West Point slum occurred late Saturday and was led by residents angry that patients were brought from other parts of the capital to the holding center, Tolbert Nyenswah, assistant health minister, said Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many patients had been at the center.West Point residents went on a “looting spree,” stealing items from the clinic that were likely infected, said a senior police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the press. The residents took medical equipment and mattresses and sheets that had bloodstains, he said.“All between the houses you could see people fleeing with items looted from the patients,” the official said, adding that he now feared “the whole of West Point will be infected.”Some of the looted items were visibly stained with blood, vomit and excrement, said Richard Kieh, who lives in the area.The incident raises fears of new infections in Liberia, which was already struggling to contain the outbreak.Liberian policemen, right, dressed in riot gear disperse a crowd of people that blocked a main road after the body of someone suspected of dying from the Ebola virus had not yet been removed by health workers in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)Liberian police restored order to the West Point neighborhood. Sitting on land between the Montserrado River and the Atlantic Ocean, West Point is home to at least 50,000 people, according to a 2012 survey produced by groups including the Liberia Peacebuilding Office and the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission.Distrust of government runs high, with rumors regularly circulating that officials plan to clear the slum out entirely.Though there had been talk of putting West Point under quarantine should Ebola break out there, assistant health minister Nyenswah said Sunday no such step had been taken. “West Point is not yet quarantined as being reported,” he said.Ebola has killed 1,145 people in West Africa, including 413 in Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.In East Africa, the Kenyan government took steps to prevent the disease from spreading. Kenya will bar passengers traveling from three West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak, closing a debate in East Africa’s economic powerhouse about whether the national airline was exposing the country to the deadly disease.The suspension is effective midnight Tuesday for all ports of entry for people traveling from or through Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said Kenya’s Health Ministry. Nigeria was not included in the ban, which also allows entry to health professionals and Kenyans returning from those countries.“This step is in line with the recognition of the extraordinary measures urgently required to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa,” the Health Ministry said. It cited the World Health Organization’s recent statement that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been underestimated.Following the government’s announcement Saturday, Kenya Airways said it would suspend flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Kenya Airways, a major transport provider in Africa, had wrestled with the decision whether to continue flying to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak. Its suspension of flights is an abrupt reversal of its announcement Friday that it would continue flying.Social commentators, medical experts and Kenyan politicians said they feared the airline was putting profits ahead of prudence, and that KQ, as the airline is known, would spread Ebola. The airline flies more than 70 flights a week to West Africa.Several airlines have already suspended flights to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, including British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Arik Air and ASKY Airlines. Nigeria became the fourth Ebola-affected country late last month after a Liberian-American man sick with the disease flew to Lagos on an ASKY flight and infected several people before he died.Officials in Cameroon, which borders Nigeria, announced Friday it would suspend all flights from all four Ebola-affected countries. Korean Air announced on Thursday it would temporarily halt its service to Kenya despite the fact there are no cases of Ebola in the country.___AP writer Corinne Chin contributed from Nairobi, Kenyalast_img read more

Women Entrepreneurs Work to Empower One Another

first_imgBy Brigette White, Special to the AFRO, bwhite@afro.comThe Woman Behind the Business (WBB) hosted their networking takeover at Spa Logic on July 19, in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Northwest, Washington, D.C..The WBB is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and success of women in business across America and the world. Women Behind the Business (WBB) offers networking tips, tools and more for women entrepreneurs.The Founder and CEO of WBB, Angel Livas, chose the spa location after meeting with owner Kathy Luu and learning about the levels of adversity that she overcame in pursuing her dreams in being a business owner.Spa Logic Owner Kathy Luu (l) and The Woman Behind the Business CEO and Founder Angel Livas (r). (Courtesy Photos)“I always wanted to open up my own business. I worked hard and saved up money to get here,” Luu said.Luu talked to the intimate crowd about how she grew up in a refugee camp, and how when she came to America she was advised to open up a nail salon.“My mom’s friend’s daughter had recently opened up a nail salon that was doing well. But, I told my mom that my dreams were different. I wanted a full service spa.”Luu ignored the naysayers and pursued her dreams; boldly addressing those who would stand against her when the building that she wanted was about to be sold to someone else.“I told him not to give my dream away. Please don’t sell my dream. He had given me his word and after I said that he decided to follow through with his promise to me.”All the attendees were able to share their story and what their business is all about.“I’ve always believed that storytelling allows you to capture the hearts of others. When business owners have a platform to be unapologetically honest… I’m positive that it will resonate with someone in the room…therfore leading to an organic connection,” said Livas.The women in the room are purpose driven and focused on sharing their talents with the world.“When people ask what I like to do most, hair or nails, I say thank God I have a gift,” said Luu.Members of the audience were encouraged by Luu’s story.“I’m always amazed to see powerful women come together to celebrate each other and share their own personal stories.  My walk away from the entire event is to just do it. Whatever that it is, stay consistent and stay prayerful,” said Sandra Sutton, CEO of JES event management group.Angel plans to have more events like this throughout the year.“When women leave a WBB event it’s our hope that they walk away knowing that they are not alone on their entrepreneurial journey. We exist to provide women strength, strategies and trainings for success. It’s our goal to create a community of sustainable businesses; led by women.”To find out more about WBB go to wbbtalk.comlast_img read more

17YearOld Charged as an Adult in Killing of Soldier

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comArmy soldier Damon Dickens, 23, was visiting family after completing basic training when he was killed in Southeast Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24—and now 17-year-old Jamal Blocker is being charged as an adult for his alleged murder.The recently married Dickens was found suffering of gunshot wounds outside of his grandmother’s house on the 2500 block of Bowen Road SE at about 4 p.m.  on Sept. 24.  The AFRO originally reported about Dickens’ death as part of a string of murders, in which four persons were killed within 14 hours.The soldier was awaiting deployment orders and hoping to be assigned to an airborne division when the incident occurred.Blocker was moved from Prince George’s County to the District in order to be charged as an adult, The Washington Post reported.last_img read more

Kalapini Komkali mesmerises audience at IHCs Morning Ragas

first_imgMusical notes resonated at the India Habitat Centre when the IHC ‘Morning Ragas’ concert was held on Sunday. The soulful morning was a lovely musical journey towards Uttarayan which is to be held in January. The artist for the morning concert was Kalapini Komkali, daughter and disciple of legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva.She opened her recital with Raga Bilaskhani Todi in which she presented three compositions, the last being Pt Kumar Gandharva’s composition. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next she presented the rarely heard Shukla Bilawal in which she sang two compositions before moving on to the more popular Alhaiya Bilawal. Kalapini’s next presentation was a Meera bhajan in her inimitable style. She ended the morning recital with a Kabir doha in Raga Bhairavi with the trademark Kumar Gandharva genre of singing. She was accompanied on the tabla by the young Ramendra Singh Solanki and on the Harmonium by Vinay Mishra.last_img read more

Raja arbitrarily subverted process for dual technology CBI

first_imgDuring the final arguments in 2G spectrum allocation case, special public prosecutor Anand Grover said that Raja had not evolved any procedure, which was to be followed while dealing with pending applications for dual technology, despite the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Telecom Commission insisting on it.“No procedure was evolved to allocate dual technology licence. A Raja subverted the procedures. Everybody else was saying that evolve a procedure, but Raja deliberately ignored them,” Grover told Special CBI Judge OP Saini. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Without evolving any procedure, Raja gave approval to grant dual technology,” he said, asking that “a minister can approve it, but where was the procedure”.He further argued that “the entire process has to be fair. It was the government, so the process must be fair. There was no public announcement about it. Raja approved it arbitrarily to favour certain applicants.” Grover said that STPL was “ultimately favoured” in the entire process.“No procedure was evolved by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). Everybody, from TRAI to Telecom Commission, was saying that a procedure should be evolved. There was no public announcement,” he said. “Without making it public, you are parting with the property of the state. This was done to favour certain people,” he said during the arguments, which would continue on Tuesday. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeIn its charge-sheet, the agency has alleged that Tata Tele Services Ltd and Spice Communications, which were having priority over STPL in terms of the dual technology approvals, were “unreasonably deprived” of the allocation of spectrum for Delhi circle.Raja, STPL and its promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka and 13 others are facing trial in the case. Raja and other co-accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by the CBI.  Besides Raja, Balwa and Goenka, DMK MP Kanimozhi, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja’s erstwhile private secretary RK Chandolia, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance ADAG – Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair – are facing trial in the case.Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal, Kalaignar TV Director Sharad Kumar and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also accused in the case, besides three telecom companies –Reliance Telecom Ltd, STPL and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd.In its charge sheet, CBI had alleged a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum, which was scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012. All the accused have denied the allegations levelled against them by the probe agency.last_img read more