Leeds: Going into their last game of the World Cup against India, Sri Lanka have nothing to lose. They are already out of the competition and on the face of it, the game will be a dead rubber of sorts at the Headingley Cricket Stadium on Saturday. But for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) this tournament has been another proof that transition needs to be done with fast if the island nation wants to get back to its glory days on the international stage. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together During this edition of the World Cup, the few times when the Lankan fans got something to cheer about, it was due to the performances of old stalwarts — Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews. While Malinga dismissed Jos Buttler to win Lanka the game against England and throw the tournament wide open, Mathews bowled after 18 months to dismiss Nicholas Pooran and win Lanka their previous game. Not denying the performance of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and lone centurion Avishka Fernando, but like Mathews pointed on the sidelines of training on Thursday, consistency has to be the key. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “It has been a disappointing World Cup, unfortunately two games were rained out and you can’t control weather. We played well in patches, but not very well to make it to the semi-finals,” he pointed. Old warhorse, Malinga, was much more harsh with his words as he made it clear that the Lankan youngsters need to rise to the occasion and meet the challenges that lie ahead. “All the young players got a World Cup experience and will know how tough it is to play international cricket. They should work hard to play competitive cricket after the World Cup. “In international cricket, players need to understand how tough the level of competition is and the game against India will be another such opportunity for the young players. They have to learn about handling situations and they have to then work hard towards achieving goals. “The young fast bowlers need to work hard and be accurate, it is as simple as that. They have to work hard as we don’t have much talent because we don’t play competitive cricket like the premier league and the bowlers have to show skills and character. Without that you cannot succeed in international cricket,” he explained. “We are looking to do well and that is important. We must look to learn and show our skill. Cricket is simple and have to focus on basics and be accurate.” Skipper Karunaratne too, has been vocal about how the inexperienced batsmen letting the team down on a couple of occasions. “I think the batting is the main collapse, you know. We played like five matches, couldn’t get a hundred, only a couple of 50s in our team, so that was the only major thing (till Fernando scored a century). If you want to compete with the good sides, you definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board, so I think in this World Cup, the major part (problem) was the batting line-up,” he said. If Lanka are to get back to winning habits, the Lankan board surely needs its young players to rise to the challenge and make the world take note.
Ontario’s animal welfare organization says a hoarding issue may have contributed to a situation at an abandoned rural property where local rescue groups say they’ve found dozens of cats, both dead and alive.The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it is in the midst of an animal cruelty probe, which began in December, involving a home and a barn in Beamsville, Ont., in the Niagara Region.No charges have been laid in the case but the OSPCA said it has been working with a woman who they said used to rent the home on the property.“It did appear to be a hoarding situation,” spokeswoman Alison Cross said Monday. “We were there, feeding animals, going back daily, addressing any concerns of animals that might have been appearing — they are roaming outside, so it’s not easy to find them all.”The woman who lived on the property may also have been collecting dead animals “from roadkill and other things,” and putting them in barrels that have been found at the site, Cross said.Local animal rescue organizations recently became involved in efforts to care for cats found alive on the property.Pam Huson, who runs the Beamsville 4Paw Rescue, said the animal control organization in the area asked her and several other rescue groups on July 19 for help dealing with the situation.“It was a nightmare,” she said, noting that cats had overrun the property.Huson said her organization saved about 70 cats from the site and another group, Project Save A Cat’s Life, said it rescued about 30 cats.The groups also found dozens of dead felines, Huson said.The dead cats were found inside the home near windows and doors, which were riddled with scratch marks, Huson said.“The stench was so awful that we were throwing up,” Huson said.The groups also found the bodies of dead cats inside rain barrels on the property, Huson said.“We followed the flies and the maggots and the birds and the stench and that led us to the barrels,” she said. “It was shocking.”In all, Huson said rescue groups have counted 153 dead cats and four dead dogs found on the property so far.The OSPCA said it was concerned that the rescue groups may have tampered with evidence in its investigation.“We recognize the passion behind the rescue groups wanting to help the animals, but when it comes to an investigation there is a process that has to be followed, or else you can jeopardize the investigation,” Cross said.She said the OSPCA was still waiting for evidence from the rescue groups on the number of cats, alive and dead, found at the site.Huson said, however, that she has offered all of her evidence from the property, from photographs to veterinary reports to her own accounts, to OSPCA investigators who handling the case.The cats that have been rescued from the property are doing well after being treated for a variety of illnesses and injuries, she said, and are healing in foster homes.“They’re happy, they’re cuddly,” she said. “After the long weekend, we’re going to have an adopt-a-thon.”
Rabat – Public transport company Alsa-City Bus will launch operations in July 2019 in the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region. Three hundred and fifty new buses will hit the roads.Alsa-City Bus, a joint venture between Moroccan company City Bus and Spanish company Alsa, won a tender in January 2018 to manage the region’s public bus system.The contract covers a 15-year period, renewable for seven years, and promises approximately MAD 10 billion investment into the bus transport system in the region (approximately $1.2 billion). The 350 new buses (102 buses by Mercedes-Benz and the other 248 buses by Scania-Higer) will have an electronic ticketing system, wifi, air-conditioning, and satellite locating. The total cost of the new fleet is of MAD 700 million (approximately $72 million).Alsa-City Bus predicts 109 million passengers will use the buses per year, and it aims to create 1,600 jobs.Read also: Morocco Approves MAD 4.5 Billion Rabat-Sale Tramway Extension ProjectThe Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region has been in desperate need of new buses. The current fleet is run by Stareo, a company who has been in financial difficulties for a number of years. Many of its buses have smashed paneling and windows.Stareo bus in Rabat, MoroccoAlsa-City Bus will take on Stareo employees after the transition to Alsa-City Bus.Despite this, Stareo employees went on strike in April 2019, as they were concerned with potential job losses from the transition. While two thousand people are currently employed by Stareo, the Alsa-City Bus operations only provide 1600 positions.As Stareo staff will be employed by Alsa-City Bus, the drivers have also been concerned about additional responsibilities they would get working for Alsa-City Bus in relation to the electronic ticketing system.Stareo set up a voluntary retirement scheme for 993 of its employees. Seven hundred of the employees have participated in it.
Ranathunga and Alles resigned following comments made against them by Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka. Democratic National Alliance (DNA) parliamentarian Ajith Kumara has decided to sit independently in parliament.He announced his decision in parliament today, just days after DNA MPs Arjuna Ranathunga and Tiran Alles decided to leave the alliance.
VANCOUVER – Norsat International Inc. (TSX:NII) says its securityholders have voted to approve a controversial takeover of the company by Chinese company Hytera Communications Co. Ltd.The Canadian satellite communications firm says its securityholders voted 72.53 per cent in favour of the offer of US$11.50 per share.The deal has been the focus of a debate over national security risks and the federal government’s willingness to approve a Chinese takeover of a Canadian technology company.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada consulted the U.S., a major Norsat customer, before concluding that Hytera’s takeover doesn’t pose any national security concerns.Norsat says the deal is still subject to approval by the B.C. Supreme Court as well as other regulatory approvals and certain other closing conditions.U.S. investment fund Privet Fund Management LLC, a major Norsat shareholder, had made a rival bid for the company and voted against deal. Norsat International shareholders vote to approve Hytera Communications deal by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2017 7:59 am MDT Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Drawing attention to the risks the ongoing conflict poses to Syria’s cultural heritage, a United Nations committee has placed six world heritage sites in the country on its endangered list. The Ancient City of Damascus; Site of Palmyra; Ancient City of Bosra; Ancient City of Aleppo; Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din; and Ancient Villages of northern Syria were inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger by the World Heritage Committee.“The danger listing is intended to mobilize all possible support for the safeguarding of these properties, which are recognized by the international community as being of outstanding universal value for humanity as a whole,” said a news release issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The decision was taken as part of the Committee’s review of the state of conservation of World Heritage sites already inscribed on the World Heritage List. Currently meeting in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, the Committee will close in Angkor on 27 June.UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has repeatedly called on both sides of the Syrian conflict to do all they can to prevent the destruction of the country’s cultural heritage amid the violence, which is currently in its third year. Several sites have already suffered damage or have been destroyed since the fighting began in March 2011. This past April, there were reports that the minaret of one of the country’s most famous mosques, the Great Mosque at the heart of the ancient city of Aleppo, was reduced to rubble. Also, last October, the city’s souk – considered to be the world’s most extensive covered market and a coveted tourist destination – suffered major damage during a fire amid the fighting between the Syrian army and opposition forces seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad.More than 93,000 people have been killed so far in the conflict, which has also left 6.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and sent some 1.5 million fleeing to neighbouring countries for safety.
Ohio State headed to Wisconsin with a “live in the moment” approach in one hand and hopes of prolonging its chances at a fourth straight Big Ten championship in the other. But the moment, nearly every second of it, belonged to the No. 20-ranked Badgers in a 71-49 rout at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Sunday. In the process, Wisconsin handed Thad Matta and the Buckeyes (18-7, 8-5 Big Ten) their worst loss since 2009 and likely eliminated them from the conference’s steeplechase for a league title. Matta, who led OSU to the Final Four less than a year ago, said he had seen enough after calling a timeout down 22-6 with 10:27 to play in the first half. “I, with composure, lost it,” Matta told reporters after the game. Seemingly, so did the Buckeyes. The loss, OSU’s third in four games, drops the Buckeyes to 1-7 against ranked opponents on the season and 3-5 in road games. OSU junior forward Deshaun Thomas, who has not scored less than double figures all season, led the way with 18 points. But in line with the theme of some of OSU’s losses this year, the Big Ten’s leading scorer had little help. Aside from sophomore forward Sam Thompson’s 10 points, starting junior guards Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore center Amir Williams combined for just 10 total points. The Buckeyes, though, came out of the gates firing, as Thomas, Smith Jr. and Craft all connected on each of their first shots within the first three minutes of the game. With the score tied early, 6-6, OSU appeared composed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Kohl Center, a place it had only won once since 2000. Any semblance of that notion, though, evaporated as quickly as the Buckeyes’ poise after junior guard Ben Brust’s 3-pointer gave the Badgers its first lead of the game at the 16:22 mark. They never looked back. Brust’s trey ignited an 18-0 run on 59 percent shooting from the floor and 56 percent from behind the arc that carried the Badgers into halftime with a 39-22 lead in tow. The second half brought more of the same. Wisconsin, which shot 53 percent on the day, still hit 13-of-28 shots and continued to stifle an OSU offense that seemed to only go as far as Thomas could take them. What concerned Matta, though, was not the Buckeyes’ struggles on the offensive end. His worry regarded their defense – the rock on which OSU has appeared to lean on now 25 games into the season. “I don’t know who’s in your jerseys right now in terms of being where you’re supposed to be and doing what you’re supposed to do,” Matta said he told his squad. “We got to get back to that. … We’ve seen the results if we’re not going to play defense. We’re not a good basketball team.” Sunday proved to be an immediate reminder of that. “You know, if we’re going to rely on trying to outscore people, that’s not going to happen, we have to play defense,” Matta said. OSU returns home to play Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is at 7 p.m.
Gerard King, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Greenpower Energy Limited, Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes, Greenpower Energy Limited Geologist John Watts and GSM Inc. representativeThe Morabisi Lithium and Tantalum Project’s first phase has been completed and deemed a success. This is according to Greenpower Energy Limited Company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gerard King.Speaking with the Department of Public Information/Government Information Agency(DPI/GINA) he said that, “We are very pleased with that because it means we can go on and find how much lithium is within that area.”The first phase of this project was conducted from March to June 2017.The collaborative project, between the Australian company, Greenpower Energy, and Canadian based Guyana Strategic Metals (GSM) Incorporated, aims to explore for rare earth minerals and lithium in Region Seven, to see if the area has enough deposits to make it profitable for mining.Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes explained that “Guyana is on the right path to be looking forward to Lithium mines, it is something that is very new… it opens up a different level of opportunities and understanding of our natural resources sector.”King explained that, “We are very pleased that it is in Guyana, there is a very positive attitude towards development of minerals.” The Company also has a Geologist John Watts visiting.Watts is the Geologist from Greenpower Energy Limited who will be working with the GSM team.Watts explained that the second phase of this project will further explore the types of deposits found, and, “to get some serious work done on the ground, to make the first steps to quantify the amount of Lithium present,” and see if there is enough for mining operations. The process will commence as soon as the dry season begins.By year end some US$1M will be plugged into the economy Minister Brooms noted. Through the exploration works and inputs a number of jobs will be created with the second phase.King added that once sufficient quantities are found, mining operations will commence and Guyana is set to benefit from royalties. “It will take some time because we have to do a lot of measuring and economic studies,” he pointed out. The country is also set to benefit from infrastructural improvements in the hinterland regions.The Australian company’s visit was prompted by Minister Broomes’ recent attendance to the Latin America Down Under (LADU) in the Western Australia capital, Perth. It was the annual forum that brings together government and private sector representatives of the mining sector from Australia and Latin America and the Caribbean.Lithium is said to be the lightest known metal and is commonly used in batteries and many electrical devices and high tech devices. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana exploring mining of other rare mineralsApril 18, 2017In “latest news”President engages top oil exploration stakeholdersMay 10, 2017In “latest news”Update: Guyana Goldfields to invest US$238M in Aurora Gold ProjectDecember 11, 2013In “Local News”
This suggests that any cognitive/behavioural effects relating to eating habits in early childhood may well persist into later childhood, despite any subsequent changes (including improvements) to dietary intake.The brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life, say the authors, adding that other research has indicated that head growth at this time is linked to intellectual ability.They suggest that it is possible that good nutrition during this period may encourage optimal brain growth, and advocate further research on the subject.Read: Smoking cannabis as a teenager lowers IQ – study> DOES A JUNK food diet lower a child’s IQ?According to a new study by researchers at the University of Bristol, a diet, high in fats sugars, and processed foods in early childhood may lower IQ, while a diet packed full of vitamins and nutrients may do the opposite.The results of the population-based cohort study was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.The authors base their findings on participants in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), which is tracking the long term health and wellbeing of around 14,000 children born in 1991 and 1992.Parents completed questionnaires, detailing the types and frequency of the food and drink their children consumed when they were 3, 4, 7 and 8.5 years old.Three dietary patterns were identified: Processed: high in fats and sugar intakeTraditional: high in meat and vegetable intakeHealth conscious: high in salad, fruit and vegetables, rice and pasta.Scores were calculated for each pattern for each child.IQThe children had their IQ measured using a validated test when they were 8.5 years old.The results showed that after taking account of potentially influential factors, a predominantly processed food diet at the age of three was associated with a lower IQ at the age of 8.5, irrespective of whether the diet improved after that age.On the other hand, a healthy diet was associated with a higher IQ at the age of 8.5. The study found that dietary patterns between the ages of 4 and 7 had no impact on IQ.NutritionThe authors say that these findings, “although modest, are in line with previous ALSPAC research showing an association between early childhood diet and later behaviour and school performance”.
Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric ParentingBoy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort A 75-million-year-old fossil, found in Utah, represents the most complete enantiornithine (en-an-tea-or’-neth-een) skeleton discovered in North America.Uncovered in 1992 by University of California, Berkeley, paleontologist Howard Hutchison, the fossil remained relatively untouched in the University of California Museum of Paleontology at Berkeley—until doctoral student Jessie Atterholt got her hands on it nine years ago.In collaboration with leading enantiornithines expert Jingmai O’Connor, Atterholt and Hutchison found that the turkey vulture-sized creatures were aerodynamic equals of the ancestors of today’s fowl.“We know that birds in the early Cretaceous, about 115 to 130 million years ago, were capable of flight but probably not as well adapted for it as modern birds,” according to Atterholt, now an assistant professor and human anatomy instructor at the Western University of Health Sciences in California.Fossilized wishbone of Mirarce eatoni (via David Strauss/UC Berkeley)“What this new fossil shows is that enantiornithines, though totally separate from modern birds, evolved some of the same adaptations for highly refined, advanced flight styles,” she said in a statement.Certain fossilized features—a deeply keeled breastbone and V-shaped wishbone—mirror aspects of modern birds, suggesting enantiornithines in the late Cretaceous were just as advanced as today’s flying animals.So why did they die off with the dinosaurs, while ancestors of contemporary birds didn’t?“One of the really interesting and mysterious things about enantiornithines is that we find them throughout the Cretaceous, for roughly 100 million years of existence, and they were very successful,” Atterholt said. “We find their fossils on every continent, all over the world, and their fossils are very, very common in a lot of areas—more common than the group that led to modern birds.“And yet modern birds survived the extinction while enantiornithines go extinct,” she added.One possible explanation is that enantiornithines were primarily forest dwellers. So when an asteroid struck Earth, burning the woodlands and signaling the end of the Cretaceous period, the feathered creatures disappeared, too.“We need to do really rigorous studies of enantiornithines’ ecology,” Atterholt explained, “because right now that part of the puzzle is a little hand-wavey.”Skeletal reconstruction of Mirarce eatoni (via Scott Hartman/UC Berkeley)No stranger to bird fossils, Hutchison stumbled on the nearly complete specimen, eroding out of the ground in the Kaiparowits formation in Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.Despite early interest, the fossil fell by the wayside, laying untouched in storage for nearly 20 years.“Over the moon” to take on the project, Atterholt and her colleagues named the species—among the largest North American birds from the Cretaceous—Mirarce eatoni.The title pays homage to the detailed preservation of the fossil and mythical Greek winged messenger Arce; it also honors Jeffrey Eaton, a paleontologist who has worked for decades on fossils from the Kaiparowits Formation.The team’s fossil analysis was published this week in the open-access journal PeerJ.More coverage on Geek.com:New Dino Discoveries Missing Link Between PredatorsThese Songbirds Use Brute Force to Kill Prey Twice Their SizeAncient Dinosaur Movement Could Inform Modern Robotics Stay on target
The much-awaited launch of 4G services by Reliance Jio is likely to happen by the end of this month in some select areas, particularly Mumbai, according to a report by a global brokerage firm.However, the commercial launch of Reliance Jio 4G services across the country may be delayed till April-June 2016, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BoFA-ML) in a report.”In a scenario Jio launches by December 28, we remain unsure 1) if it will be a commercial launch with the company disclosing price-points or 2) if it will be an extension of services which are currently being offered to employees to select user group/Jio partners (i.e. few months of free data with no price-points being shared),” The Economic Times quoted, BoFA-ML, as saying in a note to clients dated December 15.BoFA-ML said that it has found Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls “working well” during the beta-testing of 4G services by Reliance Jio in Mumbai, even when tested from inside the buildings and while travelling.The data download speeds were in 18-30 Mbps range when Reliance Jio 4G services were tested while travelling/inside buildings and went up to as high as 60-70 Mbps when they were accessed outside, it said.”We believe this is largely due to an empty network which Jio currently has. We remain unsure if Jio network is offering similar speeds outside Mumbai particularly in circles where they only have 2300 MHz,” the report said.The brokerage expects Reliance Jio to “position itself as an aspirational brand” providing premium services (high-speed).
.Bangladesh Islamic Foundation has a service offering explanations and information on Islamic issues. A Robi or Banglalink cell phone subscriber can call 8155 to talk directly to the Islamic scholars or alem of the foundation. They offer explanations on preventing and countering militancy. After the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, the most important tool to draw youth away from militancy was ‘counter narrative’.On 29 June at 5:47 in the afternoon, a call was made to this call centre to ask about the Shia community. The government-appointed alem came up with the glib reply that the Shias were misguided. The alem didn’t reveal his name. When asked if his statement could instigate intolerant youth, he replied, “Not at all. I can give my personal views.” Was he authorised to give such a conclusion? Replying that he could certainly give a reply, the mufti cut the phone connection.The world over, persons of the Shia faith are the main target of IS attacks. In Bangladesh too, three were killed and over a hundred injured when an attack was launched at the Hossaini Dalan where members of the Shia community were preparing to bring out the Tazia procession during the Islamic month of Muharram. In Chak Kanpur of Bogra, the muezzin of the Shia mosque was hacked to death. Immediately after both the incidents, the police said that neo-JMB, followers of IS ideology, were involved.Professor of Dhaka University’s department of Islamic studies, Muhammad Abdur Rashid, told Prothom Alo, “There really is no fundamental difference in the beliefs of Shias and Sunnis. Both believe that Allah is the only God and Hazrat Mohammed (SM) is the last and greatest prophet. Both believe in the Quran, fast during Ramadan and perform Hajj. Certain quarters, out of ignorance, try to spread misconceptions about the Shias. Given the present circumstances, no provocative messages should be sent out.”The director general of Islamic Foundation, Shameem Mohammad Afzal, said he was unaware that the Islamic Foundation had any such ‘service’. He said it was wrong to make such a comment about Shias. He said this could be clever move by Jamaat.This was a partial picture of counter-militancy in Bangladesh.On 28 June in parliament, the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that other than police activities, the religious affairs ministry had taken initiative to spread fatwas signed by 100 thousand muftis and to give anti-terrorism talks before the Friday jumma prayers, the information ministry had made and screened documentary films, short films, ads and video clips, and the education ministry had organised rallies in the various districts.What anti-terrorism campaign, why and where?After the Holey Artisan attack, at least 70 militants were killed around the country during successive police raids. Even yesterday, Saturday, an anti-militant drive took place in Kushtia, However, members of the law enforcement agencies, analysts, and two young men who had been inspired by militancy, told Prothom Alo that alongside the anti-militancy operations, government and private initiative was required to involve the youth in constructive work so that they are not drawn to militancy.The US Security Council’s counter-terrorism committee said that suppression and repression was not enough. The member states would have to avoid activities that instigated militancy. Also, the media, civil society, religious and business communities, educational institutions and cultural organisations would have to work together. In 2014 the committee reached a consensus on these issues.This is where Bangladesh lags behind, according to sources in both the government and private sector. The anti-militancy drives in Bangladesh were still restricted to surveillance and directives. Educational institutions were being kept under surveillance. The ministry was continually issuing directives to officials in the administration. No one knows what all this has resulted in.The activities to suppress militancy, and to turn youth away from militancy or prevent them from being instigated, are unsubstantial. In 2007, top leaders of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh were hanged. Two years from them, the state minister for home affairs at the time Tanjim Ahmed Sohail Taj, formed a 17-member committee National Committee on Militancy Resistance and Prevention. Comprising representatives of the home ministry, education ministry, information ministry, youth and sports ministry, cultural ministry and the various forces, this committee drew up some short, mid and long term plans. The state minister for home then said that militancy in Bangladesh was under control, but it was still present.On 21 June when several officers of the joint secretary and additional secretary level in the home ministry were asked about the progress made on the committee and the committee’s recommendations, they could say nothing.Eight years since that committee was formed, several officers of the police’s counter terrorism and transnational crime unit told Prothom Alo that they have noted that the North Bengal districts where militancy had spread during Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai’s presence before 2007, were still in the same situation.What the government is doing, or not doing, against militancySecretary of the home ministry’s public security division Mohammed Kamaluddin Ahmed told Prothom Alo that they had taken up extensive programmes against militancy. Various ministries were coordinating in this regard. However, officials of the ministry said that their main partner in the programme was the religious affairs ministry and under the ministry, the Islamic Foundation, as well as the education ministry and the ministry for youth and sports.At the behest of the religious affairs ministry, a fatwa was drawn up and signed by 100 thousand alems under the leadership of Moulana Fariduddin Masud, the imam who led the Eid prayers at Sholakia, Kishoreganj. But the government didn’t follow up to make this fatwa public. Speaking to Prothom Alo, Fariduddin Masud said, some people took the fatwa from him on personal initiative, but he did not know if any publicity had been done at a government level for this.After the Holey Artisan Bakery attack, the Islamic foundation drew up a khutba or sermon at the directives of the cabinet committee for law and order, and sent this to various mosques. But this move fizzled out within a month. Accurate interpretations of religious issues are no available online either. No initiative has been taken in this regard so far by the Bangladesh Islamic Foundation, the information and communication technology ministry or the information ministry. This was confirmed by the ICT division secretary Subir Kishore Chowdhury, Islamic Foundation’s DG Shameem Afzal Rahman and a reliable source in the information, remaining anonymous.Director of India’s Centre for International Security at Gateway, Samir Patel, recently presented a paper at a workshop of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. He said, the main strength of militant organisations is their round-the-clock presence online. The Indonesian government has a similar strong online counter-narrative.The anti-militancy campaign of the education ministry in coordination with the home ministry is basically to do with surveillance. If any student is absent for a long period from classes, the education ministry informs the home ministry. A list of 70 educational institutions at risk of militancy has been prepared. The secretary of the ministry for youth and sports, Asadul Islam, has said that work has begun to register all clubs in the country.However, no specific constructive work involving youth has been undertaken. The mother of one the young attackers at the Holey Artisan Bakery told Prothom Alo, “They could have been involved in medical camps, in tree planting, sports and cultural activities. But nothing was done.”What the administration is doing in and outside of DhakaInstructions have been issued by the cabinet division to the district and upazila administration to regularly monitor the anti-militancy activities. The deputy commissioners are to visit the various educational institutions, to deliver anti-militancy speeches at various meetings and seminars and also to update the cabinet division of their activities in their confidential reports.The deputy commissioners do send in their regular confidential reports, mentioning that they had delivered anti-militancy speeches, but they hardly eve mention the actual content of the speeches.A commissioner of a northwestern district, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo that it cannot be assessed how far militancy is actually being prevented though anti-militancy speeches. No all officials have a clear idea about counter violent extremism or de-radicalisation. It is important to look into why the youth are getting involved in militancy. Jamaat-Shibir and Ahle Hadith have influence in his area. The educational institutions funded by them are performing relatively better than other educational institutions. So even those who are not extremists, are sending their children to those institutions for a better education. They hardly have any cultural activities. On national days the cultural organisations don’t even come to one platform to sing together.No prison programmesAt a conference of police chiefs held last March in Dhaka, security expert Rohan Gunaratna from Singapore said, it is important for proper religious interpretations to be imparted to convicted militants in prison so that they do not go back to militancy upon their release. And the big business houses of the country should arrange for vocational work within the prisons so that the militants do not remain unemployed or ostracised upon their release or else they may go back to militancy.One of the top leaders of neo-JMB, Sarwar Jahan, who was also one of the masterminds behind the Holey Artisan attack, had been arrested after the series of bomb blasts on 17 August 2005. Tariqul Islam, accused of killing Khijir Hayat Khan, was arrested on the same grounds. Both of them returned to militancy after ending their jail term and being released.Officials of the police’s counter terrorism and transnational crime unit said, there is a practice around world to involve those who have served sentences as militants, in anti-militancy campaigns. They are introduced to families whose members have died in their attacks. They can then feel the pain of those who have lost their loved ones. They feel a sense of guilt.Head of the police’s counter terrorism and transnational crime unit Moniul Islam told Prothom Alo, there are plans to involve the relations of those who have been killed or arrested in police operations, in anti-militancy activities.However, a young man arrested under the anti-terrorism act, and later released, told Prothom Alo that if the government really wants to use the youth who are involved in militancy to counter militancy, they have to take them into confidence. He said, in most cases the law enforcement picks them up from their homes and keep them hidden for a long spell. Later it is said that they were arrested while in a secret meeting. Sometimes it is said they were arrested during an operation. Unless the trial process is transparent, the results will never be achieved.Family and society play a vital role This correspondent recently spoke to two persons who had been arrested under the anti-terrorism act. One of them spent a year and a half in the Kasempur jail in Gazipur. He told Prothom Alo, the families have a significant role to play in the boys of educated and well-to-do backgrounds becoming involved in militancy. Many of the teenagers come from broken homes, where their parents are separated or do not have a good relationship. A large chunk of the youth has no contact with their cousins or grandparents. Their companions and mentors are their peers and the internet. They have no pangs of remorse in leaving their families. He knows of a youth who got involved in militancy while searching the internet for the meaning of dreams. He liked the interpretation offered by a person and began listening to his talks regularly, until he finally left home to join the so-called jihad.After his one-and-a-half-year stint in jail, the young man who was speaking to Prothom Alo, got a job with big company and a salary over 100 thousand taka. He wants his sons to be tolerant of all beliefs. He takes his son to the mosque as well as to the church. He wants to take his children all around the country. He says just by observing one national day in schools, the government won’t inspire Bengali nationalism. Patriotism is an ongoing practice.When asked what should be done to counter militancy, journalist and writer Abul Momen told Prothom Alo yesterday, Saturday, education and culture both needed to be practiced. Education devoid of culture was no education at all. A free mind was needed to shun militancy. Arts and sports created free minds. The young mind was full of dreams without restraint. They were ready to sacrifice for any great cause. They needed to be given the opportunity to make their mark in education, culture, politics, in the social system. This could even be in scouting or as a Red Crescent volunteer. * This report originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.
Oyama, Tamaulipas — Authorities in the town of Oyama arrested two men after they discovered a semi trilor with more than 100 illiegal immigrants bound for the US.The National Institute of Migration, in coordination with elements of the Mexican Army, rescued 109 migrants who were travelling in a trailer in overcrowded conditions without food and water in Oyama, Tamaulipas.At around 5:00 p.m. January 25, a semi trailer truck was discovered at the inspection point moving 109 migrants. Those inside the trailer showed signs of dehydration and suffocation after being locked up for a long period of time.The group of foreigners rescued consisted of 83 Guatemalans (40 men, 11 women and 32 minors, of whom 7 of them traveled alone), 17 Hondurans (10 men, 2 women and 5 minors, one of the girls traveling alone ), and 9 Salvadorans (5 men, 2 women and 2 unaccompanied minors) who sought to reach the United States.According to their statements, the group was transferred by traffickers from the state of Chiapas to Tamaulipas.Within the framework of the agreements that Mexico maintains with the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America, an immediate alert was made for their return.Unaccompanied minors were placed in the custody of the DIF, giving them specialized attention through Child Protection Officers (OPIS), who will deliver the minors to their relatives after the corresponding migratory procedure.The semi truck driver and his companion, Rubicel “N” and Orbelin “N” of Mexican nationality, were placed at the disposal of the authorities for the crime of human trafficking.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
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by The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2019 11:08 am PDT Winfrey to interview Jackson accusers in post-film special FILE – In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Wade Robson, from left, director Dan Reed and James Safechuck pose for a portrait to promote the film “Leaving Neverland” during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation, will begin airing on HBO on Sunday. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — An Oprah Winfrey interview with two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them as boys will air immediately after a documentary on the men.HBO and the Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday that the special, “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland,” will air simultaneously on both channels Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. That’s just after the conclusion of the two-night airing of “Leaving Neverland.”The networks say the pre-taped interview by Winfrey will be with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, and the film’s director, Dan Reed in front of an audience of people affected by sexual abuse.The family and estate of Jackson , who died in 2009, have denounced the documentary and HBO’s decision to air it, saying it spreads falsehoods about a man not alive to defend himself.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Renowned businessman Photos Photiades, who secured the first licence to produce Carlsberg beer outside Denmark, died early on Friday morning at the age of 98.No other details were made available though it is understood that Photiades had been in poor health for some time.The day of the funeral will be announced later.Born in Angastina in October 1920, Photiades undertook his first major business venture in 1942 with the creation of Photos Photiades & Co Ltd, a foodstuff import company that evolved into an international trading company.In 1962 Photiades acquired the controlling stake in M. Chr. Platanis & Co. Ltd, the producer of LEON Beer and five years later he managed to secure the first licence ever to produce Carlsberg Beer outside Denmark.The Cyprus Carlsberg brewery opened in 1969, the first brewery outside Denmark to produce Carlsberg Beer, paving the way for other countries to follow. The Cyprus Mail’s Theo Panayides interviewed Photos Photiades in 2011 If you want to meet with Photos Photiades, you go to the Photos Photiades Business Centre in Nicosia. Armani Casa is on the ground floor – it’s a prime location – and he’s on the sixth, sitting behind a desk with a view of the city: one of the most established businessmen in Cyprus (the man behind Carlsberg beer and Agros water, to cite a couple of his best-known brands), and one of the most powerful. Later on, we talk about politics, and he mentions that he recently invited all the party leaders to this very office, to share his views on the Cyprus problem: “They all came. The Archbishop, too”. An offer from Photos Photiades is hard to refuse. He’ll be 91 on the 25th of this month; he wears a hearing-aid and his voice cracks occasionally, but otherwise his powers seem undimmed. Three times he interrupts our conversation to take a phone call; three times he turns back to me and immediately resumes where he left off, without missing a beat. He remembers names, dates and places. At one point, when we talk about Akamas (more on this later), he explains that his property is 1056 donums but he gifted 81 donums to the Land Registry. Which leaves … 975 donums, he adds after the briefest of pauses, while I’m still struggling with mental arithmetic. Even now, he swims all year round, and played tennis till about three years ago when the tendons in his arm started feeling the strain. The office is large but somewhat impersonal. Among the few distinguishing features is a small telescope, set beside the wall-to-wall windows. On a clear day, he can peer at the mountains, watching cars wind up and down the Pentadaktylos – though of course Photos seldom goes in for such levity, leaving it to his kids and especially his grandkids. He has five children, 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Most unusually, all five are in the family business (the Photos Photiades Group numbers over 40 companies worldwide), and indeed on the Board of Directors; the shelves behind his desk are stacked with family photos, pride of place going to a shot of Photos with his sons, Pavlos and Alexis, standing on the sidelines of a corporate meeting where “important decisions were taken”. None of this happened by accident. “History shows that private companies” – meaning family businesses – “survive for one generation, two, maybe three,” he intones with a twinkle in his eye. “I’m trying to carry on in perpetuity, if I can.” The family have called in foreign experts to advise on how to handle the handover from one generation to the next, and also travelled – as a family – to INSEAD Business School in France for a special seminar. But in fact the dynastic planning started decades before, when the children were young; “I prepared them from when they were little,” says the soft-spoken patriarch. In high school, starting in the third form (i.e. from the age of 15 or so), “they all received copies of the monthly reports of the companies, and they had to study them and comment on them, and make criticisms if they had any”. By the time they returned from their studies – invariably in Economics or Business Administration – they knew almost as much about running the Group as he did. “This allowed them to take on the responsibility. It wasn’t ‘oh, I’ll go have fun now and my father can do all the work’, as usually happens.” It seems strange that at least one younger Photiades didn’t rebel against this early grooming. Maybe they channelled their frustrations (if any) into sport: tennis and skiing are the family pastimes, and three of the five have competed for Cyprus at Olympic level. Or maybe it’s a question of DNA, since Photos, after all, followed in the footsteps of his own father – a self-made man in a small village in Mesaoria, who was minding sheep as a fatherless boy when one of the village elders took a shine to him and asked him to start a village coffee-shop. The set-up was basic – he used rocks for chairs, and tins of condensed milk for cups – but the 10-year-old turned out to be an excellent manager: the coffee-shop grew into a grocery store, then a taverna, then a restaurant, then a hostel for travellers with a stable for their animals, after which Photos’ dad moved into farming, then raising animals, then manufacturing all kinds of things – shoes, boots, tools, ploughs, bricks, tiles, cartwheels. His shop became a hub for the whole area, farmers buying on credit and paying in kind when their harvests came in. Photos, the fourth of eight children, showed early promise. In his teens, he spent the school year at the Pancyprian Gymnasium in Nicosia, where he was a star athlete –captain of the volleyball team, a champion in the Discus and Shot Put – and spent the summers taking care of business for his dad, who’d developed back trouble and had to ‘take the waters’ at a mountain spa. His plan was to study Electrical Engineering in Belgium, but WW2 put that on hold – so instead he became a schoolteacher in Famagusta (the war made it difficult to find teachers from Greece), then Assistant Base Engineer Officer for the British Admiralty, then Assistant to the Secretary of the Admiral, then finally went into the food business with an older partner, an experienced salesman. They put in £100 each as capital; six months later, Photos had parlayed that into £700 while his partner had only made £156. The partner withdrew, and Photos had his first real business. He was 22. By this time, he’s telling me his story – a story he’s clearly told many times before, doubtless leaving out things he’d prefer not to dwell on (isn’t it odd, for instance, that it was the older salesman who withdrew, rather than Photos himself? “It seems he didn’t have clean hands,” he replies vaguely). The business grew and grew, Photos showing his dad’s old talent for diversification: he bought a farm, a fishing boat, a rope-making business, started a packing factory, a salami factory, another factory making pots and pans. He recalls all his early salaries, using them as benchmarks – £3½ a month as a teacher, rising to £18 a month in his final Admiralty job – but numbers alone can’t explain his success. What kind of person was he as a youngster? “Well, first of all I was an athlete,” he replies. “I was very, very energetic – and a little bit mischievous. But I had goals.” He had goals, all right. During his two years as a schoolteacher – Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, History and P.E. – he was also studying French (for the planned trip to Belgium) and also studying for the Civil Service exam in English. He worked his pupils so hard that the Maths teacher complained Photiades wasn’t leaving them any time to study Maths – yet was even harder on himself. During those two years “I renounced all pleasures,” he recalls, “no women, no nothing”. He kept a notebook for money management, writing down every last penny – and was equally disciplined about the Civil Service exam, dividing the material into daily quotas and refusing to sleep till he’d covered the day’s work. As he tells the story of his early life, a recurring theme is running into people who were “old” or “lazy”; you can almost picture the young, virile, endlessly dynamic figure he himself cut, getting the better of those who couldn’t keep up. The Base Engineer at the Admiralty was an “old man” who didn’t even bother coming to the office after a while, happy to let Photos take over. Later, in the food business, he used to buy fruit cheaply from “elderly” suppliers with no other way of selling them. One of his coups involved an “old and lazy” merchant who had empty cartons piled high on his shelves, and didn’t know what to do with them; Photos, ever vigilant, learned of a paper factory in desperate need of raw materials, offered to take the dusty cartons off the old man’s hands, and made a tidy profit. Then again, another recurring theme is friendship. “We’d become very good friends,” he’ll say – and of course friendship oils the wheels of business. Just out of high school, he rescued a drowning girl off the coast of Larnaca, who turned out to be the daughter of a rich Egyptian; through the girl’s grateful father, he met the captain of the mail-boat – the only civilian ship docking in Cyprus during the war – and later, having become friends, prevailed upon him to bring in goods from the Arab world, making Photos the only Cypriot merchant importing from abroad in the early 40s. One thing often leads to another. In the 60s, while he was trying unsuccessfully to persuade Carlsberg to grant him a licence outside Denmark, he became good friends with the Danish Ambassador in Baghdad – whose father-in-law turned out to be president of Tuborg beer, allowing Photos to discover why Carlsberg was stonewalling (there was a secret agreement not to allow Danish beer to be brewed outside Denmark) and formulate a winning strategy. A certain charm, a gift for friendship, is essential: “That’s one of the talents a businessman must have – the ability to persuade. It’s a matter of personality, a matter of inspiring trust”. But of course actions speak louder than words. Another story he tells me involves Mr. Galanos, the “King of Sugar”, who objected loudly when Photos muscled in on the sugar market, and tried to convince the Bank of Cyprus (where Galanos was a shareholder) to stop funding him – but the bankers held firm, because, they said, “Photiades never had a debt to pay today that he didn’t already pay yesterday” (Photos is apoplectic about today’s big local supermarkets, many of which are notoriously bad at paying suppliers). Discipline, energy, charm – but also being honest and reliable. Is that the magic formula? Who knows? It’s unlikely Photos Photiades himself could pin down the secret of success after 90 years on the planet – though, if pressed, he’d surely add thrift to the equation, a quality he finds in short supply among today’s younger Cypriots. “In my own family, my children never got a single penny they didn’t need,” he declares. Even with their pocket money, the deal was that anything they saved at the end of the week would be tripled and invested in a bank account at 12 per cent interest (unsurprisingly, they tended to save quite a bit). And he’d surely add persistence too, as with his lengthy battle to establish Carlsberg against the Church-owned behemoth of Keo, following his five-year battle to get the licence in the first place (Carlsberg – with its smaller stablemate Leon – now has 65 per cent of the Cyprus market). Most of all, however, what he’s been blessed with is a more elusive quality, an athlete’s joy in success for its own sake. How is it (I wonder) that he never had any vices? Cars, drugs, women? But he merely smiles: “The love of business,” he says, “of having a goal and succeeding, is much stronger than any other love”. Maybe that’s why Akamas remains a sore point, his only real failure. I mention it briefly – and wish I hadn’t, because the story tumbles out in excruciating detail, the plot of land he first saw as a 17-year-old on a field trip, later purchased with plans of creating a unique, Ancient Greece-themed development, only to be thwarted by “the English” (i.e. the Bases) who needed the land for their military exercises. Like many people, I’m against development in the Akamas, our last semblance of unspoiled coastline after the disasters of Limassol, Paphos and Ayia Napa – but listening to Photos tell his story, quietly but firmly, marshalling maps and a list of national parks in Cyprus, it’s impossible not to feel he has a point. He talks of sabotage (he remembers how many of his trees the English destroyed in 1966: 3,764), blatant forgery, possible corruption. He talks of his own noble aims, all the research he’s conducted over the years. He makes it all sound so reasonable. I recall what he said earlier: “That’s one of the talents a businessman must have – the ability to persuade. It’s a matter of personality, a matter of inspiring trust.” Almost time to say goodbye. He’s done almost all the talking, yet I don’t feel talked down to. He recalls one of his biggest-ever deals – back in 1967, when the Egyptian government needed $15 million worth of tobacco but couldn’t pay for it. Photos intervened – and discovered that Turkey had tobacco they couldn’t sell, as well as owing Egypt money through a clearing account. He handled the negotiations himself, hiding the Egyptians’ involvement so as to keep the price down, then sold the agreement to Philip Morris in the States for a hefty profit, which he then used to buy more tobacco. The art of the deal. “When you succeed at that,” he smiles, “you feel like a painter who’s just finished a new painting.”You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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