Graphic Designer Makes Concept Uniform For Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?last_img

Man arrested after shots fired at RCMP detachment on NB First Nation

first_imgTOBIQUE, N.B. – One man is in custody after shots were fired into the RCMP detachment on the Tobique First Nation in western New Brunswick.Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh says officers arrived at the detachment on Sunday to find several bullet holes in the side and the back of the building.She said it’s believed that the incident happened early Sunday.No one was injured.On Monday, a 25-year-old man from Tobique First Nation was arrested in relation to the incident, and he remains in custody on another matter.Charges are pending in connection with the shooting.last_img

Seattle Seahawks Need A Healthy Sidney Rice To Shoulder

Sidney Rice has a lot on his shoulders this year with the Seattle Seahawks. The problem is, he had surgery on both shoulders and so they are hardly ready for him to take on NFL hits.“This is going to be up to them. I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible,” Rice said of the team. “Preseason is important but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time and progress me along, bring me along as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens during the preseason games.”Rice’s first season with Seattle was marred by injury. He injured one shoulder during the preseason and said he was unaware that the other was also damaged. Rice played as best he could through the two shoulder injuries until a pair of concussions — the second one suffered in Week 12 against Washington — finally landed Rice on injured reserve.His first shoulder surgery on the right one came Jan. 3. His left shoulder was repaired Feb. 16. Still, it could be a while before the Seahawks put him at risk. Initially, they were going to place Rice on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, but he was cleared to participate in drills over the weekend before the first practice.“We’re just going to go through this conservatively, I guess you can say, and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. That’s great that he’s working and getting the timing worked, but we won’t get him banged for a while,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes as we start to make progress. This is the best time for us to have our hands on him and really work him right and finish off his off-season, and I just think he’s had enough that he’s been through that it warrants taking our time here and not rushing him back.”Rice’s health is of the utmost importance for Seattle this year because of the questions that linger with the rest of its receivers. The competition to find who will start opposite Rice, along with determining the depth of the position, is one of the few true battles the Seahawks have to solve during the next month.“I’m the leader of this group now with Mike (Williams) gone and I just want to lead by example,” Rice said. “These guys know how to play football but we have to bring it every day, bring the right attitude.” read more

Is It Time To Bring Back The Hartford Whalers

Then again, fans weren’t exactly being treated to great hockey — and the trade of star Ron Francis and the talk of relocation didn’t help to build goodwill either. In the 1989-90 season, the Whalers had a slightly above-average 38-33-9 record and also earned slightly above-average revenues. But things went underwater from there: the Whalers never had a winning season again.The question is whether the Islanders would be better off with one-eighth of a loaf in New York or a market to themselves in Connecticut. Considering the popularity of the New York Rangers (and the presence of the New Jersey Devils), the inadequacy of the Barclays Center for hockey, and all the other competition for the fans’ entertainment dollar in New York, it’s probably a pretty close call. It was one of the best logos in all of sports. A green “W,” and a blue whale’s tail, neatly using the negative space to form an “H,” as in “Hartford Whalers.” Unfortunately, they don’t give out Stanley Cups for graphic design. The Whalers didn’t have a lot of success on the ice, winning just one playoff series in 18 NHL seasons before moving to North Carolina and becoming the Carolina Hurricanes before the 1997-98 season.But now there’s a chance the Whalers could resurface. The state of Connecticut is pursuing the New York Islanders, who are in danger of being kicked out of their woefully inadequate arena at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The team would play at the XL Center in Hartford, the Whalers’ former home.How successful might Whalers 2.0 be? In a 2013 study, I estimated that about 175,000 avid NHL fans live in the Hartford-New Haven metro area. That sounds bad, though it’s comparable to or slightly better than some of the lower-tier American NHL markets, including Columbus, Raleigh-Durham, Miami and Nashville (and better than Las Vegas, where the NHL is expanding). Furthermore, there’s potentially room for growth. According to our estimates, 7 percent of adults in the Hartford metro area were avid NHL fans in 2013. But the percentage is 13 percent in the New York metro area and 17 percent in the Boston metro area. If the Islanders or another team were to relocate to Hartford, the numbers would probably improve. The Hartford-New Haven media market is the largest in the U.S. without a “big four” sports franchise. But it’s only about one-eighth the size of New York’s media market (which includes Long Island and Northern New Jersey).Of course, the NHL’s last stint in Hartford didn’t exactly end successfully. Between the 1989-90 and 1996-97 seasons, the average NHL team’s revenues more than doubled, increasing from $22 million to $52 million, according to estimates from Forbes and Financial World magazines. But the Whalers’ revenues didn’t increase at all during this period, flatlining at about $25 million. That doesn’t adjust for inflation, so their income actually decreased on a real basis. read more

Napoli eyeing Ancelotti

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti would reportedly be considered as a solid option for Napoli if Maurizio Sarri departs from the team this summer.Ancelotti is in the crosshairs of quite a few Premier League clubs as there are many who are experiencing issues with their current coaches and such that already know they have no managers for the next season.Chelsea’s Conte has been having problems with decisions, taken by higher management, Arsenal’s Wenger officially announced his departure from the club despite spending 22 years there and even the Spurs as Pochettino seems unable to bring out the best from the players.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Ancelotti, however, is being targeted by Napoli as he has been a free agent ever since being fired by Bayern Munich. He turned down the Italy job with the main motive that he is looking to work at club level, according to Football Italia.Considering this, Napoli might indeed be a perfect fit for him and the other way around – he is an experienced coach, who might lead them to a Scudetto win, which has not happened since the 90s, and they are an Italian team – he would not even have to change the country.last_img read more

Gabbiadini on Sampdoria return I didnt give it a seconds thought

first_imgItalian striker Manolo Gabbiadini revealed that rejoining Sampdoria was an easy decision after completing his transfer from Southampton last weekGabbiadini decided to end his two-year stay at St Mary’s this month after making just four starts in the Premier League for Southampton this season.Although the 27-year-old did enjoy some highs in his short stay in England with his most notable feat coming in the 2017 EFL Cup final, where he scored twice against Manchester United in a 3-2 defeat for Southampton.Now Gabbiadini has returned to Sampdoria, who he played for between 2013 to 2015 before leaving for Napoli, and is looking forward to his second spell in Liguria.“The Premier League is a unique League,” Gabbiadini told Il Secolo XIX.“It a positive experience, which let me grow, and I’d do it again, but it went so-so for me.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“What will stay with me? Several things. I scored twice in the 2017 [League] Cup Final and scored the goal that kept us up last season.“Let’s say I was always there whenever I was needed most over the last two years and I still have a wonderful relationship with their fans. They used to chant ‘Lamborghini-Gabbiadini’.“When you leave somewhere, you don’t think about going back and just think about where you’re going next.“However, I left Samp on very good terms and when the opportunity [of returning] came up, I didn’t give it a second’s thought.“Physically I feel good. I haven’t played for over a month but there’s no winter break in England and I’ve kept training.”Gabbiadini scored 12 goals in 60 appearances for Southampton in total.last_img read more

Lilac Fire finally 100 contained after 10 days of battling

first_img Posted: December 16, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lilac Fire finally 100% contained after 10 days of battling SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — After 10 days of destruction, the Lilac Fire was 100 percent contained Saturday, fire officials announced.”A big thank you to our local, state and federal cooperators,” Cal Fire San Diego tweeted around 6 a.m. “We couldn’t do it without our great partnerships and teamwork.”In total, 1,659 firefighters and other personnel helped battle the blaze.The Lilac Fire destroyed 157 structures — many of them dwellings in the Rancho Monserate Country Club mobile home park in Fallbrook — and damaged 64 more. No human deaths were reported, but at least 46 horses died, many of them stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center in Bonsall.The Santa Ana winds that fueled the massive blaze returned earlier this week and were set to return again Sunday, though weaker than they were when the fire started.A fire weather watch was issued for San Diego County on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties will be under a red flag warning during the same time period.Locally, fire agencies are bracing for any new fires, while in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, fire crews are continuing to battle the even-larger Thomas Fire.That blaze, which broke out 12 days ago and is still only 40 percent contained, has now grown to the third-largest in California’s history at more than 259,000 acres burned. Full containment is not expected until early January.The 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego County still holds the record as the state’s largest wildfire at 273,246 acres, while the 2007 Witch Fire and 1970 Laguna Fire, both in San Diego County, are also among the 10 largest in California history.center_img , December 16, 2017last_img read more

Week In Review 312316

first_imgWednesday 3/14Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-0314.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-0314.mp300:00RPd20-Year-Old Killed In Head On Collision On Sterling Highway, Alaska Students Rally On Capitol Steps For School Safety, Ninilchik Traditional Council Launches Kenai To Homer Bus Service Monday 3/12Audio PlayerJennifer-monday-0312.mp3VmJennifer-monday-0312.mp300:00RPdPublic Open House On Cooper Landing Bypass Final EIS, Smoke-Free Workplace Bill At A Stand Still, BOF Meeting To Be Held On Kenai Peninsula In 2020 Tuesday 3/13Audio Player03-16-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm03-16-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdPremera Plans To Invest $50 Million Into Alaska Insurance Market, FERC Schedules Final EIS For Alaska LNG Project, UCI Northern District Closures Announced For Commercial Salmon Fishing With Set Gillnets, Fire Does Major Damage To Home Off Funny River Road, No Injuries, CES Reports One Fatality In Sterling Highway Collision Friday 3/16Audio PlayerJennifer-Fridya-.mp3VmJennifer-Fridya-.mp300:00RPdTroopers Increasing Patrols For St. Patrick’s Day, Homer City Council Votes Against Marijuana Establishments On The Spit, Alaska LNG Kenai Spur Highway Public Comment Period Extended, Sen. Murkowski Backs Bill To Allow Pot Business Bankingcenter_img Thursday 3/15Audio Player03-16-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm03-16-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdSoldotna City Council Member Submits Resignation, State Senator Seeks Public Input On SB91, Candidates Named In Upcoming HEA Board Of Directors’ Election, Kenaitze Indian Tribe Hosting Suicide Prevention Courses Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.last_img read more

Suspect Identified In KNWR Bear Poaching Case

first_imgAccording to the post from KNWR, witnesses describe the black bear as weighing approximately 100 pounds and no fear of vehicles or people. The refuge posted to Facebook to update on the incident: “Thanks to the public for their help, a suspect has been identified. Investigation is ongoing.” The name of the suspect has not yet been released. FWO received a report of a Black Bear that had been poached near the East entrance of Skilak Loop approximately 1/2 mile from Jim’s Landing. In the original incident, Officer Rob Barto and Wildlife Canine Rex responded to the scene and documented a large pool of blood in the middle of the road as well as drags marks from the scene into the woods and drag marks from the woods back to the road where the bear was loaded into a vehicle and transported from the area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Federal Wildlife Officers have identified a suspect in the bear poaching case in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area. According to a post from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the report came in on Thursday, May 17, at approximately 9:30 a.m. On scene witnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle.last_img read more

VWs batteryrecycling mobile EV chargers can charge 4 cars at once

first_img Volkswagen Auto Tech Electric Cars More From Roadshow Tags Preview • Volkswagen I.D. Buzz: Driving this concept gets us smiling More about 2022 Volkswagen I.D. Buzz 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 10 Photoscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Check out the VW ID 3’s clever camouflage Post a comment 0 Enlarge ImageI’m really digging this charger’s A E S T H E T I C. Volkswagen Even though an EV’s battery might be considered “dead” when it loses a certain amount of its capacity, that doesn’t mean its remaining capability can’t be used for green purposes. Enter Volkswagen’s new mobile charger, which will rely on old batteries to juice up new ones.While VW originally unveiled its concept mobile charger in January, it didn’t offer much in the way of actual facts and figures. But that changes this week. These chargers are engineered to hold up to 360 kilowatt-hours of charge, and they can handle up to four vehicles charging simultaneously with a maximum quick-charge draw of 100 kilowatts.Its mobility should provide a number of benefits. While it can remain close to a power source to provide a constant flow of energy like a static charger, it can also be disconnected and wheeled around to areas that might not have a handy hookup. Volkswagen noted that this means it can go to areas that EV chargers wouldn’t otherwise serve, like music festivals. Finally, somebody’s thinking about all those poor folks at Coachella!As Volkswagen stated back in January, these chargers will run on depleted batteries from EVs running on the automaker’s MEB scalable electric-vehicle platform. Of course, there are no MEB-equipped cars on the road just yet, so VW’s first run of mobile chargers will likely use fresh batteries. The first charger is expected to go online in Germany next year, with full production commencing in 2020.Once those batteries can’t even hold enough charge for that job, they’ll be sent to VW’s Salzgitter facility, where the batteries will be properly recycled, with the automaker seeking to use the reclaimed raw materials for use in new batteries. Right now, the facility is able to recycle 53% of a battery’s parts, with the hope to raise that figure to 72%, then to 97% in the future. VW says it’ll be able to handle 1,200 tons of EV batteries per year to start, which covers enough batteries for 3,000 vehicles. Share your voice Volkswagenlast_img read more

Amazons Personal Shopper service hopes to unravel the competition

first_img Post a comment Mobile Mobile Apps Phones Share your voice Amazon 0 Amazon wants to make sure you’re stylish.  Amazon Amazon Prime is trying its hand at fashion again with the launch Wednesday of Personal Shopper by Prime Wardrobe in the iOS and Android app. The women’s styling service sends users handpicked items and accessories based on their style profile. Amazon says it hopes to expand to menswear soon. Personal Shopper is available only to US Amazon Prime users, but it works if you have a 30-day trial membership, the student Prime membership or the six-month trial membership.Stylists base brand and item selections on your style, fit and budget, according to Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe page. Customers get to preview their personalized picks and then select up to eight items which they want to ship. You’ll get a week at-home try-on period and resealable packaging for free returns. Personal Shopper costs $4.99 per month (plus your Prime subscription). Sizes include 0–24 and XS–XXL/3X, as well as women’s shoes in sizes 5-12. Amazon The Echo Look was one of Amazon’s previous forays into fashion. The $200 niche version of the Echo smart speaker was available for a limited time and by invitation only. The device could help you catalog and keep track of your wardrobe. In addition, the app could give you fashion advice to help you choose between outfits. The Personal Shopper styling service puts Amazon in competition with subscription boxes like Stitch Fix, Dia & Co., Rachel Zoe, Fabletics and more. Originally published July 31 at 10:42 a.m. PT.Update, 11:50 a.m.: Adds info on the Echo Look.Correction, 1:07 p.m. PT: Fixes the preview and selection process prior to the shipment and specifies subscription price. center_img 1:15 Tags Prime Day breaks records, Elon Musk wants your brain Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

BMW i8 Set to Make India Debut at 2014 Auto Expo

German luxury car maker BMW seemed to have been making some aggressive plans for India. The company is now all geared to introduce its petrol-electric hybrid i8 at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014.The car, which made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, is powered by a3-cylinder, 1.5-litre, twin turbocharging petrol engine, in combination with an electric motor. The engine generates a power of 231bhp, a peak torque of 320Nm and is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox transmission. The car is capable of attaining 0 to 100kmph speed in 4.5 seconds and offers a top speed of 250kmph, along with a fuel efficiency of 40kmpl.The car is likely to be the most expensive from BMW for the India market and, according to various reports, it is likely to come with a price tag of ₹1.5 crore. The company is expected to start rolling out the new offering by early 2014.Also, BMW India has kick-started the promotions for the BMW i series car.”A new kind of movement has arrived. A movement that defines your future. BMW i. Its pure progressive shapes will fascinate you. Its lightening performance will energise you. Its intelligent applications and services will help you enjoy more. Its unparalleled use of sustainable technology will allow you to live responsibly. It will combine what is good for you and what is good for tomorrow,” RushLane quoted an update by the company. read more

Its confirmed OnePlus 7 set for global debut in Bengaluru on this

first_imgAfter weeks of speculations, OnePlus officially announced the launch date of the upcoming Android flagship OnePlus 7 series.The company has confirmed to host India region-specific unveiling event on May 14, 8:15 pm in Bengaluru, a first since OnePlus made its debut in the subcontinent. Previously, it used to organise the programme in Mumbai. OnePlus fans can buy entry vouchers for the launch event at oneplus.in starting 10:00 am on April 25. OnePlus 7 global launch is being hosted in three international cities–Bengaluru, London and New York City.OnePlus India Press KitOther international venues where OnePlus 7 series is scheduled to be showcased are New York City and London in respective local times.OnePlus 7 series: All you need to knowAs per reliable reports, OnePlus 6T (review) successor is expected to be released in two variants— a generic OnePlus 7 and a top-end OnePlus 7 Pro.The standard model is said to sport a full view full HD+ display with no notch on top. Inside, it is confirmed to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor.The new phone will be backed by Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9 with 8GB/10GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage. OnePlus 6T McLaren EditionIBTimes India/Sami KhanAs far as the photography hardware is concerned, OnePlus 7 is said to boast triple camera – 48MP + 20MP + 5MP and a 16MP pop-up front snapper.Considering the fact that the OnePlus 6T has 3,700mAh battery, it will be imperative for the company to incorporate 4,000mAh at least in the OnePlus 7 so that it can match the Galaxy S10 series. It is also expected to superfast VOOC charging capability that can power up from zero to 100-percent within 80 minutes if not less.On the other hand, OnePlus 7 Pro is concerned, it is all likely hood flaunt same design language, but differ in certain aspects such as display resolution, 12GB RAM and boast 5G network support. This will directly compete with Galaxy S10 5G, which recently went on sale in South Korea and is on its way to the US market.It is said to flaunt Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen with 90hz display refresh rate, support USB 3.1 -30W WARP Charging speed, a 4000mAH cell, dual speakers and triple camera ( main, wide angle and telephoto) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor.With 5G support, OnePlus 7 Pro owners will be able to enjoy internet speed up to 5Gbps to 10 Gbps that means 4K resolution multimedia contents with sizes 8GB or more can be downloaded in just seconds. Close OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple Review: Fashionable and classycenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

AL factional clash leaves 2 dead in Kushtia

first_imgMap of KushtiaTwo people were killed and 10 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League at Bakhoil village in Sadar upazila of Kushtia on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased are Billal and Enamul, 35, both are AL activists. Ratan Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Kushtia Islamic University police station, said supporters of Jhaudia union parishad chairman Keramat Ullah locked into a clash with the supporters of ex-UP chairman Bokhtiar Rahman around 2:00pm over establishing supremacy, leaving two people dead and 10 others injured on the spot. On information, police rushed to the spot and fired several rounds of tear shell for bringing the situation under control, added the OC.last_img

UN calls for criminalising enforced disappearance in Bangladesh

first_imgBangladesh team led by law minister Anisul Huq in the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday. Photo: TwitterThe United Nations Human Rights Council asked Bangladesh to investigate all cases of arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances and excessive use of force, and prosecute and punish perpetrators.The inter-governmental UN body also called for establishing the truth about the fate and whereabouts of victims of the disappearances.Such recommendations were made at the ‘Universal Periodic Review’ (UPR) organised by the council in Geneva on Monday.Referring to violence and excessive use of force by state actors during the previous general elections, the UN Human Rights Committee insisted that Bangladesh should ensure the safety and security of all voters during elections.The committee, comprised of independent experts, expressed concern at the high rate of extrajudicial killings and reports of enforced disappearances and the excessive use of force by the state actors, and also at the lack of investigations and accountability of perpetrators.The report, presented there, said from May 2013 until September 2017, 845 cases of extrajudicial killings, about 48 cases of torture to death and about 300 cases of enforced disappearance were documented.The national report, submitted by Dhaka, claimed that the government of Bangladesh “under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina maintains a policy of ‘zero tolerance’ with regard to criminal liabilities of the members of the LEAs [law enforcement agencies].”“The law in general neither accords immunity to the members of the LEAs from criminal prosecution nor makes any discrimination [sic] their favour,” added the report.A Bangladesh delegation led by law minister Anisul Huq, joined the 30th UPR.Dwelling on the culture of impunity to law enforcement, the UN reports, compiled by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, regretted that Bangladesh did not accept that enforced disappearances occurred.The UN recommended establishment of an independent commission to carry out transparent and accountable investigations and prosecutions, repeal the Special Powers Act and reform other relevant laws.However, the Bangladesh report blamed the Rohingya issue for certain human rights problems at home.“The realisation of Bangladesh’s human rights commitments faced setbacks in the face of sudden influx of nearly one million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals (Rohingyas) to Bangladesh,” it read.Dhaka pledged to continue to host the “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals” until they voluntarily return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity.The Bangladesh report made at least eight future pledges including further strengthening “national institutions that promote human rights, democracy, good governance and rule of law”.The Human Rights Committee and the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion expressed concerns about freedom of opinion, expression and association, as well as death threats, physical attacks, intimidation and harassment of journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders.With regard to the judiciary, the Special Rapporteur noted that its problems included a lack of accountability, severe backlogs of pending cases, lack of judges, discriminatory and patriarchal attitudes and the incorrect formulation of cases.The Bangladesh report claimed that the government “recognises independence of judiciary as the key requirement for ensuring access to justice and in that line, it has taken a number of measures to ensure the independence of subordinate judiciary”.last_img read more

BNP to form human chain seeking Khaledas release

first_imgRuhul Kabir RizviBNP will form a human chain in the city on Wednesday demanding the unconditional release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia and her proper treatment, reports UNB.The programme will be held from 11am to 12pm in front of the National Press Club.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since a special court convicted her in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February last year. BNP, however, termed the case politically motivated.”At the makeshift court inside the jail, Khaleda Zia herself yesterday (Sunday) said her physical condition is not good. Like the country’s people, we’re very concerned about her gradual falling of health,” Rizvi said.The BNP leader called upon prime minister Sheikh Hasina to shun brutal and vindictive attitude towards her arch rival and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.”Free our leader instead of creating any obstacle to granting her bail. Even, such inhuman attitude was not shown to the political prisoners in the colonial era. Don’t sacrifice civilisation, justice and humanity only to cling to power illegally. Eschew inhumanity and allow our leader to receive proper treatment through releasing her from jail,” he said.On behalf of BNP, Rizvi wished the early recovery of ailing Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader who has been undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).Quader was admitted to the BSMMU on Sunday morning following his breathing complications and physicians found three blockages in his coronary arteries.last_img read more

Britain to hold third vote in Brexit crisis

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May leaves after attending a church service, near her Maidenhead constituency, west of London on 13 January. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May will put her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal to a third parliamentary vote on Friday in a renewed bid to avoid a chaotic split from the European Union in two weeks.May’s throw of the dice comes a day after her dramatic pledge to resign in order to persuade her rivals to finally back her vision for breaking Britain’s 46-year membership of the bloc.The prime minister’s back is against the wall as she tries to keeping Britain’s economy from imploding and the pound from plunging when a post-Brexit border splits the two tight trading partners.Andrea Leadsom, the government’s representative in parliament, said Thursday that the new vote gave recalcitrant lawmakers the chance to secure Britain’s delayed departure from the EU on 22 May.”I encourage all MPs to support it and ensure that we leave the EU… giving people and businesses the certainty they need,” she told MPs.The government is hoping that holding the vote on the day when Britain was meant to leave the bloc could win over some still sceptical MPs.House of Commons speaker John Bercow gave his approval to hold the vote after he had rejected a similar attempt last week, ruling then that May’s text was essentially the same one that lawmakers had voted down.”(It) is new, substantially different and in conformity,” he said of the deal to be put to MPs on Friday’s vote, which will only cover the main withdrawal agreement in May’s plan and not an accompanying political declaration for future EU relations.Another parliamentary vote would be required before Brexit can actually go ahead.Any failure by lawmakers to pass the pact that was signed off last year by May and the 27 EU leaders could result in a feared “no-deal Brexit” scenario on April 12.Britain might then try to avoid crashing out by seeking a much longer extension that would force it to take part in European Parliament elections in May.- ‘Blindfold Brexit’ -The prime minister’s handling of Brexit has provoked anger, frustration and ridicule at home and abroad.She played what may have been her last political card on Wednesday by promising to quit once the first stage of the messy divorce process is complete.”I know there is a desire for a new approach — and new leadership — in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations and I won’t stand in the way of that,” May told a packed meeting of party members.Her promise won over some likely contenders for her job.Former foreign minister Boris Johnson said he would now back the premier “on behalf of the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit” in the deeply divisive 2016 referendum.But the opposition Labour party said May’s pledge only created more uncertainties by leaving open the question of who would lead the trade talks that will define EU-UK relations for decades to come.”It’s even more of a blindfold Brexit,” Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said.”We now know that the outcome of our future relationship with the EU is not going to be determined by her.”- Decisive DUP role -May’s position was undermined further when her allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said they would continue to oppose the deal.The tiny group props up May’s minority government and is playing a decisive role in the political saga that has consumed Britain and left its EU partners increasingly perplexed.The DUP fears provisions in May’s deal aimed at keeping a free-flowing border between Britain’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.The group worries that this would give Northern Ireland a different economic status from Britain and separate it from rest of the country.Parliament’s own attempt on Wednesday to find a new last-minute Brexit fix ended in failure.None of the eight options drawn up by various MPs secured a majority and another vote has been set for Monday on the more popular option.The one that came closest to winning provided for a much closer economic union with the EU after Brexit than what the Conservative party platform allows.A proposal to hold a second referendum — a popular idea with EU supporters — came second while those promoting a cleaner break finished near the bottom.last_img

Going green KMC to light up its buildings using solar power

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up a massive Green Energy Development initiative, under which it will light up all its buildings including borough offices, health units, community halls and schools, with solar lights.”We have made plans to light up all our buildings using solar lights, with electricity bills shooting up by leaps and bounds. Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells will be set up on the roof of these buildings. We have already installed solar lights in as many as three parks in the city and the electricity bills have witnessed a significant dip,” a senior official of KMC’s lighting department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lighting department has already forwarded a proposal in this regard to the civil department, which has started the task of examining the strength of the buildings.They will submit a report about whether the buildings of the civic body can withstand a solar PV panel weighing around 20 kg, which the lighting department plans to install on the roofs. The KMC will begin with its 16 borough offices and then will gradually proceed with its health units, community halls and schools. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Work will progress as per availability of funds,” the official added. The KMC has already undertaken work for illuminating 16 parks in the city with solar lights. The state government has already sanctioned Rs 52 crore for the project. It may be mentioned that three parks in the city – Deshapriya Park, Maddox Square Park and Hazra Park have already been lit up with solar lights. Deshbandhu Park, Santosh Mitra Square, College Square, Md Ali Park, Subhas Sarobar Park and many others are lined up in the list as well.It may be mentioned that a solar power plant installed at Deshapriya Park has reduced the electricity expenses by a huge margin. Around Rs 36,000 per month is being saved now at Deshapriya Park.last_img read more

Alltime high interest at convention

first_imgITB Berlin organisers Messe Berlin has praised the enthusiasm of participating nations and the public alike following the end of the three-day tourism exhibition on Sunday.Chief operating officer Christian Göke reported the ITB Berlin convention amassed a record 14,000 public participants – an increase of 15 per cent from 2010 figures.Dr Göke also reported 11,163 companies from 188 countries took part in this year’s exhibition, slightly up from last year.He said the chief focus for this year’s event was upgrading the Silk Road trade routes between Europe, Asia and Africa.“The UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) Silk Road Ministers’ Summit played a decisive part in efforts to promote the long term tourism development of the Silk Road region,” he said.“This year’s ITB Berlin also hosted the first “Ministers’ Summit on Climate Change in Asia-Pacific”. Dr Göke said the fair could still boast the largest and most diverse range of international exhibitors across the globe.“These are the ideal prerequisites for business success, and we believe that exhibitors achieved a significantly larger volume of business than they did last year, with a value of [more than] €6 billion,” he said.Dr Göke reserved praise for exhibitors from Mongolia for outlining its strengths as a cultural and sustainable destination for business travellers.“As the Convention & Culture Partner of the Convention and with three additional stands at various locations around the exhibition, Mongolia was able to provide many visitors with details about all the facets of a fascinating country,” he said.Mongolian exhibition director Sengee Oyundelger said this year’s event was the largest display ever by a delegation from the country.Praise for the fair was forthcoming from Costa Rica’s Vice-President of Sustainable Tourism Ronald Sanabria, who commented ITB Berlin had allowed them to establish partnerships with German group ARGE Latin America, Ecuador’s OPTUR, and INGUAT from Guatemala.First-time exhibitor Luz Elena Coloma from Ecuador’s Quito Turismo said the fair offered a unique opportunity to network with interested buyers from across the globe.Dr Göke said news of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami was the only sour note of the event, with the Japan stand closed from midday Saturday onwards. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: V.Vlast_img read more