Pippo Inzaghi bids farewell to Bologna fans

first_imgPippo Inzaghi thanked Bologna fans after he was axed to make way for Sinisa Mihajlovic suggesting he is now an extra supporter.The Coach was dismissed after managing just two wins, eight draws and 11 Serie A defeats this season.“A very important professional experience for my career has concluded,” wrote Inzaghi on Instagram and cited on Football Italia.“It really saddens me to leave Bologna, where over the last few months my staff and I felt great affection and respect.“Now within me I feel the regret and disappointment at not being able to avoid this situation, but I really wish to thank the Bologna fans for their support throughout a difficult and hard-fought season.Mihajlovic is coaching Bologna from his hospital bed Manuel R. Medina – August 24, 2019 Manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has been undergoing chemotherapy after his leukemia diagnosis, but assistant coach Emilio De Leo is helping take care of everything.“I wish you with all my heart the best for the future. From now on, Bologna have an extra supporter.”However, the new manager is confident the team can avoid relegation despite their current predicament.“I am convinced Bologna can avoid relegation,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“It’s a difficult task, but I am confident and believe the players are too. If they aren’t, then I’ll find a way to convince them. If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t have even come here. I spoke to the squad, we’ll have to rush through some stages, so I asked them for concentration.”last_img read more

New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plan

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANDAG Director of Operations Ray Traynor joined us in studio to discuss Senate Bill 1151 and the impact it will have in San Diego.Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1151 into law, which will enable San Diego County or any city in the county to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Transportation Plan to serve the transportation needs of its residents, while supporting a sustainable and healthy region.NEVs are low speed, motorized vehicles that have four wheels and can reach speeds up to 25 mph. These vehicles can be used in neighborhoods for local trips and could help cities reach Climate Action Plan goals by giving residents zero emission transportation options. To operate NEVs, drivers must have a valid driver license, registration, and insurance.SANDAG sponsored the legislation, which was carried by Senator Pat Bates, who represents the 36th Senate District covering South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Senate Bill 1151 received support from a wide range of organizations including the Center for Sustainable Energy, the Electric Vehicle Association of San Diego, and the Sierra Club. September 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Planlast_img read more

6 Singles From Black Panther The Album Hit Billboard Hot 100

first_img Black Panther Singles Climb Billboard Hot 100 6-singles-black-panther-album-hit-billboard-hot-100 Facebook News “King’s Dead” and “Pray For Me” are joined by six newcomers from Wakanda on the latest Billboard Hot 100, led by “All The Stars”Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2018 – 1:52 pm As the movie Black Panther and Kendrick Lamar’s curated Black Panther: The Album continue to make inroads, more tracks have hit the Billboard Hot 100, while Black Panther: The Album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending Feb. 15.In the most recent tally on Feb. 24, two songs were on the Hot 100 from the previous week — “Pray For Me,” combining Lamar with The Weeknd, at No. 11, while “King’s Dead” moved from No. 69 up to No. 38, blending Lamar with James Blake, Future and Jay Rock.Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” entered the Hot 100 at position No. 9. Its official video was posted on YouTube Feb. 6 and is now up to more than 27 million views. Other tracks making their first appearance include “X” at No. 49 by 2 Chainz, Saudi and Schoolboy Q. This is Saudi’s personal debut on the Hot 100.One of the love songs featured on our recent Valentine’s Day playlist, “The Ways” by Khalid and Swae Lee enters at No. 63. SOB X RBE, who just announced they’d be touring with Post Malone, debut on the chart at No. 67 with their powerful “Paramedic!”The two other Black Panther Hot 100 newcomer tracks are the catchy “Big Shot” at No. 71, with Lamar and Travis Scott, trailed by the lyrical powerhouse “Black Panther” rap of Lamar’s at No. 91.Stay tuned to see what other cultural products of Wakanda explore the Billboard charts on their own.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Twitter 6 Singles From ‘Black Panther: The Album’ Hit Billboard Hot 100 last_img read more

SWV On RBs Resurgence New Jack Swing Nicki Minaj More

first_imgThe iconic ’90s vocal trio talk about the high they get from watching their fans sing along with them and give props to today’s hip-hop infused R&BNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 17, 2018 – 2:05 pm Reuniting in 2005, GRAMMY nominees SWV — aka Sisters With Voice — returned triumphantly to an R&B scene that owes much of its modern swagger to the influence of their early career hits in the ’90s such as “Weak,” “Right Here,” “You’re The One,” and more. Facebook SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, New Jack Swing, Nicki Minaj & More News SWV On R&B’s Resurgence, Nicki Minaj & More swv-rbs-resurgence-new-jack-swing-nicki-minaj-more Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 17, 2018 – 2:04 pm SWV Talk Today’s R&B, Nicki Minaj & More Twitter We caught up with the trio from the Bronx, N.Y., backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear how R&B’s resurgence looks from where they sit, their thoughts on the legacy of new jack swing and Teddy Riley, and how hip-hop’s impact on the music world — specifically Nicki Minaj — has affected them.  Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 9, 2018:Address: 9 Adams StreetPrice: $659,900Buyer: Michael A. Bergeron & Kathryn BergeronSeller: Michelle A. BallouDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,216sfAddress: 7902 Pouliot PlacePrice: $415,000Buyer: Maggie Tabach-LopesSeller: Richard C. Trainito & Teresa E. TrainitoDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 4,356sfAddress: 150 Salem StreetPrice: $369,000Buyer: Jeffrey Tucker & Tanya TuckerSeller: Anita Arsenault Est. & Elaine TuckerDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 23,958sfAddress: 279 Shawsheen AvenuePrice: $390,000Buyer: John L. JacksonSeller: Paul J. Howell, Jr. & Gregory J. HowellDate: 9/11/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 18,731sfAddress: 52 Washington AvenuePrice: $543,000Buyer: Kurtis A. DubeSeller: Rafik M. Bishara & Julie N. RheaultDate: 9/14/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 47,045sfLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

Chernobyl was bleak brutal and absolutely necessary

first_img Comments 4:09 12 Almost all of the Chernobyl miniseries is this bleak. But given the subject matter — the worst nuclear disaster in history until 2011’s Fukushima — the tone is absolutely necessary. When potential additional catastrophes like the thermal explosion are averted, the show’s characters greet the successes with weary resignation rather than joyous celebration. Because Chernobyl is like a disaster Pez dispenser delivering a continuous stream of terrible news. Even after the tanks are drained, coal miners are drafted to stop the meltdown from contaminating the groundwater and eventually poisoning the Black Sea.chernobyl-hbo-3Emily Watson is riveting as a nuclear physicist who aids the investigation and the responses.  HBO The series is more than enough reason to keep your HBO subscription following the end of record-breaking hit Game of Thrones. The drab Soviet interiors reinforce a sense of gloom, and the gripping, accessible script by Craig Mazin doesn’t get bogged down in nuclear jargon. I like that the first episode opens with the explosion itself rather than the events leading up to it. A deeper dive into the cause comes only in the fifth and final episode. Chernobyl tells the story of an extraordinary event, but the series is also about something ordinary: people doing their jobs. Following the explosion, some do them well, and others do them poorly. Chernobyl is also grotesque. We see how acute radiation rots the bodies of plant workers and firefighters from the inside, we watch children play near the reactor as it burns and we witness the plant’s arrogant and abusive chief engineer refuse to believe the reactor has exploded at all. Then there’s a lumbering Soviet bureaucracy struggling to respond. In a scene from the first episode almost as disturbing as the one in the basement, a bumbling group of local Communist Party officials deflect responsibility and debate what to do. Rather than evacuating the area immediately, they decide misinformation will only distract residents from “the fruits of their own labor.” (Despite alarmingly high radiation levels, the now ghost town of Pripyat wasn’t evacuated until the day after the explosion.)chernobyl-hbo-4Paul Ritter is Anatoly Dyatlov, the inept chief engineer at the time of the Chernobyl explosion and the main villain of the story. HBO Later in Moscow, as officials in Premier Mikhail Gorbachev’s inner circle brief him on the news. They say there’s nothing to worry about as the radiation released amounts to a “chest X-ray.” It takes Valery Legasov, a nuclear expert with the Science Academy of the USSR, to break through the stonewalling and explain to Gorbachev just how dire things are. Onlookers are shocked at Legasov’s gall, but Gorby sends him and Minister of Energy Boris Shcherbina to Chernobyl to evaluate the situation manage the government response. The two are an odd couple — a party loyalist and a skeptical truth-teller — but they begin to work together to control the fallout, all the while dodging KGB minders bent on stopping the spread of news that will embarrass the nation. No one says “fake news,” but the debates about what’s true and not, are uncomfortably familiar in 2019.Legasov and Shcherbina, real people who are now deceased, are brilliantly played by Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård, respectively. Harris’ best moments happen when his simmering exasperation suddenly erupts as he contradicts a government or military official with cold, hard facts. He’s there not to downplay things. He’s there to tell like it is. Meanwhile, as Skarsgård’s confidence in the Communist system slowly erodes, he speaks with a barely decipherable mumble that belies his fatigue (thankfully, all actors speak in English in their natural voices).chernobyl-hbo-2It was hard not to be a bit distracted by the birthmark on David Dencik’s Mikhail Gorbachev. HBO But the performance that stole the show was Emily Watson as Ulyana Khomyuk, a Belarusian nuclear physicist who detects the fallout 250 miles away and rushes to Chernobyl to find out what happened. Watson’s character is a composite of several scientists who investigated the disaster, but she comes across as totally convincing. She works tirelessly to contain the damage and find the cause of the explosion, in the process getting arrested by the KGB for talking too much about what happened. When she’s freed at the end of the third episode, Legasov tells her that despite the stupidity and lies surrounding them, she’ll continue her work. Because like those three workers who drained the tanks, she really has no choice.Chernobyl concluded Monday, June 3. You can catch all episodes on HBO.com and the channel’s other platforms. In the UK, you can watch it on Sky Atlantic, HBO’s production partner. Share your voice More on nuclear disasters TV and Moviescenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Inside Fukushima: Standing 60 feet from a nuclear disaster There were a ton of gut-wrenching moments in Chernobyl, the five-part miniseries on HBO and Sky Atlantic that recently concluded on Monday. But the one that left me squirming in my seat, barely able to watch, comes at the end of the second episode. A few days after the April 26, 1986 explosion at the nuclear power plant in then-Soviet Ukraine, three workers volunteer for an insanely dangerous mission to drain water held in tanks beneath the damaged reactor core. The enormous stakes if they fail are made fervently clear: Burning nuclear fuel will melt through the reactor floor, hit the water and produce a radioactive thermal explosion that will kill the population of Kiev and render Ukraine and Belarus uninhabitable for a century. Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård deliver excellent performances as a scientist and a Communist Party official coming to grips with the scale of the disaster. HBO I’m not spoiling anything here because what happened is history. Ukraine is not a radioactive wasteland today so we know the workers succeeded. But how they did it is told in horrifying, utterly compelling detail. (Reportedly, the workers did not die right away, but the real Chernobyl death toll remains a topic of heavy debate).We watch them enter a pitch black basement, stumbling through knee-deep water so radioactive the clicks on their Geiger counters merge into one continuous buzz. You feel their fear and claustrophobia and hear their labored breaths through their scuba equipment. Their flashlights dim, but they labor on. With millions of lives all over Europe at stake, it’s the only thing they can do. Tags VR brought me inside a scary-real radioactive Fukushima reactor Fukushima’s underground ice wall keeps nuclear radiation at bay For Fukushima’s nuclear disaster, robots offer a sliver of hope HBOlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra unfollows Siddharth Chopras bridetobe Ishita Kumar deletes Instagram pictures

first_imgPriyanka Chopra, Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar.InstagramIt must be a difficult time in the Chopra household right now, with speculation going on about the wedding of Siddharth Chopra that was supposed to take place in April 2019. We had told you Priyanka Chopra’s brother Siddharth Chopra’s wedding had been postponed because the bride-to-be, Ishita Kumar had to undergo an emergency surgery on the day of the wedding.Priyanka Chopra was in Mumbai to attend her brother’s wedding, but it never took place. The actress-producer cast her vote in the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and also inaugurated her mother Dr Madhu Chopra’s clinic in Mumbai, after which she left for the US. Priyanka Chopra was seen just a day ago at the Billboard Music Awards 2019, looking stunning on the red carpet.But she is hush-hush about her brother’s wedding. Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas were in Delhi on February 27, 2019 for the roka and engagement of her brother Siddharth. Even as there were reports that the bride-to-be Ishita Kumar has deleted all the pictures of Siddharth and her from her Instagram, the lady seems to have deleted her entire account from the social networking application.Mumbai Mirror reports that Ishita Kumar had posted a picture from the hospital after her surgery, saying, “Recovering from surgery. Very painful but glad it’s over.” Ishita later posted another picture of hers at a resto-bar, with the caption, Cheers to new beginnings. With a goodbye kiss to beautiful endings.” Ishita Kumar last Instagram post.InstagramApart from the positive comments on her last post, Ishita Kumar also got a lot of questions from concerned people about her wedding. Read some of the comments here, one of which she liked before going off radar. Ishita Kumar likes comment against Siddharth Chopra.Instagram Comments on Ishita Kumar’s Instagram post on her wedding to Siddharth Chopra.InstagramNow, Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is nowhere to be found and we can only show some support to the girl. Siddharth Chopra’s account on Instagram has also gone private. Update: Ishita Kumar’s Instagram is back and she has posted new pictures with her friends. Ishita Kumar’s Instagram pictures deleted.IBTIMESIn 2014, Siddharth Chopra was engaged to Kanika Mathur and they were to get married in 2015. But the wedding that was to take place in Goa was called off. At the time, Siddharth had posted on Facebook, “Single. Ready to mingle. Go Goa Gone. Wish everyone a very happy 2015.”We hope things turn out well for Siddharth Chopra and Ishita Kumar. To new beginnings!last_img read more

Markets give thumbsup to GST Sensex gains 300 points ITC top gainer

first_imgThe first trading day — July 3 — after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect (from July 1) saw investors cheering the implementation of the indirect tax regime. ITC was the top gainer, rising as high as 9.2 percent intraday to Rs 353 before closing at Rs 342, a net gain of 5.70 percent.The BSE Sensex ended 300 points, or 0.97 percent higher, at 31,221 while the NSE Nifty closed at 9,615, up 0.99 percent, led by ITC, Hindalco and Eicher Motors.”Market welcomed the new tax regime, shrugging off the initial hiccups of investors during the last couple of weeks where market witnessed consolidation. Spending is likely to increase due to the impact of lower tax and increased sales volume will continue to benefit the earnings potential in the future,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit Financial Services, said in a note.Among sectoral indices, the NSE FMCG and Auto outperformed the Nifty, ending 3.84 percent and 1.33 percent, respectively.On the BSE, Hindustan Unilever closed 1.29 percent higher at Rs 1,095 while Chambal Fertilizers and Chemicals ended 2.81 percent to end at Rs 120.75 on rate cut for fertilizers.CDSL, which listed at a significant premium last Friday to its issue price of Rs 149, closed 1 percent higher at Rs 264 on the NSE.On the BSE, Yes Bank was the top gainer among bank stocks while State Bank of India and ICICI Bank ended almost flat at Rs 274.70 and 290, respectively. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance closed at Rs 472 on the BSE.Stocks that hit new 52-week highs during the day included ITC, Ashok Leyland, VST Industries, Aditya Birla Nuva, Tata Steel and Colgate-Palmolive. Infosys ended 1.68 percent higher at Rs 951.40, Wipro closed flat at Rs 259 and TCS gained 0.38 percent to end at Rs 2,373.40 on the BSE.last_img read more

Rapper and HipHop Singer Pavan Balleys Phantom Beatz Success Journey

first_imgPavan Balley (born 1996), more commonly known by his stage name PhantomBeatz, is a producer, born and raised in Pittsburg, California. Pavan’s interest in hip hop and rap started in his early days, at around 11 or 12 years old, when his older brother first began dabbling in rap and hip-hop.Over the years, his skills improved and he found the confidence to finally to start releasing his music out into the public. Pavan also used to perform playing the dhol at several parties at a young age which helped develop his ear and desired sound for music.His career began to gain traction when he first got in touch with an artist who goes by Joe Blow. They began self-producing rap/hip-hop music together in 2013. The first song they produced, Touch of Soul, was an underground hit in the Bay Area region, and even in other countries throughout Europe.Pavan released his first album, titles Phantasies, on August 16th, 2016. The album was released on iTunes and other major digital music outlets. Towards 2019 Pavan also began to take interest in Punjabi music and also worked with a few local artists to branch out his musical ear.Pavan’s achievements were scattered all around the music scene. He produced and received credit for producing for Mozzys 1 up top ahk album which was ranked in the top 20 albums on iTunes in 2017. The song “unfortunately” which he produced has streamed over 4 million views just on YouTube alone and has continued to grow on charts all over streaming platforms.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Children demand missing fathers to be traced before Eid

first_imgRelatives of disappeared persons at the National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Saiful IslamChildren have made an urgent demand to get back their fathers, victims of enforced disappearance, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.Please return my father. I want to celebrate Eid with my father, cried out Riddi, daughter of Pervez Hossain who disappeared three years ago.Riddi made the demand at a discussion on the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances at the National Press Club on Tuesday. The day will be observed on 30 August. Family members of 29 enforced disappeared persons organised the discussion to press home their demand for tracing their relatives. Convener of Nagorik Okya Mahmudur Rahman Manna presided over the discussion.The families also demanded an independent commission to trace disappeared persons and to punish the perpetrators.They also threatened to launch a greater movement from December if quick action was not taken.Hazera Khatun, mother of disappeared Sajedul Islam, said, Return my son.AKM Shamim Akhtar disappeared in 2011. His wife Jharna Khanum alleged the state had not done its duties. I could not get back my husband.Director of Odhikar ASM Nasiruddin said there are no such word as enforced disappearance. The law enforcing agencies are abducting members of political parties, he alledged.Does the government oppose it? he asked.Professor at Dhaka University Asif Nazrul said it is to be taken for granted that the cries of victims families will not reach the prime minister untill disappeared persons return.Member of Nari Pakkha Shirin Haque said, I along with others have been helpless. We have nowhere to go.Former director of Ain o Salish Kendra Noor Khan Liton asked, Are they visually impaired or dumb? Cant they see anything?last_img read more

Tk 125b lost in JS quorum crisis TIB

first_img.Quorum crisis ate up 152 hours and 17 minutes during its 18 sessions of the 10th parliament, causing a waste of about Tk 1.25 billion, according to a new study conducted by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), reports UNB.TIB revealed the study, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of 14th to 18th session of the 10th national parliament at a press conference at TIB’s office on Thursday.The study report estimated that about Tk 1.63 lakh is needed to conduct a parliament session for one minute while 30 minutes were wasted on an average of each working day of the total 18 sessions due to quorum crisis.According to the study, from the 14th to 18th session, average meeting time and members’ participation in each working day increased than that of 8th and 9th parliament, the quorum crisis remained almost the same.On the other hand, percentage of time spent for legislation decreased than that of previous time, which is now 9 per cent of the total time spent from 14th to 18th session, said the report.A total of 260 hours and 8 minutes were spent from the 14th to 18th session of the 10th parliament where the most part of it has been spent for discussing about budget.Meanwhile only 35 minutes were spent for passing each bill whereas in Indian parliament the average time of it is 2 hour 23 minutes, according to the report.According to the collected information during the study, it was observed that, the practice of not presenting international agreements through the president and practice of unconstitutional behaviour and language in the parliament by both the government and opposition parties’ members violating rules of procedure 270 (6) were still visible.According to the report, though the leader of main opposition party was found doing constructive criticism of various activities of the government in political forums of public meetings, her role in performing the same role in the parliament were not visible. Among 327 working days of the 18 sessions, she was present in 79 working days, which is 24 per cent of the total.While presenting the report, TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said, parliament failed to perform expected role in ensuring good governance, democratic system through establishing accountability and resisting corruption. Both the government and opposition parties are responsible for the failure.”Those who are presented or those who claims themselves as opposition party in the parliament are facing identity crisis, which they themselves confessed at the last year of the current government’s period”, he added.Mentioning parliament as the main organization of democratic system, Sultana Kamal said, most of the time in parliament is being wasted in the acts of praising, condemnation, and confrontation.TIB advisor Sumaiya Khayer and director of research and policy department Md Rafikul Hasan were also present in the programme.In the conference, TIB also came up with 14-point recommendation to make the parliament effective.last_img read more

Keep watch on pollstime govt Oikya Front tells editors

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leaders while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday. Photo: UNBMain opposition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has urged the media to keep an eye on the polls-time government for holding a free and fair election. The leaders of Oikya Front made the call while exchanging views with the editors of print media in a city hotel on Friday.“The Front will keep trying so that the election truly becomes free and fair. We’ve identified many steps of the government (over holding the election). The Front expects the newspapers will keep a close watch on them,” said Front leader Kamal Hossain told newsmen after the meeting.“The editors think that we all have to work together to ensure that the people would be able to cast their votes without any fear,” he added.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that they sought cooperation from the editors of national newspapers in ensuring a free and fair election. Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, Manabzamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today editor Moslemuddin Ahmed, bdnews24 editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafar Sobhan, Holiday editor Kamaluddin Ahmed, weekly Saptahik editor Golam Mortaza, among others, were also present.Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, BNP senior leaders Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president Abdur Rab, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, attended the programme.last_img read more

US observers urge steps for free poll in Zimbabwe

first_imgParty delegates listen to Zimbabwe main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Nelson Chamisa giving his remarks during the launch of his party`s manifesto ahead of the July 30th general election on 7 June 2018 in Harare. Photo: AFPUS pro-democracy groups have urged Zimbabwean authorities to take steps to ensure a free and fair election in July and break from a history of flawed elections under long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.”Changing Zimbabwe’s electoral trajectory will require pro-active and concerted efforts to instil public confidence,” the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute said in a statement late Friday after a week of pre-election observation.Zimbabwe holds a general election on July 30, the first without Mugabe who was forced out of office after a brief military takeover last year.David Dreier, a former United States Congressman and member of the IRI-NDI monitors, told reporters in Harare that while the observers have “found several notable improvements in the political environment and electoral preparations as compared to prior elections, a number of significant opportunities to break with the past have been missed.””As a result, we still have concerns about the fairness of the process.”The group said while Zimbabweans welcome President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s public commitments to hold credible elections there were concerns whether the military will accept the outcome of the presidential polls.They called on senior military officers to make “public and unambiguous statements” that the army will loyally serve whoever wins the elections.The statement came days after the main opposition staged street protests to pressure the authorities to adopt a slew of reforms to ensure a fair poll.The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party wants to observe the printing of ballot papers, that Zimbabweans based abroad be allowed to vote and the removal of military personnel seconded to the electoral commission.Mnangagwa will square off with former student activist Nelson Chamisa leading a coalition of opposition parties under the MDC-Alliance.A new pre-poll survey by Afrobarometer published this week showed the ruling Zanu-PF would attract 42 per cent of the vote compared to 31 per cent for the MDC, meaning the election could go to a run-off.last_img

Water transportation resumes

first_imgTransportation on the waterways is likely to resume from Sunday morning after a two-day suspension.Transportation on the country’s waterways resumed on Sunday after a three-day disruption caused by very severe cyclonic storm Fani, reports UNB.Shafiqul Alam, director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said the services resumed around 7:00am after the Chandpur-bound launch ‘MV Bogdadia’ left from Sadarghat.On 2 May, BIWTA suspended operations of all types of water vessels across the country due to inclement weather.The Chattogram port resumed operations on Saturday afternoon after a 30-hour disruption caused by Fani.last_img read more

The Long Expensive Road To Montgomery Countys Commissioners Court Scandal

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:35 Share X Listen ScreengrabMontgomery County Road Bond Project MapMontgomery County wasn’t designed to handle today’s traffic. The rapid growth of the county is putting thousands more cars and trucks on the rural and suburban roads every year. And the congestion is only expected to get worse.So last August, Montgomery County Commissioners Court met to take citizens’ comments on a $280 million road bond. Ken Vaughn, a speaker from County Precinct 2, agreed with the need for the building program but not with how the commissioners proposed to pay for it.“We need to stop acting like Congress and burdening our children with our debt,” Vaughn said. “Our operations and maintenance should come out of our yearly budget. Whatever we need to do to do that, we need to pay that out of our yearly budget. We should never, ever again take up bonds to pay for maintenance.”County voters had defeated a road bond for $350 million the previous May. So when the court voted to put the smaller bond on the November ballot, and voters approved it, County Judge Craig Doyal breathed a sigh of relief. Houston Public Media spoke with Doyal this past February.“There’s just congestion out there because of growth that we were not able to address without those dollars. And this will give us an opportunity to start,” Doyal said.Courtesy of the Montgomery County website.County Judge Craig DoyalThe problem was that prior to that August session, Judge Doyal had held other meetings to discuss the road bond. These meetings, held in secret, included Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark, and Marc Davenport, a political consultant and husband of County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport. That’s according to their indictments by a grand jury. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct has suspended Doyal from office.“The Texas Open Meetings Act is a fairly obscure law, but it serves a fairly common principle,” says Christopher Downey, the Houston attorney who has been named special prosecutor in the case, “and that is that it is designed in its core to prevent the participation of government officials in any backroom dealing or any secret side deals.”Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright says Commissioners Riley and Clark can continue to do their jobs, despite their indictments. Judge Doyal cannot. That leaves four members on the court, and the potential for tie votes, with serious business coming up.“The most immediate thing, this is a very clear cut one, county starts their budget hearings next month,” Lambright says.Violations of the Open Meetings Act are considered misdemeanors. If they’re found guilty, Doyal, Riley, and Clark could lose their jobs, though County Attorney Lambright says that convictions would only be the first step in the process. “Then you’ve got to get a finding eventually that that conviction constitutes an act of official misconduct,” he says.Judge Doyal will have the opportunity to challenge his suspension in late July. Whether the commission upholds the suspension or not, it will take several months more for the criminal cases against Doyal and the other three defendants to play out.Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston, says the cases could have long-term consequences for Montgomery County, thanks to the massive road bond that started it all.“This is a lot of money, and the county is going to be on the hook for paying this back,” Rottinghaus says, “and if the perception is that the government can’t handle it, then the voters may lose faith in the individuals involved, and it may be that in the future they decide to simply not vote in favor of those bonds.”Judge Doyal had been hoping to go back to voters for additional bonds, in order to meet mobility needs estimated at around $6 billion. Raising any of that extra money may have just gotten a lot harder.last_img read more

Houstons Only Hang Gliding School In Danger Of Shutting Down

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen You may have never thought of hang gliding as being a thing here in Houston. We’re not exactly known for our hilly landscape.But as it turns out, you don’t need mountains to glide through the air — a tow plane will do.Cowboy Up Hang Gliding has been operating in Wharton, about 1.5 hours southwest of downtown Houston, since 2013.“The airplane is towing the hang glider up to altitude, so to 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 feet – however high you would like to go,” said founder and owner Tiki Mashy. “And then once you get to that altitude, the hang glider releases itself from tow and then you fly around the area, and then you come back and you land where you started from.”Business was good, she said, until Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast in August 2017.“It impacted our business in that people didn’t have the disposable income to come and do a recreational sport,” she said. “And when that stream dried up, our bills coming in didn’t dry up.”She relied on savings to get her business through the challenging time.But now that the business is barely back in the black, Mashy is having to deal with a new issue: Her partner will be leaving Cowboy Up in April, which is a big blow to the business.“This business counts on two of us, two pilots working in tandem to service one customer,” she said. “So when one pilot leaves it’s impossible for that business model to work anymore.”Finding a new partner is proving very difficult, because that person needs to have experience teaching hang gliding, be able to fly the plane and know how to work on the engine and equipment.“Looking for that person in my industry is extremely difficult and I want to find the right person,” Mashy said.Until she can find that person, Mashy wants to buy a self-powered hang glider so that she wouldn’t have to rely on a tow plane anymore.In order to do that, she has started a Go Fund Me campaign, and as of Thursday night had already raised nearly $18,000 of her $49,000 goal.And once she finds another partner?“When that happens, the business will have expanded and I will be able to do both, I’ll be able to use both resources,” Mashy said. “But until then I have to be a one-person operation.”Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Tiki Mashy.center_img 00:00 /03:44 Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaTiki Mashy operates Cowboy Up Hang Gliding in Wharton County. She has done hang gliding since 1980 and holds several world records in the sport. Sharelast_img read more

Arlington Arts Center Networking In The City

first_imgCandice Nicole Public Relations is sponsoring a “Networking In The City” event on Feb. 27 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p. m. at the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Boulevard. Networking in the City is for local entrepreneurs, freelancers and like-minded members in D.C. metropolitan area. Tickets cost $5, which includes a gift bag. For more information, visit charmthemevents.com or networkinginthecity.eventbrite.com.last_img

Scientists discover new kind of bluegreen algae with carbonates in their cells

first_img(Phys.org) — Researchers studying organisms in Mexico’s Lake Alchichica have discovered a new species of cyanobacterium that unlike any other ever found, has bony, intracellular carbonates. Up till now, specimens with such mineral deposits in their systems have, as the team explains in their paper published in the journal Science, had them on the outsides of their cells. More information: Science 27 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6080 pp. 459-462 DOI: 10.1126/science.1216171 Cyanobacterium, known more widely as blue-green algae, are a major part of planet Earth’s many varied geochemical cycles. They take in carbon dioxide and give back oxygen and are believed to have been one of the driving forces that led to the evolution of other types of organisms that survive by breathing the oxygen they provide. Up till now, many types of cyanobacterium have been identified, both in the present and in the historical record, that have carbonate material on the outer edges of their cells that researchers believe is the result of ocean chemistry changes that caused the microbes to precipitate minerals out of their cells leading to calcified crystals.This new species however, appears to be working in a wholly different way. Instead of the carbonate material building up as the cyanobacterium purge minerals from their cells, they appear to be using the bony material as a means of allowing them to anchor themselves to rocks on the bottom of the lake.Because the mineral material – made up of calcium, magnesium, barium, carbonate and strontium (similar to that found in coral) found inside the tiny organisms is not the same percentagewise as minerals in its local environment, the researchers believe the newfound species, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora, is somehow able to manipulate the minerals inside its cells to produce the optimal bonelike material that allows the cyanobacterium to sit on rocks and other structures at the bottom of the lake, thus, providing them with a unique niche in which to survive.Also, because it is not yet known whether the bony material inside the cells of the new species of cyanobacterium disperses when they die, researchers are considering the possibility that their new find may have played a role in early Earth history that until now, has never been identified. If the carbonates dissolve upon death, Candidatus Gloeomargarita lithophora would not have left any evidence of its existence behind.The next step in the research will be of course to find out if the mineral structures inside their cells do disperse when they die, and then to discern if they may help fill in some of the many gaps that still exist in the ancient history of our planet. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Science Citation: Scientists discover new kind of blue-green algae with carbonates in their cells (2012, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-scientists-kind-blue-green-algae-carbonates.html Mars’ missing carbon dioxide may be buriedlast_img read more

How to overcome compassion fatigue

first_imgHurricane Harvey flooded Houston in August 2017, forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes and stranding others on roofs and porches. Millions watched the disaster unfold on their television screens, but one group sprang into action. The “Cajun Navy” — boat owners from Louisiana, many of whom had endured the ravages of Hurricane Katrina — hitched all manner of watercraft (bass boats, air boats) to their vehicles, drove to Texas and set about rescuing thousands of residents. The informal group, which coordinates using social media, has also traveled to North Carolina and Florida to help flood victims. Why do some people feel compassion, and act, when they hear about mass human suffering, while others put the distress out of their minds and go back to their daily business? The question has long drawn the attention of psychologists and philosophers, not to mention activists looking for ways to get people off their sofas (or to open their wallets) when tragedy strikes — or when governments commit unethical acts. …center_img But as a method for increasing compassion, empathy-through-adversity is a highly unsatisfying solution, since it means that the way to warm people’s hearts is to make them suffer first. Fortunately, shared pain, by itself, isn’t what makes the difference, according to new research from my lab led by Daniel Lim. More specifically, people who have undergone adversity have a greater sense of efficacy when it comes to helping others. Through their own harsh experiences, they’ve come to believe that even small acts of kindness have an impact on those in need. “The best way you can thank somebody for helping you is to go help somebody else,” an engineer and Cajun Navy member named Ben Theriot told the New York Times during Harvey. Read the whole story: The Washington Postlast_img read more