BC protesters look to get creative with demonstrations

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver the years people fighting for a cause have found ways of getting their voice heard.However, in British Columbia a group calling themselves Nations United Against Pipelines are taking their right to protest to new levels.They say by changing their tactics their message will be loud and clear.APTN’s Tina House has the story.last_img

Security Council urges global cooperation to bring terrorist actors to justice

Reiterating its strong condemnation of recent terrorist incidents, from the deadly attacks which rocked London’s transport system to assassination of Egypt’s ambassador-designate in Iraq, the United Nations Security Council today urged all States to work together to bring to justice, extradite or prosecute, the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of acts of terrorism.“The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism…constitutes one of the most serious threats to global peace and security and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” said Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, which holds the Council’s Presidency for the month of July, following an open briefing by the Chairmen of its three anti-terrorism committees.Reading out a statement at the close of the meeting, Ambassador Vassilakis said recent incidents highlighted the urgency and necessity of redoubling efforts to combat the scourge and reiterated the 15-nation body’s condemnation of the Al-Qaida network and other terrorist groups for ongoing and multiple criminal terrorist acts, aimed at causing death, destruction of property and undermining stability.The Council also expressed its “grave concern” at the risks posed by non-State actors who attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery.Ambassador Vassilakis also stressed the three different mandates of the Committees – dealing with, respectively, sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban, counter-terrorism and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) – and reaffirmed the Council’s call for enhanced cooperation between the bodies and their respective experts in monitoring implementation of relevant Council resolutions.Ambassador César Mayoral of Argentina, Chairman of the Al-Qaida/Taliban sanctions committee said that, sadly, it seemed that whenever he briefed the Council, he had to start by mourning the losses caused by new heinous acts of terrorism. The attacks on London on 7 July had brought new evidence of the threat to peace and security caused by terrorist acts. He added that the world was faced with a threat from Al-Qaida that was radically different from the threat posed when the sanctions regime had first been imposed.It was believed that Al-Qaida terrorism now comprised three distinct but interlinked groups, namely, the old leadership whose names were well known, the fighters who had attended the camps in Afghanistan and had graduated as experienced terrorists, and a new and growing generation of supporters who might never have left their countries of residence but had embraced the core elements of the Al-Qaida message.The Committee was increasing its focus on the third group, and he encouraged the Council to make clear to Member States that the term “associate with” must cover such groups also to ensure that the sanctions regime adapted to new threats. The Council was currently considering a new resolution to further enhance the sanctions measures, providing the Council with an opportunity to strengthen a number of elements.Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), said the fact that the Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) was not fully staffed had continued to have an impact on the Committee’s capacity to deliver an ambitious work programme. She expected the Directorate to be at full capacity before the end of the upcoming 90-day period.She said the CTC, through CTED, had conducted three visits to States, with their consent – Kenya, Albania and Thailand. The visits had provided the Committee with a more thorough understanding of the situation in those countries, as well as further insight into what difficulties States might face while seeking to ensure full implementation. Proper follow-up to those visits was important, and the CTC was committed to ensuring that technical assistance needs identified during the visits were met.Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc of Romania, Chairman of the Committee dealing with weapons of mass destruction, said the panel had already examined more than 50 national reports and was confident that the goal of completing the examination of first-round country reports could be attained by October 2005.As of today, 118 States had submitted reports to the Committee. The majority of Member States had presented information about their domestic non-proliferation provisions, including their contributions to international cooperation in the field. However, 74 Member States had yet to report, and he called on those who had not yet done so to submit reports without delay. read more

LeBron Is Learning That Turning Cavs Into Winners Harder

LeBron James’ return to Cleveland has been a flop. . . so far. The Cavaliers, consensus choice by NBA pundits to make it to the NBA Finals, are 5-6. The Miami Heat, the team James abandoned to return home, have a better record.So does Milwaukee. And Atlanta. And . . . getting the picture?It’s a portrait hardly anyone expected when James signed as a free agent to join the immensely talented Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love was acquired from Minnesota.What was not taken into account is this: Irving and Love were good players on bad teams. There is a process to transform into a winner, and neither Love nor Irving—or the remainder of the Cleveland roster—are grasping it well.And neither is first-year coach David Blatt, who has to adjust to the NBA game and working with a dominant figure like James.More than that, Friday night was so exasperating that James was uncharacteristically lackluster in his effort in a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards. He did not hustle back on defense more than once, and that kind of display came from the player brought in to teach the players how to win.James called his lack of effort “never a good example.” His teammates followed his lead, and the Wizards had fun at their expense in a 91-78 victory.“It’s something we’ve got to work on,” James said of his and his team’s effort and body language. “We understand that. It starts with me, for sure. It’s something I’ll always work on, too,” James said. “It trickles down to everyone else.”The lack of effort by James was disappointing, but also telling. The game’s top player is frustrated. When he arrived in Miami for his first season, Dwyane Wade had won a championship and knew how to win. He actually showed James what it took, and Chris Bosh had the acumen and common sense to embrace the role as the third component.The Heat made the NBA Finals James’ first year in Miami and won it the second. By April, the Cavaliers might have reversed themselves and this point will be long-forgotten in an interminable season.To get there, though, is going to take more work than James thought. Love seems lost, uncertain of where to get his offense—in the post or on the perimeter. Irving is used to dominating the ball and wants to display his enormous gifts.James is the key. He is impeding progress more than he is facilitating it. He and Irving have to come to an understanding about how the offense is run, who’s running it and how it should be run. James also has to find ways to get Love some love on the offensive end. Right now, he’s flounder.Above all, the Cavaliers have to make an effort on defense. James cannot jog as players sprint. He has to lead by example, with hustle and heart. If James struggles, surely Cleveland will, too.The bet is that James will inspire his team and the Cavs will emerge as a threat in the Eastern Conference. But it will take more time and effort than James—or anyone—expects. read more

Plumber robbed in Campbell Avenue by bicycle bandits

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Deaf Mission Director trailed from bank to office, robbedMarch 1, 2018In “Crime”Bus driver trailed from bank, robbed of over $5MDecember 20, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” A Plumber who was making his way home in the wee hours of Friday morning was accosted and robbed of his plumbing tools and other items by two men, one armed with a gun.According to reports received, Kenyata Sampson, 30, of Lot 43 Williams Street Kitty was robbed at around 00:30hrs.Inews understands that Sampson was walking along Campbell Avenue, Kitty when he was confronted by two males who rode up from the opposite direction on a bicycle.The armed bandit reportedly pulled out a gun from his waist and pointed it at the Plumber requesting that he hand over his valuables.Sampson reportedly handed over his haversack after which the men made good their escape. The haversack contained plumbing tools valued $11,000 along with $35,000 and a quantity of documents.The matter was reported to the Police.This publication was informed by law enforcement officials that CCTV footage in the area is being reviewed as investigations continue. read more

Urgent action is needed Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains

first_img Part of the judge’s letter to Zappone Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsTHE NEWS THAT a significant number of human remains were discovered at the site of a former mother and baby home in Co Galway shocked people in Ireland and beyond when it emerged last month.On 3 March, the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes said the remains were discovered in a structure that appeared to be “related to the treatment/containment of sewerage and/or wastewater” at the former site of a Bon Secours property in Tuam.At the time, Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone said the “sad and disturbing news” confirmed rumours about the possibility of a mass grave at the site. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone Source: orla“Today is about remembering and respecting the dignity of the children who lived their short lives in this Home. We will honour their memory and make sure that we take the right actions now to treat their remains appropriately,” she added.TheJournal.ie has, under the Freedom of Information Act, obtained the correspondence between the commission and Zappone in the days before the news was made public.‘The decisions need to be made urgently’On 1 March, two days before the official announcement, commission chair Judge Yvonne Murphy wrote to the minister about the shocking discovery.“The Commission members are shocked by what has been discovered and recognise that there are many family members and local residents who will also be very shocked.The site has now been made secure but has not been restored to its previous condition as the Commission considers that decisions need to be made by the relevant State authorities about the future of the site. The decisions need to be made urgently.“The Commission is not in a position to submit an interim report to you on the issues involved as it would be required to consult with a range of parties and the urgent decisions required cannot await the completion of this process.” 38 Comments Apr 10th 2017, 6:10 AM ‘Urgent action is needed’: Letters reveal shock at discovery of human remains at mother and baby home The Commission into Mother and Baby Homes wrote to Minister Katherine Zappone before the ‘very shocking’ news broke. A section of Judge Murphy’s letter Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsThe letter notes that the remains “involved a number of individuals with age-at-death ranges from approximately 35 foetal weeks to 2-3 years”.The letter continues: “As already stated, the Commission is shocked by this discovery and is continuing its investigation into who was responsible for the disposal of human remains in this way. Meanwhile, the Commission is asking that the relevant state authorities take responsibility for the appropriate treatment of the remains. The Coroner has been informed.The Commission is acutely aware of the concerns of the family members and local residents and considers that they ought to be informed of these developments without delay.Catherine Corless The mother and baby home at the site operated from 1925 to 1961.In October 2015, the commission conducted a geophysical survey of the site which identified a particular area of interest “worthy of further investigation”.A test excavation of this area was carried out in November and December 2016, and in January and February 2017. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe excavations at the site were as a result of long-running research carried out by local amateur historian Catherine Corless, who obtained death certificates for each child who died there. Zappone’s response Source: Department of Children and Youth AffairsIn her response to Judge Murphy, Zappone thanked the commission for its work.The minister wrote: “I think that the Commission has done useful work in confirming what were previously unsubstantiated claims about human remains and, importantly, in tracing them by way of carbon dating to the period during which the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam was in operation.I understand that your work in this area will continue, including the question of whether the burials in Tuam were in accordance with the laws and practices of the time, as issue on which I note that you have made no finding to date.“I also understand that you will continue your wider work including the investigation of post-mortem practices and procedures, burial arrangements and related matters under your terms of reference.”Read: She was right: How Catherine Corless uncovered what happened in TuamRead: Catherine Corless says more human remains are likely to be buried under Tuam playgroundColumn: ‘After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home’ http://jrnl.ie/3326484 Short URLcenter_img 21,289 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan Share42 Tweet Email18 Monday 10 Apr 2017, 6:10 AMlast_img read more

38 people have died so far this flu season as hospitalisations rise

first_img THE NUMBER OF hospitalisations in Ireland related to flu has risen in the past week, with the HSE confirming in excess of 2,000 people presenting to hospital so far this season.The highest hospitalisation rates have been seen in those aged under 5, with a further 13 outbreaks of flu in the last seven days bringing the total number this season to 40.The HSE also confirmed that 38 flu-related deaths had been reported this season, with the majority of these aged 65 and older.In all, 112 confirmed flu cases have been admitted to critical care units, with the majority due to the influenza A strain. This strain (H1N1) remains the dominant virus in circulation, and influenza is expected to circulate in the community for at least the next three weeks. It still isn’t too late to get the vaccine, and those who are at high risk are still being urged to do so. People who are considered at risk if they are 65 and over, are pregnant, have a long-term health condition, work in healthcare, are a carer, live in a nursing home or are in regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.Dr Kevin Kelleher, assistant national director in the Health Protection unit, said: “Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms. Anyone in one of the high-risk groups should contact their GP if they develop influenza symptoms. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 7:30 PM 19 Comments By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.  Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at the HSE website, www.undertheweather.ie. Share24 Tweet Email center_img 12,278 Views 38 people have died so far this flu season as hospitalisations rise There are 112 confirmed cases where people were admitted to critical care units over the flu. https://jrnl.ie/4506599 Image: Shutterstock/Tero Vesalainen Feb 21st 2019, 7:31 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Police makeover set to toughen image

first_imgVictoria Police have gotten a tougher new look following a recent uniform overhaul.Gone are the approachable, powder-blue shirts to be replaced by darker, more structured shirts for both the men and women in the force. Fashion designer Alex Perry has commented on the fashion overhaul, claiming the new uniform is more “aligned with more cosmopolitan and progressive societies such as New York and London”, both of which are incidentally two of the world’s fashion capitals. However, among recent unrest in Victoria Police leadership, Perry made a good point by asking, “Is this what we need?” The change in colour has not been done purely from a fashion perspective. Psychologists said the darker colour would give the officers a stronger, tougher image. In a bid to retain a consistent image, the trademark blue and white checkered hat band, an international police symbol, will remain. The new outfits is the first overhaul since 1979. Trials and roll-out of the new look will commence next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Neural Network Ruins Disney Songs Forever

first_imgStay on target MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too In humans, short-term memory allows unrehearsed recall for a period of several seconds to a minute. In neural networks, it introduces hilarious effects.In her latest AI experiment, research scientist Janelle Shane adjusted the length of her computer’s memory, making it “really, really short.”Therefore, when the network looks back over generated content, it sees only a couple of words at a time, instead of full phrases.“Here’s how this plays out when I train a neural network to write lyrics to Disney songs,” Shane teased in a blog post.Starting with a list of 224 tunes (about 8,200 lines), the system displayed a “modest” memory length of 50 letters, which looks a little something like this:“ow you the worldShining, shimmering, splendidTel”Children of the ’90s will instantly recognize those choppy sentences as the opening lyrics of “A Whole New World,” the beautiful ballad sung on high (from a magic carpet) in Aladdin.And just like you’re now singing along with Jasmine and her prince, the neural network can memorize whole lines of songs. Though, with a degree of randomness built into the system, it doesn’t always land on the right chord.“A whole new world (A whole new world)A new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where we will live”I personally like the rebellious twist on Tim Rice’s lyrics.The song continues, launching into a repetitive chorus of “let it snow” (the original tune written in 1945, and recorded for Disney’s Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites album), before eventually settling into a Pocahontas theme:“With the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the windCan you paint with all the colors of the wi”Repeating lines in the original dataset (as Pocahontas does as she and John Smith frolic through the forest) creates a broken-record effect: the neural network simply learns that one line is followed by the same line.“What it doesn’t know, however, is how many ‘colors of the wind’ lines it’s already seen at a given point,” Shane explained.With limited hindsight, the network doesn’t know whether to move on to the next line, or keep singing the same one.“Usually, like Dory, it just keeps singing,” she said.With each trim of characters—from 50 to 20 to 10 to five—the network’s functionality begins to dwindle.Sign up online to relive your childhood and get more bastardized versions of Disney songs from Shane’s neural network. And, help an AI out by entering the first line of a novel to help beef up the NaNoWriMo dataset attempted earlier this month.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Gambia Government Signs 925Million OIC Funding Agreement

first_imgThe Minister of Finance Mambureh Njie and the Vice Chairperson of the Saudi Fund for Development, Dr. Khalid S. Alkhudairy, signed a $92.5million funding agreement for the OIC, at a ceremony presided over by President Adama Barrow on 20th June 2019. The sum of 92.5 million dollars is availed to the Government of the Gambia by the Saudi Government and the Saudi Fund for Development, to embark on the following priority infrastructure projects:                      a) construction of a 50 KM road network within the OIC concentrated area;                      b) enhancement of the transmission and distribution network for the electricity grid;                      c) enhancement of water production, treatment, and distribution; and                     d) the construction of a new VIP Lounge at the Banjul International Airport.According to a press statement from the Statehouse, the funding is meant for several priority infrastructure and energy projects that will facilitate the Gambia’s hosting of the OIC Summit in 2022; that among these projects is the construction of a 50 kilometre road network within the OIC concentrated areas; enhancement of the transmission and distribution network for the electricity grid; enhancement of water production, treatment and distribution; and the Construction of a new VVIP Lounge at the Banjul International Airport.Vice President Dr. Isatou Touray who is also the Chairperson of the OIC Gambia Board, expressed profound thanks and appreciation for the generous support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the King Salman Bin Faisal.“Today’s signing ceremony is a milestone in the Gambia’s development strides to usher in a better public infrastructure portfolio, as we prepare to host the largest gathering of the Muslim Ummah, the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC),” she said. Dr. Khalid S. Alkhudairy, the Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, explained that the fund is in four fold: two soft loans and two grants. He said the aim of the fund is to improve the living conditions of the beneficiary population of the Gambia.Mamboury Njie, Gambia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs said within the thirty two years of the country’s membership of the Saudi Fund for Development, the bank has invested nearly $200 million in the areas of health, education, and infrastructure in the Gambia, amongst others. “Our membership has paid dividend today as the Fund impacts on the lowest of our population over the years. Social investment, Energy and infrastructure are priority areas of President Barrow’s National Development Plan (NDP),” Njie said, describing the current Managing Director as a true friend of the Gambia who helped facilitated in the country’s debt restructuring recently. He thanked the Bank for standing up for the country, by guiding it through stormy weather and providing resources when the country needed it most.According to the OIC Gambia secretariat the occasion is a milestone in the Gambia’s development strides as it will usher in a better public infrastructure portfolio as we prepare to host the largest gathering of the Muslim Ummah.The Procurement process is on course for the construction and execution of the projects indicated above.last_img read more

Razer Blade 15 Advanced adds new Nvidia RTX graphics at CES 2019

first_img 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Laptops Tablets Desktops Sarah Tew/CNET Razer is kicking off 2019 with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced, a new edition of its 15-inch Blade laptop. And while it’s not as eye-popping as some of Razer’s past prototypes, but a new concept design for a high-end gaming display gives us a peek at what future products the innovative gaming hardware company is working on. The Blade is already one of our favorite gaming machines, fitting premium parts including eighth-gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia 1060 and 1070 GPUs, into a slim body. And it’s not outlandishly expensive, by premium laptop standards. The latest Blade is a gaming laptop that works equally well when you’re not gaming. See the new Razer Raptor display from CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 The new graphics options are the RTX 2060 (6 GB), RTX 2070 Max-Q (8 GB) or the RTX 2080 Max-Q (8 GB). The Max-Q designation is a GPU variant that trades a little horsepower to fit the thermal and power consumption limitations of a slim laptop. Also new in the Razer Blade 15 Advanced is a Windows Hello-compatible IR camera, which allows for facial recognition login. Display options will include a 144Hz 1,920×1,080-pixel screen and a 4K version with touchscreen support. On display, but not currently available for purchase, are two experimental screen options, one at 1,920×1,080 pixels with a 240Hz refresh rate and a second with a 4K OLED touchscreen. The base model of the Razer Blade with Nvidia 1060 graphics will still be available, at a reasonable $1,599. The new RTX 20-series version is coming Jan. 29, with pricing between $2,299 and $2,999. Razer also showed off a couple of prototype new displays for the Blade 15, including a 240Hz version, and a 4K OLED screen, both of which looked great, but there’s no firm information on when or if either will be available. 04-razer-raptor Sarah Tew/CNET An even bigger screenRazer is also introducing a new gaming monitor, or at least a prototype of one. Referred to as a “concept” rather than a fully realized product, the Razer Raptor is a 27-inch display designed with eSports in mind. It has a 144Hz 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution in an edge-to-edge design with very thin 2.3mm bezels around it. It also displays 95 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut and supports HDR content. The wide stand includes channels for routing and hiding cables, which also gives it a unique look. 06-razer-raptorThe unique cable routing on the Raptor display.  Sarah Tew/CNET Being a Razer, it naturally has Chroma-powered lights built into the base, which will sync with the rest of your Chroma gear, from Razer mice to Razer laptops to Razer speakers. Unlike many of the concept pieces we’ve seen from Razer over the years, the company claims this one is definitely headed to stores, later in 2019 for $699.  1:44 Tags 0 If this sounds familiar, it could be because we’ve already seen two new 15-inch Blade models in 2018. In my hands-on time with the new system, it felt nearly identical to the previous model from the outside, so the biggest difference here is the jump to Nvidia’s new RTX 20-series laptop GPUs. That’s one of the biggest storylines of CES 2019, so it’s a bigger deal than it may seem at first.  CES 2019: What tech to expect See all the best laptops from CES 2019 Share your voice 40 Photos Razer lights up with a new display and updated Blade… CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 2:48 CES Products Intel Nvidia Razer 85 Photos 14 Photos CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: The Razer Blade 15 Advanced goes RTXlast_img read more

Facebook and Instagram are tightening rules around ecigarettes alcohol

first_img Facebook Instagram Post a comment 4:37 Tags Originally published July 24, 8:55 a.m. PT.Update, 9:36 a.m.: Adds comment from Facebook. 0 Share your voice Facebook and Instagram are cracking down on some content related to vaping.  Michal Fludra/NurPhoto via Getty Images Facebook plans to restrict sales and limit content related to alcohol and tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, on its sites. A new policy, which goes into effect Wednesday, will prohibit all private sales, trades, transfers and gifting of alcohol and tobacco on Facebook and Instagram, according to CNN. Businesses that post content related to alcohol and tobacco will reportedly have to restrict content people 18 and older. Read more: Juul vaporizer: What is it, why are teens addicted and is it safe?”We are updating our regulated goods policy to prohibit the sale of alcohol and tobacco products between private individuals on Facebook and Instagram,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “Our commerce policies already prohibit the sale of tobacco or alcohol in places like Marketplace but we’re now extending this to organic content.”Facebook Groups created to sell alcohol and tobacco products are also subject to the new rules, and group administrators are being alerted to the changes, according to CNN. Tobacco and alcohol sales were already prohibited in Facebook Marketplace.The new policy doesn’t apply to all Facebook and Instagram posts however. Posts about alcohol and tobacco products that aren’t directly trying to sell them are reportedly still allowed. Influencers, who are paid to promote products, will still be allowed to post content about tobacco and vaping, according to CNN. These posts reportedly won’t have to be age-restricted. Get your vitamins by vaping Mobile Wellness Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Technical glitches resolved salaries to govt staff cleared

first_imgAmaravati: AP government unable to pay salaries, showing technical reasons, for the month of July. The salaries of the July month are supposed to be deposited in the accounts of employees by August 1. But, due to technical problems in electronic transfer, the government couldn’t pay the salaries. However, the Chief Minister’s office on Friday informed that the salaries of state government employees were cleared, after fixing the technical glitch.last_img

No new gas connection still customers increase

first_imgAuthorities conduct a drive to snap illegal gas connections in Gazipur`s Kaliakoir. File Photo: Prothom AloMore than 700,000 customers of gas have increased in the past one year despite suspension of gas connection for seven years, records show.Stakeholders in the energy sector blamed corruption committed by a section of government officers for the increase in the number of customers during the period of moratorium.Such a picture of increase in former users of gas has been reflected in the annual report of state energy sector mother company Petrobangla and Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited.Titas distributes over 60 per cent gas and 12 districts including Dhaka are under it.There were 2,006,013 customers of gas till June 2016, said the report.The number rose to 2717,536 by June of 2017, meaning that more than 700,000 or 35 per cent new consumers have been added to the list in the year.”Illegal gas connections are not possible without collaboration of the officers and employees concerned. We have given a notice that actions will be taken against those involved in such activities, from 1 April,” energy secretary Nazimuddin Chowdhury told Prothom Alo.He claimed that thousands of illegal gas connections are being disconnected “but everything couldn’t be controlled.”However, officials of Titas Gas Company argued the number of customers has increased for updating data in the IT system.Energy adviser of Consumer Association of Bangladesh (CAB) M Shamsul Alam said it is not logical to say the number of customers would go up only for modernisation of the IT system of the company.”Rather illegal connections are being given and legalised through corruption,” he said.Shamsul Alam further alleged that the government is putting the burden of gas price-hike on the commoners.Union leaders of the company are also blamed for providing illegal gas connections.In 2010, the government suspended gas connections to industries as well as at households due to shortage of gas.The order suspending gas connections was withdrawn for a certain period when illegal connections were legalised, according to official records. The order was reenforced again that still remains effective.A high level committee was formed to allow gas connection for special cases and emergency.Around 1,000 industrial units and commercial establishments were given gas connections although applications were many.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img

Florida Couple Accidentally Receives 65lbs of Dank Weed from Amazon

first_imgStay on target A Florida couple was surprised to find something unexpected in their Amazon shipment. They had ordered 27-gallon storage bins, but noticed that their shipment weighed about 65 lbs more than it should. That extra weight? Two massive, tightly packed blocks of the devil’s lettuce.“They were extremely heavy, heavier than four empty bins should be,” the couple told WFTV on condition of anonymity. The couple immediately contacted the police who began an investigation. “When the first officer got there, she was in disbelief.”That makes sense, though, because those quantities — depending upon quality — could easily sell north of $150,000, and if I’d stumbled into that, I’d be checking my shoulder for a while yet.“We love Amazon and do a lot of shopping on Amazon,” the anonymous couple told WFTV. “[But] we were still pretty fearful our home would be broken into, and we didn’t sleep there for a few days.”The authorities traced the package to a warehouse in Massachusetts. The facility is part of Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, and ships out from several suppliers. At this point, it could have been that the package was smuggled into the warehouse to be redistributed, or it may have been that the supplier accidentally packaged and shipped it through Amazon’s system. Either way, the couple understandably wanted answers.They tried, in vain, to get in touch with a supervisor at Amazon for nearly a month. After a bit, they eventually received a $150 gift card, according to WFTV.“There was no concern for a customer’s safety,” the anonymous couple said. “I mean, this could have turned into a worst-case scenario.”Can you imagine?Amazon customers in Orlando got unexpected marijuana delivery -65-pounds! #WFTV at 6pm pic.twitter.com/yYywuKYpnU— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) October 20, 2017I still have so many questions about this. I’m just fascinated, and now pondering whether there’s a massive Amazon smuggling ring we’re only just now stumbling on. And given that Amazon ships 600 million packages each year in the US, it’d be a pretty convenient way to move things around.Amazon has claimed that they’ve been working directly with the customers to address their concerns and that will cooperate with law enforcement.What’s also funny, as some have noted, is that the package was shipped out in June, and even the local news only got around to reporting on it now — almost four months later. While some of that has surely been eaten up with the email correspondence with Amazon and the coordination with the police, it’s a bit puzzling.Either the police still haven’t figured out whodunit after four months — which seems unlikely in the age of rigorous and detailed package tracking — or the couple told the cops a little later than you’d think. In that, case, as some have pointed out, it may be that they skimmed a little before turning it in (we kid, we kid). Still, it’s bizarre it’s taken this long to investigate, and according to WFTV, the case is ongoing.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgA map of roadworks affecting Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. (Image: Roadworks.org) Burslem and Chell Hall Street and Westport Road, Burslem, carried out by Cadent between April 16 and June 28 St Michael’s Road, Chell, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and May 31 Read MoreSix pothole-riddled roads in Stoke-on-Trent to be resurfaced… and here’s where they are Stoke and Fenton Boothen Old Road, Stoke, carried out by Cadent between May 4 and June 21 Victoria Road, Fenton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 30 and June 4 Blurton, Longton and Weston Coyney Blurton Road, Blurton, carried out by Severn Trent Water, between May 29 and May 31. Market Street, Longton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and June 1 Tideswell Road, Longton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 29 and June 12 Weldon Avenue, Weston Coyney, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 13 and June 3 Westport Road, in Burslem, is one of those affected. Endon, Stanley, Cheadle and Leek Post Lane, Endon, carried out by Severn Trent Water, between March 2 and May 29 Stanley Bank, Stanley, carried out by Severn Trent Water, between March 2 and May 29 Compton, Leek, carried out by Severn Trent Water, on June 3 Leek Road, Cheadle, carried out by BT, between May 29 and May 31 Of course, if you want to keep up to date with all the traffic and travel news then here’s how: Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. The roadworks started on Monday. (Image: Stoke Sentinel) Trentham and Stone Chivelstone Grove, Trentham, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 28 and June 11 Stafford Road, Stone, carried out by BT between May 29 and May 30 Newcastle and Clayton Gower Street, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between May 28 and June 1 Occupation Street, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 5 and June 4 Grovesnor Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 12 and June 4 Belgrave Road, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between February 21 and June 4 Vessey Terrace, Newcastle, carried out by Cadent between May 2 and June 6 High Street, Newcastle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between February 19 and August 31 Sneyd Avenue, Newcastle, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between February 26 and June 1 Clayton Road, Clayton, carried out by Western Power Distribution between May 31 and June 1 Read MoreWhy you should keep your car keys in the microwave Wolstanton and Porthill High Street, Porthill, carried out by Cadent, between May 11 and July 4 Park Avenue, carried out by Cadent, between May 14 and June 11 High Street, Porthill, carried out by Staffordshire County Council between May 8 and June 30 Boulton Street, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and June 15 Woodland Avenue, Wolstanton, carried out by Cadent, between May 29 and July 12 center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned to plan ahead when travelling this week as a raft of new roadworks will begin across North Staffordshire. Dozens of routes will be affected by the planned works, which will be carried out by various local authorities as well as telecommunication, gas and water companies. The following list, correct as of May 28, contains the roadworks which are most likely to cause delays to traffic. Any emergency repairs will not feature in the list. Read MoreHow you can be fined £100 for not wearing your seatbelt properly Hanley, Milton and Shelton Albion Square, Hanley, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 27 and June 3. Broad Street, Hanley, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between April 30 and June 1 Leek Road, Milton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between May 31 and June 1 Shelton New Road, Shelton, carried out by Cadent between May 28 and June 6 Station Road, Shelton, carried out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council between March 28 and September 30 Keelings Road, Northwood, carried out by Severn Trent Water between May 31 and June 4 last_img read more

Just weeks after his May 2009 appointment by Prime

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