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Ban confers with leaders on ending conflict in eastern DR Congo

Characterizing the situation on the ground in North Kivu province as “very threatening,” Mr. Ban told reporters in the Indian capital New Delhi that he has been in contact with DRC President Joseph Kabila, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the President of the African Union (AU) and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He has also spoken to Chairman Jean Ping of the African Commission, EU High Representative Javier Solana, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Foreign Secretary David Miliband of the United Kingdom, among other others.In his conversation with these officials, the Secretary-General stressed the “importance of doing everything possible to consolidate the current ceasefire and halt further violence,” as well as give aid workers unfettered access, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.He also urged them to do their utmost to bring the sides to a neutral venue for talks, with Mr. Kikwete and Mr. Ping suggesting a regional summit at either the Tanzanian capital Dar-es-salaam or the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The Secretary-General has also discussed appointing a UN Special Envoy to the region.Today, Mr. Ban asked Alain LeRoy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to travel to the region in a bid to resolve the crisis in eastern DRC.Earlier this week, he dispatched two of his senior aides to the region: Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmund Mulet to the DRC and Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios to Rwanda.Addressing the press in India today, the Secretary-General stressed that the ceasefire announced by rebel leader Laurent Nkunda should be kept, and that “the international community, African leaders – particularly those leaders in the region – should take very concrete measures so that this ceasefire can be maintained… and there should be a disengagement of the forces from there.”Recent days have seen an escalation in hostilities in North Kivu – which borders Rwanda and Uganda – between Government forces (FARDC) and the militia headed by Mr. Nkunda, known as the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP).Humanitarian agencies estimate that the clashes have sent as many as one quarter of a million people – many of whom had already been uprooted from their homes – fleeing, bringing the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Kivu to over 1 million.The UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as MONUC, reported today that the situation in the provincial capital, Goma, remains calm, with no outbreak of fighting occurring over the past 24 hours.FARDC forces have returned to the airport and taken over security responsibilities, while MONUC patrols last night on Goma’s streets aimed to reassure civilians. Nearly two dozen people were killed two days ago in the city, including eight government soldiers who were shot while taking part in looting. The UN is also investigating reports of rape.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MONUC, Alan Doss, travelled to Goma today to assess the situation and to meet with local authorities and aid workers. He was part of delegation that also included Jendayi Frazer, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Ali Bongo, AU Representative to the DRC.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that most of the relief workers besieged in Rutshuru and Kiwanja have been evacuated by MONUC helicopters. MONUC – which has been mandated by the Security Council to protect civilians – has fewer than 1,000 troops in Goma, which has a population of some 1 million.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban acknowledged that there is a limit to what UN forces can do in the region, emphasizing that the mission “must be given the additional resources it needs to carry out its mandate” and calling on the Council to speed up its efforts to support complement MONUC.“As the only organized force currently maintaining security in Goma, MONUC has done its utmost to protect civilians and humanitarian workers.” 31 October 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been heavily engaged in discussions with leaders in Africa, the European Union (EU) and the United States in an effort to stabilize the situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while calling for a continued halt to the fighting which has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people. read more

Jays hope to complete comeback

A lot of people might be wanting to knock off work early for this afternoon’s Blue Jays game.After taking two games in Arlington, the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in the fifth and deciding game of their American League Division Series at 4:07 pm.Marcus Stroman, who pitched seven innings in game 2, will start for the Jays, while Texas counters with Cole Hamels.It’s still not certain what role, if any, David Price will play.   He says he can still pitch despite throwing 50 pitches in relief in game 4 in Texas on Monday.Manager John Gibbons had said that Price couldn’t pitch today, but he opened the door a little in his comments yesterday.Price is the only lefthander the Jays could draw on from the bullpen unless Aaron Loup returns by game time after dealing with a family emergency.Meanwhile a petition on calling for Major League Baseball to allow the dome at Rogers Centre to be open this afternoon has now passed 20,000 signatures.Fans point out that there’s neither a high risk of rain, nor an expectation of the temperature being less than the minimum 10 degrees specified in the operating guidelines.But a Rogers official tweeted last night that it’s still going to be too cold to risk the aging roof mechanism seizing up, even if the league were to give the okay.Fans are concerned because the Jays had a losing record with the dome closed in the regular season, while they won 38 times and only lost 14 when it was open. read more

Teachers union is taking the Ontario government to court over sex

The union that represents over 80,000 teachers is taking the Ontario government to court. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario says the Ford Government is infringing on the rights of teachers and students with the removal of a modern sex-ed curriculum and the introduction of a ‘snitch’ line.When describing the Ford Government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum, ETFO president Sam Hammond used phrases like, “poorly thought out,” “abuse of power,” but he saved his most explosive statement for the end of his newser,“Yes it seems homophobic in a way, yes it’s trying to eliminate key aspects of the society we live in: gender identities, trans gender individuals, same sex marriage, I don’t know what else you’d call it.”The union sent the application to the superior court looking to keep the updated 2015 sex-ed in place where LGBTQ issues and cyber safety are taught.Some parents picking up their kids after their first day of school seem to be on the same page as teachersThe union is also hoping to eliminate the newly introduced report or “snitch” line. A service that allows anyone to critisize a teacher who they feel stray from the 20 year-old curriculum.“If that teacher decides to take that as a teachable moment to talk about same sex couples, is this government going to act and punish that teacher for doing that in 2018? There is absolutely no need for a snitch line in ETFO’s opinion attacks the integrity professional judgement of our members.’Manny Figueiredo, the Director of Education for the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board is putting trust in teachers that they’ll do the right thing.“Teachers need to respond to that. Doesn’t mean they’ll break into a whole class lesson because that isn’t an expectation they need to respond if a child from a certain identity or family structure doesn’t feel safe or included then we have a moral responsibility under the human rights code to respond to that need.’It’s unclear how long the court proceedings will take place.In the meantime, the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Director says their preparing for either outcome. He also mentioned that letters are still sent out to homes prior to certain sex-ed lessons and parents continue to have the option to pull their kids out of class if they disagree with the subject matter. read more

Cabs computer system examined for clues in 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simons

Cab’s computer system examined for clues in ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon’s fatal crash FILE – In this Feb, 1, 2010 file photo, journalist Bob Simon attends the premiere screening of “Faces of America With Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.” at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. CBS says Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car. He was 73. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City police are examining the computer system of a livery cab for clues to what caused the accident that killed “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon.Police said Friday the system should be able to tell them if the car was accelerating before it collided with another vehicle on the West Side Highway in Manhattan.Police say the driver has told investigators he remembers feeling a bump before the crash but not much else. He remains hospitalized with broken legs and a broken arm.The city’s medical examiner found Simon died from blunt-force injuries to his head, torso and extremities and had fractures. Police say he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.Simon covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s. He was 73 years old. by The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2015 3:07 pm MDT read more

Tony Mokbel stabbed in Barwon Prison

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Notorious Lebanese Australian convicted criminal Tony Mokbel was seriously injured in a stabbing at Victoria’s maximum security Barwon Prison. Ambulance paramedics were called to Lara Prison, 60km south-west of Melbourne, where Mokbel was treated for multiple stabbing wounds to the upper body.Police said that he was in a serious condition and had to be airlifted to hospital, however the investigation is ongoing.Mokbel, charged with being the mastermind behind Melbourne’s amphetamines trade, had disappeared from Australia while he was still on trial in March 2006. His name had also been linked to the Melbourne gangland killings.The Greek police had captured him in Athens on 5 June 2007 where he had fled to and had been living as a fugitive. Mokbel had made every effort to avoid extradition to Australia, however Greek authorities had extradited him as they believed that the serious nature of the charges that he had to face in Australia took priority over the Greek prosecution of lesser crimes of fraud and corruption. In May 2008, he arrived in Melbourne where he was sentenced by the Supreme Court of Victoria to 30 years with a minimum term of 22 years.New reports had surfaced in the press a few days ago that the former crime boss had become a respected figure among other inmates and had been maintaining order behind bars. There were even reports of him stepping in to save another inmate from being bashed.last_img read more

Google va lancer une liseuse électronique

first_imgGoogle va lancer une liseuse électroniqueLe 17 juillet, l’iRiver Story HD sera commercialisé aux Etats-Unis. Ce livre électronique avec clavier va permettre aux utilisateurs de chercher, acheter et lire des e-livres Google via une connexion Wi-Fi.L’iRiver Story HD, la première liseuse électronique de Google, a des allures de Kindle, celle d’Amazon, version blanche et dorée. Baptisée iRiver Story HD, la petite tablette dotée d’un clavier QWERTY, a un affichage en noir et blanc et en encre électronique (e-ink), et devrait en séduire plus d’un. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Sa particularité par rapport aux autres liseuses électroniques du marché ? Un responsable de Google Books, Pratip Banerji, précise sur le blog du groupe : “Avec le Story HD on peut maintenant chercher, acheter et lire des e-livres Google via wifi (internet sans fil), plutôt que de les télécharger et les transférer d’un ordinateur à une liseuse avec un câble comme on peut déjà le faire avec plus de 80 appareils compatibles”.A travers sa librairie numérique (lien non disponible) lancée en décembre, le moteur de recherche propose “des centaines de milliers d’e-livres Google en vente et plus de trois millions (d’ouvrages) gratuits”, grâce à des partenariats noués avec 4.000 éditeurs, entre autres, précise l’AFP.L’iRiver Story HD de Google sera vendu outre-Atlantique au prix de 139,99 dollars, un tarif aligné sur ceux de la dernière liseuse d’Amazon, le Kindle 3, et du Nook Simple Touch de Barnes and Nobles.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 30, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary Report that occurred this morning (Tuesday 30th May 2017) in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.Around 3:22am on that date, Police responded to a home on the Millennium Highway where two victims were met and they told officers that around 11:25pm that night they secured their home and went to bed. They were awakened by the shattering sound of their back glass door by a rock that was thrown by two slim built masked men who entered the home, brandished  and pointed a gun at them and demanded cash. The culprits got away with one (1) brown Land hand bag, one (1) Mac Book Pro Laptop and one (1) Samsung J7 phone.No one was injured during this incident.Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:, Chalk Sound Police Station 338-5901. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Crime Incidents.Over the past twenty-four hours there were two Burglaries, One Attempted Burglary and one Aggravated Burglary reported on the island of Providenciales. Investigations are in progress.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Apartment rents on the rise in Vancouver

first_imgPaying the rent just keeps getting tougher for Michelle McLaughlin, one among thousands of Clark County renters faced with a rate hike this year.At $699 per month, her rent is fairly low for a two-bedroom apartment in Vancouver’s Orchards area, she admits. But it’s about to nudge higher, said McLaughlin, who received notice of a $20 increase this month. She also just learned her $250 pet deposit is no longer refundable.It’s been less than a year since she and her 18-year-old daughter, Cora Hall, moved into the apartment, one of 334 units at Meadow Wood Apartments, a sprawling complex on the east side of Northeast 121st Avenue. Now, it has gotten to the point where McLaughlin, 42, dreads the newsletters that arrive in her mailbox from Meadow Wood’s management.“They say, ‘friendly reminder,’ but they are anything but friendly,” said McLaughlin, a compliance clerk for Evergreen School District’s special education department.Her experience is not unusual. Housing experts say rent concessions are all but nonexistent as the supply of rental units tightens in Portland and its suburbs. Local rents are expected to rise through the year, pushed by Vancouver’s low vacancy rate of 3.6 percent and the Portland metro area’s overall vacancy rate of 2.5 percent.The metro area rate is low compared with other West Coast cities, according to a survey released in February by the National Association of Realtors.Portland tied with Minneapolis for the second-lowest rate in the nation, coming in just behind New York City’s 1.8 percent rate. All three cities were well below the national average of 4.7 percent.last_img read more

Elderly woman recovering after attack outside West Palm Beach Walmart

first_imgKennedy was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. With her purse back in her hands, she’s currently undergoing physical therapy at home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A Palm Beach County woman is on the mend days after she was attacked and robbed outside of a Walmart.Ninety-one-year-old Mary Kennedy is recovering after, she said, she was targeted by a purse snatcher in the parking lot of the Walmart at 4375 Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, Sunday morning.“I was just out there doing shopping on Sunday morning. Who knew?” she said.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Kennedy was unloading her cart when 35-year-old Gilberto Garcia told her she had a nail in her tire. All of a sudden, she was body slammed to the ground.“I said, ‘No, you’re not going anywhere with my pocketbook. It’s my pocketbook.’ Sheesh,” she said.Kennedy was left bruised, with a fractured pelvis and tailbone.Witnesses snapped a picture of the suspect’s license plate, and that led to his arrest. last_img read more

MediaNext Coverage In Keynote Elisabeth DeMarse Addresses TheStreet Incs Turnaround

first_imgThe contributor content model allows various industry voices to publish their insights directly on the company’s site, which are then widely distributed across all TheStreet’s media channels. Currently, TheStreet retains 100 content contributors* with plans to grow aggressively, according to DeMarse, but there is a “personal touch” from the editors that helps facilitate the exchanges.“It’s not a tsunami of content,” she said. “[But] it’s the way of the future.”Adjusting her company’s advertising perspective, implementing cost-cutting measures and managing content and talent are the ways DeMarse was able to facilitate TheStreet’s financial turnaround since joining the company over a year ago. In the second quarter of 2013, TheStreet generated $13.5 million, an 8 percent year-over-year increase.One factor in that success was her ability to improve subscription revenues through acquiring The Deal, an institutional subscription business, and converting subscribers from TheStreet’s free website.“I came into the company saying we’re going to grow through acquisitions,” DeMarse said. “I am so happy and relieved we have a strong subscription base.” Acquisitions will be a key method for the company’s ongoing growth, she said, adding that TheStreet Inc. has $60 million set aside for making deals.DeMarse also noted that while some of her undertakings were difficult to build upon, they were better than the ad-supported revenue options too volatile for her liking.“There is no such thing as a loyal advertiser anymore,” she said. “The people on the buy side can’t do ROI (return on investment). That’s the dirty secret.” New York—Transitioning from one model to another is a difficult undertaking for any media publishing company. However, morphing within an industry in constant tumult is an entirely different situation. Online publishers are by nature media disrupters, as they do not follow the ink-and-paper path of the past. Nevertheless, they too have to continue to change and grow along with their market audience, making both intelligent and low cost adjustments to drive success. Elisabeth DeMarse, chair, president and CEO of TheStreet, Inc., a financial news and services network, addressed that issue, plus her company’s subscription model, extended contributor network and more on Monday as keynote speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext 2013 conference in New York.DeMarse offered candid comments about downsizing her editorial staff and the expansion of TheStreet’s contributor content model.“When I came in, we went from 70 on staff to 15 and I filled in with the contributor content model,” she said. “We pulled $2 million from the newsroom [costs].” Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was reported that TheStreet currently has 500 content contributors. They currently retain 100.last_img read more

New Commander for Air Force Installation Support Agency

first_imgMaj. Gen. Bradley Spacy on Friday took command of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC), the agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service.Spacy replaces Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who is retiring after 31 years of service. Carter had led the center since it was formally established in April 2015. Spacy joined the organization last July as its director of expeditionary support, reported AFIMSC Public Affairs.At the ceremony, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, said she is confident in Spacy’s leadership to further develop the AFIMSC’s capability because he’s spent his entire career providing combat support.“I know you have the right background and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this team to support our Air Force in providing agile combat support,” Pawlikowski said. “Under your leadership, I know you’ll make this organization even better.”In less than a year’s time, the AFIMSC team has demonstrated it can provide full-spectrum, enterprise-wide, integrated combat support, Spacy said.“But the real work is just starting,” he added. “We’ve got to take this to the next level and the next level to create capability … and help change the way we fight the war to keep America safe.“I know we can do it. It’s going to take hard work. Lisa and I will be there with you every step of the way … and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Spacy concluded.AFIMSC supports 77 Air Force installations, nine major commands and two direct reporting units with an annual budget of $10 billion. The center integrates and executes more than 150 mission capabilities in the areas of civil engineering, base communications, ministry programs, financial management, logistics readiness, operational acquisition, security forces, and airmen and family services. The organization is a unit of Air Force Materiel Command. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Mark Kratman Is An Asset To Tewksbury  Wilmington

first_imgDear Editor,Mark Kratman has served Tewksbury well over the years and always had our best interests at heart. I worked closely with Mark on both the Wilmington and Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce and The Tewksbury Economic Development Committee; he is always available and willing to help with any issues that face our town. He is a tremendous asset to our community and continues to be a strong advocate for our small business community.Mark met with businesses that expressed interest in doing business in Tewksbury and was among the first town officials to encourage them to move in and help them navigate our Town Government to acquire all necessary permitting. During his two terms as the Chairman of the Tewksbury Economic Development Committee, he worked with our town officials to improve Town Website and solicited Amazon and Lowell General Hospital to do business in Tewksbury. Mark understands the positive affects small businesses can have on our taxes and will continue to be a strong advocate for small business in both Tewksbury and Wilmington.The citizens of this district need someone like Mark who is not afraid to speak out on key issues that affect us all. Someone who was endorsed by the late Jim Miceli and knows his way around Beacon Hill.I hope my fellow citizens will join me on Tuesday, September 4 in voting for Mark Kratman for State Representative.Sincerely,Hanson BechatLike 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… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Town Crier News Editor, Town Moderator Jayne Wellman Miller Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Committee To Elect Mark Kratman Expresses Disappointment With Robertson Campaign’s TacticsIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Democratic State Rep. Candidate Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to ISS delayed yet again

first_img SpaceX preps Crew Dragon Enlarge ImageFalcon 9 and Crew Dragon get ready for a test flight. SpaceX SpaceX and NASA are no strangers to launch delays, and the latest involves the first major test flight of the SpaceX crew capsule, the Crew Dragon. NASA announced on Thursday it has pushed the schedule for the Demo-1 launch into February at the earliest.  Crew Dragon was previously set to head to orbit on Jan. 7, but that date was reset for Jan. 17. NASA did not specify a new target date, but it says SpaceX and NASA are still completing hardware testing and joint reviews. The uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station is designed to check how the launch, orbital, docking and landing systems function before actual astronauts take a ride to space inside the capsule.  Comment Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, which also involves the Boeing Starliner. The space agency is hoping to bring astronaut launches back to US soil for the first time since 2011. Astronauts visiting the ISS have been hitching rides on Russian spacecraft.  The capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch it are sitting upright together on the historic Apollo 11 launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that the test flight will be “extremely intense” since there’s a lot of new hardware involved. If the test flight goes well, then astronauts could take the first crewed flight on Dragon later this year. NASA says it will confirm a new target launch date after coordinating with the Eastern Range rocket range and the ISS program. 10 Photos Tags 1 SpaceX Crew Dragon preps for ‘extremely intense’ first test flight NASA astronauts test SpaceX spacesuits in the Crew Dragon Share your voice Space cheese and 9 other weird items we’ve sent into orbit (pictures) NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. What NASA’s Kepler telescope sees: It’s helped amateurs spot an unusual new planet in a “Goldilocks zone.” Sci-Tech NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Hyderabad to witness heavy rainfall today IMD

first_imgThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasted heavy rainfall in Hyderabad in the next few hours. GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore alerted officials and rescue teams over the rain prediction. Around 80 special teams were formed to clean the garbage piled up in the areas due to the rain. Dana Kishore also spoke to zonal commissioners about the traffic diversion to prevent the traffic gridlocks. Currently, areas like Secunderabad, Tirumulgherry, Marredpally and JBS is witnessing heavy rainfall.last_img

Inu Mujibul Anisul Mosharraf made parliamentary committee heads

first_imgHasanul Haq Inu, Mosharraf Hossen, Anisul Islam Mahmud and Mujibul Haq (clockwise)Six more parliamentary standing committees on various ministries were formed on Thursday with the approval of leader of the house and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Chief whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury proposed the names of the committees and the members in the house with deputy speaker M Fazley Rabbi Mia in the chair. The house unanimously adopted the proposals by voice votes.The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) bodies are on Labour and employment ministry, railway ministry, information ministry, ministry of home affairs, housing and public works ministry and expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry.Mujibul Haq will lead the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of labour and employment while Hasanul Haq Inu has been made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Information Ministry.ABM Fazley Karim Chowdhury will lead parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of railway while M Shamsul Haq Tuku is made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of home affairs.Mosharraf Hossen has been made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of housing and public works.On the other hand, Anisul Islam Mahmud will lead the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of expatriate welfare and overseas employmentlast_img read more

STF nabs two drug peddlers seizes 9 packets of yaba tablets

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed two persons and seized nine packets of Amphetamine, commonly known as ‘yaba’, in tablet form. The duo was produced before the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court in Bichar Bhavan and has been remanded to police custody till August 8.According to police, on Thursday afternoon STF sleuths got hold of information that a few drug peddlers were coming to the city with a huge quantity of some kind of narcotic in a car. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team from the STF soon went to a place on Basanti Highway under the jurisdiction of Pragati Maidan police station and waited for the car. After almost an hour, the target car was seen. As soon as the car was seen coming, police blocked the way with their vehicles. After the car was intercepted, sleuths searched the car and found 1,00,000 yaba tablets weighing about 10 kg. The two persons who were in the car, identified as Ripon Hossain alias Ebrahim Hossain of Suti and Ripon Shaikh of Raghunathganj in Murshidabad, were detained. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe duo, along with the yaba tablets were brought to an STF facility. Later, the two accused persons were arrested. Since the last few months, STF has nabbed several drug peddlers who used to supply drugs and narcotics to students of several eminent educational institutions across the city. Keeping the past scenarios in mind, STF has already stepped up its vigil across the city to prevent the use of such substances.last_img read more

Indian Museum to open 20 new galleries

first_imgKolkata: The Indian Museum is all set to bring more collections in public view by opening up 20 more galleries. Thirteen of these galleries will be located at Belvedre House on the campus of National Library while seven will be located at Currency Building in Dalhousie Square.”Most of the museums in the world have huge collection of artefacts but only 4 to 5 percent of these exhibits can be displayed. Lack of space is one of the major constraints on the part of the museums across the world and the 206 year old Indian Museum is not an exception. The Centre has given us the nod to expand our museum and accordingly we have started working on it,” said Rajesh Purohit, director of Indian Museum. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Indian Museum has 1.08 lakhs artefacts in its collection and only 5 percent of them are in display. Both the Belvedre House in Alipore and the Old Currency Building have gone structural renovation. The Belvedre House is a heritage while the Currency Building is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey Of India. According to Purohit, the Belvedre building will have varied images and objects with each exhibition based upon a different theme. There will be exhibits on the theme of gods and goddesses like Shakti, Shiva, Bishnu and also on the flora and fauna of Indian art dating back to several years. Visitors in the building will also have access to using the Belvedre library. One of the galleries in Belvedre has already been unveiled in March. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Currency Building exhibits will have a predominance of sculpture works with a separate gallery on Textile and another on Women in Indian Art. There will be also artefacts on Tibetan, Burmese, Chinese and South East Asia. There will be a cafeteria and cultural events as part of activities of the museum will be held from time to time. “Our collection in the textile sector is very enriching which dates back to over 200 years but only a few of them are on display in the Indian Museum. People who want to take up research in textile will get enough material,” he added. The Indian Museum authorities is optimistic of unveiling all the galleries by January 2020. “The two new destinations will surely give a big boost to tourism,” said Purohit. The best example where the expansion of a museum has taken place in the recent past is the Metropolitan Museum in New York. This museum has spread its wings on the bank of river Hudson.last_img read more

Empty containers transformed into something useful

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Ladysmith’s Ronel Grobler loves making things out of empty containers.“Like what?” you say. Well, there’s fairy houses, piggy banks and a host of other ingenious creations.Amazingly, Ronel does all this at home and quite successfully sells what she makes to shops in town.She caters for birthday parties and other functions.Ronel, a mother of two handsome boys, says she likes using her imagination when taking a container and coming up with something new. “I love my hobby and I also make money from it,” smiles Ronel.last_img read more

In Cuban missile showdown 2 brothers own crisis

first_imgAssociated PressMIAMI (AP) – Julio Castro sat at his uncle’s Miami home as President John F. Kennedy came on the television the night of Oct. 22, 1962, to tell the nation the Soviet Union was building launch sites for nuclear missiles in Cuba capable of reaching almost every city in the Western Hemisphere.Castro had fled the Caribbean island earlier that year, and his parents and siblings were still there. He’d joined the U.S. Army in August, thinking that with the help of a superpower, he and the growing contingent of exiles in Miami could defeat the communists who had taken control nearly four years before. Now the world was on the verge of a nuclear war. Castro stood ready for his orders, ready to do anything to secure the United States and free his family. Even kill.Ninety miles away, his brother was prepared to do the same.Unbeknownst to one another, Julio and Jose Castro had both enlisted in the military, the older brother with the United States, the younger with Cuba. As the U.S. and the Soviets inched closer to catastrophe half a century ago this month, one brother stood in the trenches watching Soviet troops set up outside Havana, while the other awaited orders in Miami.Each well knows what may have happened had Kennedy heeded some advisors’ call to invade Cuba.And each knew his role.“War is war,” says Julio Castro, now 71.If it comes down to it, his 69-year-old brother says in Spanish, “you fire at the enemy.”___Growing up before the revolution, the brothers shared a close bond.As a teenager, Julio Castro remembers enjoying the delights of Havana: He would go around the city in his red Austin Healey coupe and hit the clubs with friends. His brother imagined doing the same when he was old enough.Not everyone in Cuba lived such a life. Under Fulgencio Batista’s rule, the gap between rich and poor grew wider and corruption was rampant. Suspected dissidents were killed. The boys’ own grandfather, a congressman who belonged to an opposition political party, was followed and harassed. Inside their own household, there was joy and discontent when Fidel Castro, who is not related to them, and the revolutionaries marched triumphantly into Havana and took control of the government in 1959. Their father, who had studied philosophy, liked the ideas of socialism. Their mother, on the other hand, was startled by the firing squad executions of former Batista officials and many others shown on television.So was her oldest son.“Cuban killing Cuban, this is not right,” Julio Castro remembers thinking.Jose Castro was also starting to develop a political consciousness of his own. He’d been asked to leave his Catholic school after joining a student revolutionary group, and because he was still too young for most jobs, his options were limited. His father found him work at a clothing factory, and it was there, speaking and meeting the workers, that he began to see another side of life in Cuba: The plight and exploitation of the underclasses.“It was a world I didn’t know,” he recalls.At night, when they met at home, the two young men refrained from discussing their political differences. But they increasingly led separate lives.Jose Castro joined a union and pledged to enlist in the new government’s revolutionary army, which was no small commitment. Though Cuba’s communist leaders remain at odds with the U.S. 50 years later, both governments have eased their policies, allowing more interaction between Cubans on either side of the Florida Straits.For Julio Castro, the Cold War still remains, the mission he wanted to accomplish only half complete. The family is reunited, though in a different country than they had hoped to be.“My brother and me, we made peace,” he says. “We made peace with each other because we are family. There is no tension because there is love.”___Julio and Jose de Castro are featured in the upcoming documentary by Javier Aparisi, “La Crisis de los Misiles en Miami,” “The Cuban Missile Crisis in Miami.” More information can be found online at: Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories “My goal was to secure this nation,” Julio Castro says. “That was the number one goal. Secure the nation and then try to liberate my brother.”As the crisis escalated, the U.S. prepared for war. B-52s and intercontinental ballistic missiles were prepared to launch at a moment’s notice. Soviet and U.S. diplomats went back and forth, seeking a peaceful solution. Finally, on Oct. 27, Kennedy agreed to remove missiles in Italy and Turkey in exchange for the Soviets dismantling and removing the nuclear weapons in Cuba.Jose Castro was sent back to the factory, where he had continued working, not yet a full member of the military. Julio Castro was shipped the next month to Fort Knox, where, even after the crisis was averted, he worked on Operation Mongoose and hoped to overthrow the communists.Neither knew how close he had to come to fighting against his brother.___Jose Castro spent 30 years in the Cuban military. His mother and two sisters left the island and joined his older brother in the United States during that time.He wasn’t allowed to communicate with them, under a rule he could not have contact with the “enemy.”Everyone in the United States was considered an enemy. Julio Castro went cold.“I’m going to the United States,” he replied.“And your father knows that?” the man asked.“Yes,” he lied.The guard paused, weighing the likelihood of Julio’s response.“Have a good trip,” he said.___Ten months after his arrival, on Oct. 14, 1962, a U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane flew over Cuba and took photographs of Soviet missile bases under construction on the island. Several U.S. officials argued for an immediate invasion of Cuba, but Kennedy doubted that was the best approach.Ninety miles away, Jose Castro received orders to help guard a Soviet base in a wooded area; while he was told there were missiles inside, Castro never saw them himself. He was assigned to stand in the trenches outside, and could see the Soviets enter and leave the base.“I thought they were rockets to defend the country, not attack,” he says.On Oct. 22, Kennedy went on television and informed Americans of the impending nuclear threat. Any attack from Cuba in the Western Hemisphere would require “full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union,” he said.Julio Castro, in Miami, watched in anticipation. He had already agreed to participate in Operation Mongoose, another CIA plot to remove Fidel Castro and the communist regime from power. As the missile crisis unfolded, he was awaiting his orders to be sent for bacterial, chemical and nuclear training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of In order to join up, Jose had to complete a 38-mile walk to prove his stamina. He bought a pair of comfortable shoes and prepared for the trek.Before he left, his mother came into his room.“I know you’re going to walk,” she said. “But I wish you wouldn’t.”He looked at his mother, wishing he could say something to console her, but knowing that his mind was firm.“I’m going,” he said. “I’ve already promised to do it.”His older brother, meanwhile, had begun making arrangements to leave Cuba in the months after the battle at the Bay of Pigs, in which the Cuban military routed an invading brigade of American-trained Cuban exiles.Julio Castro applied for a student visa with the help of an uncle in Miami, not telling his brother or his father. If either knew, he feared it could put his exit in jeopardy or endanger the entire family. So on a January day in 1962, he left for the airport alone in a taxicab, without saying goodbye to anyone.As he worked his way through an inspection at the airport, a member of the revolutionary guard, a young man from their neighborhood, recognized him.“Julito, where are you going?” he asked. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 5 treatments for adult scoliosis “My family is not the enemy,” he thought.Still, he knew vague details of their lives. His mother kept in contact with his wife, and sent him One A Day vitamins that he took for decades, even when he was sent to Angola. (Cuban troops were used to bolster the African country’s then-communist government against rebels for more than a decade beginning in the mid-1970s.)When his military service was over, Jose Castro entered the civilian workforce. It was there that he began to see another side of the revolution. He didn’t have the benefits given to members of the military anymore – food and vacations for his family and rides to work. He and his family lived in a modest apartment with furniture his mother had bought in the 1950s.In 2004, more than 10 years after retiring from the military, Jose Castro was granted permission to leave the country.His older brother picked him up at the airport in Miami.They hugged each other and cried.“Welcome to the land of liberty,” Julio Castro said.In some ways, Jose Castro grew up to be more like his big brother than he might have known. Both served in the military and both became civil engineers. These days they even work on projects together. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more