The Worst: Ohio State’s Wireless Is Preventing Buckeye QB Stephen Collier From Watching “House Of Cards”

first_imgStephen Collier can't watch House of Cards because of Ohio State's wireless signal.Today is a great day. It’s Friday, but, more importantly, Season 3 of House of Cards has been released. Millions of people across the country will be visiting Netflix to watch Frank Underwood wreak havoc in Washington, D.C. Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Stephen Collier wants to be one of those people watching the show. But he can’t – the spotty wireless on OSU’s Columbus campus isn’t letting him access the online media platform. We feel for you, Stephen. Finally get a break to go watch House of Cards in between class in then Osuwireless does Osuwireless things pic.twitter.com/u479rsHAsJ— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) February 27, 2015Ohio State wireless: step your game up. There’s TV shows to be binging.last_img read more

TMC workers hurt in highway accident

first_imgKolkata: At least 30 Trinamool supporters and workers suffered injuries after the bus they were travelling in plunged into a water body near Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway on Sunday. The injured party workers have been admitted to hospital for treatment.The Trinamool workers were planning to take part in an election campaign meeting by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Jalpaiguri. They had hired the bus to reach the venue of the election campaign meeting. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to local residents, on Sunday, Banerjee was scheduled to address an election campaign meeting at Churabhadar in Moynaguri from 1:30 pm. To attend the meeting, around 45 TMC supporters and workers had hired the bus from Sariam. They had started their journey in the morning to reach Churabhandar. However, after a few kilometres near Talma, the bus had a tyre burst and the driver lost his control over the steering and the vehicle plunged into a water body beside the Siliguri-Jalpaiguri State Highway. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayLocal resident ran to help the accident victims. Meanwhile, Rajgunj police station and local Trinamool leaders were informed about the accident. Police officers reached the spot shortly and rescued the injured persons. Almost all the passengers had suffered injuries but about 30 of them had suffered serious injuries. The injured persons have been rushed to Rajgunj Rural Hospital Belakoba Rural Hospital and Jalpaiguri Super Specialty Hospital. A few of them were discharged after providing necessary treatment and many are still undergoing treatment.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Flies To Mali

first_imgRabat – King Mohammed VI left this afternoon Morocco, heading to Bamako for an official visit to Mali, first leg of an African trip that will take the Sovereign to Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea-Conakry and Gabon.The royal delegation includes the Sovereign’s advisors Taib Fassi Fihri and Fouad Ali El Himma, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, Economy and Finance Minister, Mohamed Boussaid, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, Equipement, Transport and Logistics Minister, Aziz Rebbah, Industry, Trade, Investment and Numeric Economy Minister, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Health Minister, El Houceine El Ouardi, Energy, Mining, Water and Environment Minister, Abdelkader Amara, Tourism Minister, Lahcen Haddad and Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the Royal office.A business and economic executive delegation and other civil and military figures are also part of the Sovereign’s delegation.last_img read more

Gallery OSU vs Indiana

OSU junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) is forced out of bounds during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 8 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 victory.

Ohio fans accustomed to disappointment mediocrity

I grew up watching great high school football in Cleveland: St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Glenville, and even the big Cincinnati schools like St. Xavier and Elder. All these teams were excellent, but I was an Edward’s girl through and through. I love seeing players that I watched in high school play first for top-notch college teams and occasionally the NFL. I knew the kind of talent drinking Lake Erie water can get you. But, when St. Ed’s started to decline after my senior year, I wasn’t surprised. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan.Being an Ohio fan means getting used to disappointment. As a Clevelander, I’ve had teams that were this close to making history. The Cavs’ trip to the semifinals last season or the Indians’ bids for the World Series in the mid ‘90s were the most poignant disappointments in my memory. Though I was heartbroken when these teams inevitably lost, I was secretly expecting to be disappointed. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan — and every year is a rebuilding year for us. There is always a “next year” for the Ohio fan.This “next year” attitude encourages mediocrity in both the fans and the players. Look at our own Ohio State football team, it seems to me that they only play as well as their opponent. Against the University of Spoiled Children, our Buckeyes truly rose to the occasion, and almost won, too. But against teams like Toledo and Illinois I felt like we held back, even though our starters stayed in for most of the game. The Bucks don’t play every game like it’s the big game; if they did, it would lead us to winning seasons, to national championships and could even elevate Tressel to the hallowed level of Woody Hayes.Mediocrity is not limited to the Buckeyes, but is an epidemic in the NFL, too. Look at the Browns vs. Bengals game this weekend. Aside from some excellent running by Josh Cribbs and some good interceptions and throws by Cinci, it was a choke-off. It almost ended in a tie for crying out loud — a tie in professional football! Did you know that could happen? I didn’t, and neither did some of the players. If the Bengals’ kicker had missed the field goal, it would have happened. The two pro-football teams in Ohio would have tied each other in yet another demonstration of our state’s mediocrity.Yes, I’m bashing Ohio teams with all the rage of a scorned lover. That’s the key word, though: lover. I will never stop rooting for my Browns, my Indians, my Cavaliers and most of all my Buckeyes, even when I inevitably leave Ohio. I want them to be amazing, to startle the pundits who talk endlessly about Tim Tebow and Brett Favre (who really aren’t that good. Just saying). I want us to win national championships and Super Bowls. Heck,I’d just like for us to have good seasons. I’m a true Ohio fan, in good times and bad, but I’d like an end to year after year of bad and a lot more good. read more

Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Minnesota

1. What is the state of the Minnesota football program? It’s rare for college football coaches to be fired mid-season. But Minnesota bucked that trend earlier this month. On Oct. 17, Minnesota fired coach Tim Brewster after the Golden Gophers’ 1-6 start. In a little more than three-and-a-half seasons as coach, Brewster went 15-30, including 6-21 in the Big Ten. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton is now interim head coach. 2. Does Adam Weber pose problems for a banged-up Buckeye secondary? Last week, Weber joined the company of former Big Ten greats in the 10,000 career-passing-yards club. In recent weeks, the Golden Gophers have been throwing the ball extensively. Weber has averaged 47 passing attempts in the last two games. In three career games against Ohio State, Weber has averaged 177 passing yards a game while throwing two touchdowns and four interceptions. Despite those average numbers, OSU coach Jim Tressel holds Weber in high regard. “We had him in youth camp. I thought he was outstanding then, and 10,000 yards later I think he’s still outstanding,” Tressel said. “He’s a competitor.” 3. Has Ross Homan’s injury opened the door for the next star Buckeye linebacker? Remember back in 2005 when senior standout linebacker Bobby Carpenter broke his leg against Michigan and true freshman James Laurinaitis stepped in for him and didn’t miss a beat? Andrew Sweat is delivering a repeat performance in 2010 while Ross Homan is mending a foot injury. In the last two games, Sweat had 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass break-up. 4. Is Terrelle Pryor out of the Heisman race? The smart money says that with Auburn’s Cam Newton and Oregon’s LaMichael James putting up impressive numbers week after week, along with Boise State’s Kellen Moore’s sustained excellence throughout the season, Pryor’s Heisman campaign might be postponed until 2011. Although he’s not completely out of the race yet (Pryor ranks in the top 12 in the nation in touchdown passes and quarterback rating), he will need monster efforts in each of the final four regular season games to put himself back into the discussion. 5. After struggling at Illinois and losing at Wisconsin, will OSU’s road struggles continue against Minnesota? The Golden Gophers are hardly intimidating at 1-7 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten. They are 7-42 in program history against OSU, their worst record against any Big Ten opponent. But consider this: No current Buckeye has played at TCF Bank Stadium, which opened Sept. 12, 2009. OSU always gets every Big Ten opponent’s best shot and the Golden Gophers will be amped to play under the lights Saturday night. Tressel said he hasn’t been disappointed by his team’s play on the road so far, but agreed that his squad’s two previous performances away from Ohio Stadium have left room for improvement. “I haven’t looked at our two trips and said, ‘I don’t think they were focused’ or ‘I don’t think they understood’ or ‘they let the crowd get to them,’” Tressel said. “But do we need to play better on the road? Absolutely.” read more

Ohio State baseball looking to establish itself as one of Big Tens

Junior outfielder Pat Porter (3) slides into home during a game against Toledo April 3 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerIf the Ohio State baseball team wants to be considered as one of the best teams in the Big Ten, making a statement in its first conference road series will go a long way.After getting swept in a three-game series at home by Indiana last weekend, the Buckeyes (18-10, 2-3) have a season-defining series this weekend at Nebraska (16-13, 1-2). OSU cruised in two midweek games against Ohio and Toledo that resulted in 31 hits for the Buckeyes, and coach Greg Beals said after feeling the pressure last weekend, the team has to step up against another one of the Big Ten’s top teams.“They were picked to be second in our conference preseason, so we’ve got to go defend ourselves. We didn’t have a good conference weekend last weekend and we can’t afford to have two bad weekends in a row in conference,” Beals said.Junior catcher Connor Sabanosh said the team realizes how important this weekend is if it wants to make a run at winning the Big Ten.“It’s going to be a big series for us after the tough three losses against Indiana,” Sabanosh said. “We’re really looking forward to our hitting to continue, these last two games have been big for us pounding out some hits and some runs. So we’re looking forward to keep it going through the weekend.”Pitching is key for OSU — the team is 13-0 when leading after seven innings and 17-2 when limiting opponents to five runs. Freshman pitcher Zach Farmer said heading into another Big Ten series, the pitchers have to build on the momentum they gained this week.“We’re on a roll right now and we just have to keep it going,” Farmer said.Against Indiana, pitchers were trying too hard and not sticking to the game plan, Sabanosh said.“Last weekend I thought they left a few too many balls over the middle of the plate. We have our best success working down on the corners,” Sabanosh said. “I think if they can stick with their game plan working down on the zone, we’ll be pretty effective out there.”In his first year at OSU after playing two years at a junior college, Sabanosh said he is excited to see what the Big Ten games look like on the road.“I’m hoping for a big one. It’s been fun on the road,” Sabanosh said. “We’ve been fortunate. The Oregon series was a lot of fun, great energy in the crowd. I’m really looking forward to the Nebraska series and I’m expecting a big crowd.”Beals said he expects the series to be exciting.“It’s a very good college baseball atmosphere there,” Beals said. “We’re going to have a good challenge here. We’re going on the road to play a good team.”First pitch in Lincoln is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Friday. read more

France deserved to beat Uruguay – Deschamps

first_imgFrance defeated Uruguay 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup, bringing the progress of Uruguay in the tournament to a halt.Speaking on their victory after the match, France manager Didier Deschamps declared that his side deserved the victory and hailed his players for raising their game against Uruguay known as a tough opposition.“I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” he told reporters via Sportsmole.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“I have a younger team, and they’ve already played as a team before, but today’s requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.“I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don’t look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I’m not doing this for myself, I’m there for the team.”The goals that came Raphael Varane and Olivier Giroud has transitioned France into the semi-finals.last_img read more

Dembele to undergo Guangzhou RF medical

first_imgTottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is set to join Chinese club  Guangzhou R&F as he will be travelling to Hong Kong to undergo a medical.Skysports reports Spurs have been receiving several offers from China as Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan tabled an offer which the club accepted but an acceptable offer has now been made by Guangzhou R&FThe Belgium international has spent six-and-a-half-years with Tottenham and it is likely that this window will bring an end to his stay with the North London side as his contract expires at the end of the season.Mousa Dembele backs Gareth Bale’s shock China move Andrew Smyth – July 28, 2019 Mousa Dembele believes his former Tottenham team-mate Gareth Bale will find things “easy” in China and hopes the Real Madrid player makes the move.Dembele has not played for Spurs since November due to an ankle injury and has reportedly been keen on a move to China since the summer.It is still unclear who will replace Dembele at Spurs but the club have been monitoring the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Donny van de Beek.Tottenham hope to retain their top four position this season.last_img read more

BAHAMAS GOVERNOR GENERAL HE DAME MARGUERITE PINDLING CALLS ON QUEEN ELIZABETH II

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, 14 Oct 2014 – A courtesy call on Queen Elizabeth II by Bahamas Governor General H.E. Dame Marguerite Pindling at Buckingham Palace today. This visit is part of state visit by the Governor General to London to attend an investiture. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:courtesy call, margaruite pinding, queen elizabeth IIcenter_img Public Holiday on Monday; Queen’s Birthday Honor parade in Grand Turk HAITIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE pays courtesy call on Premier Rufus Ewinglast_img read more

JAMAICA Nurses Charged to Play Greater Role in Promoting Public Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, March 1, 2018 – Kingston –  Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has charged the nation’s nurses to prepare to play a greater role in promoting and protecting public health.  He noted that nurses, given the regular and frequent contact they have with people, are in a unique position to promote healthy lifestyles and advise persons against habits that can endanger their health.“The nursing profession has to prepare itself… (for nurses) to be greater advocates for the cause of public health and wellness in our society,” he said.The Minister was addressing the launch of Nursing Now, a global campaign aimed at promoting the profession, held on Tuesday (February 27) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St. Andrew.  The initiative is geared at, among other things, raising the status of nurses globally, and maximising the contribution that nursing makes to universal health coverage and women’s empowerment and economic development.Its key partners are the World Health Organization (WHO), International Council of Nurses, the United Kingdom (UK)-based Burdett Trust for Nursing, and nursing organisations across the globe.Minister Tufton, in endorsing the campaign, said it is going to reinforce the value of the nursing profession to public health locally, in the region and internationally.  He noted that the impact of nurses is greatest at the level of primary healthcare; the preventative side of health, which is a major thrust of Governments globally.“It is a good time to highlight, to reinforce that importance, in order for us to take note and to do more to promote the interest, role and the contribution of a very crucial sector in the delivery of public healthcare,” he said.Dr. Tufton said the initiative will enable “greater empowerment of our nurses and provide them with the ability and the capacity to prepare themselves to provide greater leadership, as an important response to the public health challenges the country faces”.last_img read more

Disney releases first trailer for Frozen 2

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter (KUSI) – The teaser trailer for “Frozen 2” arrived on Wednesday, giving a peek of what viewers can expect in the highly anticipated sequel.Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff will reprise their roles, and the film will once again be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.The original “Frozen” movie became a massive hit when it opened in 2013, earning over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, along with two Oscars.“Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. Disney releases first trailer for Frozen 2 Posted: February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019last_img read more

Divided Alaska Legislature Convenes Session In 2 Cities

first_imgThe debate over the climate bill, which did not pass, highlighted the tension between the greater Portland area and rural areas in Oregon. Hundreds of farmers, loggers and truckers rallied at the Capitol in solidarity with the Republican senators, saying the climate legislation would cost jobs in their towns. Democrats said the measure was an efficient way to lower emissions while investing in low-income and rural communities’ ability to adapt to climate change.___Associated Press writers Mark Thiessen in Anchorage and Sarah Zimmerman in Salem, Oregon, contributed to this report. Giessel told The Associated Press last week that she believed the Legislature is on solid footing with the plan, despite legal questions raised by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, who has argued that Dunleavy can call lawmakers into special session anywhere he wants. In a rare move, nearly a third of Alaska lawmakers are expected to buck their leadership in both chambers and meet Monday in Wasilla even though a majority of lawmakers will convene the special session in Juneau, the state capital, about 600 miles (965 kilometers) away. Neither the House, led by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, nor the Republican-controlled Senate, could pass a bill for the full payout. Last month the Oregon Legislature was disrupted by a walkout by Republican senators, who fled the Capitol to thwart climate legislation. The 11 GOP senators, who make up the minority in the Oregon Senate, left the Capitol on June 20 and remained away for nine days to protest a proposal that would have been the second in the nation to cap and trade pollution credits among companies. The main issue is to determine the amount of this year’s oil wealth check, a hot-button issue in Alaska. Nearly every single Alaska residents receives the check for simply living in the state. Alaska is not the only state in the West to see upheaval on the legislative process. The Grammy-award winning band Portugal. The Man, which hails from Wasilla, will be featured Tuesday at a rally at the University of Alaska Anchorage to encourage lawmakers to overturn Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Dunleavy’s spokesman, Matt Shuckerow has said Dunleavy hopes lawmakers show up in Wasilla. If they don’t, they will “cross that bridge when we get there,” Shuckerow said. Dunleavy said late Friday he would expand the special session agenda to include state match money for road and airport programs “when the Alaska State Legislature convenes in Wasilla,” pursuant to his special session proclamation There could be other business for lawmakers. Once they convene the special session, they have five days to attempt any overrides of Dunleavy’s budget vetoes, including a $130 million cut to the University of Alaska system. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has called the cut as devastating. Furlough notices to employees have already been spent. The checks are from the Alaska Permanent Fund, a fund seeded with oil money and grown through investments. Annual dividends traditionally have been paid with fund earnings, which lawmakers also began using last year to help pay government expenses amid an ongoing budget deficit, creating tension. Dunleavy called the special session in Wasilla, his hometown and the heart of his conservative base, saying a change of venue would be good for lawmakers who could not finish their work over five months in Juneau this year. Both House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, who cited safety concerns about meeting in Wasilla, and Senate President Cathy Giessel decided to hold the session in Juneau. A formula in state law to determine the amount of the checks has not been followed the last three years, resulting in reduced check sizes. Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December, campaigned on paying a full dividend, which would cost about $1.9 billion and result in checks around $3,000 this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Divided Alaska lawmakers have found little to agree on this year, and that includes where to hold a special session.last_img read more

Skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics Everything you need to know

first_img Now playing: Watch this: The eclectic sport of skateboarding will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Carroll Photo/Getty Images Skateboarding, a rebellious street sport, will debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Often seen as renegade or rebellious, characterized by dizzying midair twists and turns, skateboarding will make its way into the structured and mainstream world of the Olympic Games. Though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously supported skateboarding for inclusion at the 129th IOC session in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, not all skateboarders feel the same way. Some athletes have expressed gratitude and excitement at the idea that skateboarding will get more exposure as a sport, while others worry that the Olympics will damage the culture and lifestyle that accompany it. I suppose no one will know how the sport might change until the Olympics arrive next year, but for now, you can read all about the structure, scoring and qualifications process for skateboarding at the 2020 Olympics.  Skateboarder jumping at a skate park.The park discipline will feature a course that resembles a large basin with lots of dips, twists and turns. Daniel Milchev/Getty Images What will the event be like? Skateboarding at the Olympics features two disciplines: park and street.  The park competition will take place on a hollowed-out course featuring a complex series of twists and turns. Park courses resemble large bowls with steep sides, nearly vertical at the top. Skaters send themselves to dizzying heights, performing jaw-dropping spins and tricks midair, and then gracefully bring themselves back down to the bowl to do it all over again on the other side.  The street competition features a straight course with stairs, handrails, benches, walls and slopes to mimic a real street. This kind of skateboarding is characterized by riding along curbs and rails, leaping into the air without using hands, and that familiar grind of board on metal.  Olympic skateboarders will experience at least some of the creative freedom they get in their home parks and streets: They’re free to choose which parts of the course to cover and, of course, which tricks to perform. Also, in an attempt to maintain the feel of the sport, music will accompany each rider.  Only one athlete rides at a time, and competitors get three timed runs to post their best score. Young men skateboarding in urban environment.The street discipline mimics what it’s like to skateboard in a city environment. The course will feature rails, benches, curbs and other things you’d find on a real street. MoMo Productions/Getty Images How do athletes qualify to skateboard at the 2020 Olympics? The IOC has allotted 80 quota spots for skateboarders at the 2020 Olympics. There will be 40 spots for women across the two categories and 40 for men, with 20 skaters in both the street and park competitions for each gender. Between the 80 qualifying athletes, 38 men and 38 women will come from different nations, with four total slots (two men and two women) reserved for the host nation of Japan.  Each National Olympic Committee (NOC), the governing body for each country’s Olympic goings-on, is allowed six men and six women for skateboarding, but no more than three athletes per gender per event.  Qualifications are managed by World Skate, the international governing body for roller sports.  Like all other Olympic sports, skateboarders must comply with the Olympic Charter to be eligible. Aside from that, the qualifying pathway for each event (20 athletes) is as follows:  Three athletes will directly qualify as the highest-ranked skaters in the 2020 Season World Skate World Skateboarding Championship events.16 athletes will qualify through the Olympic World Skateboarding Rankings (OWSR) as of June 1, 2020.One athlete will qualify as the allocated host nation slot. This person is the highest-ranked skater in the host nation; in this case, Japan.There are 16 available slots to fill via the OWSR, but no nation can fill more than three. For example, the US may have five skaters in the top 16, but only the first three of those five will qualify. Once a country’s three spots are filled, the qualification moves down to the next country that hasn’t fulfilled its quota. Learn more about the qualifications process.  When and where is the skateboarding event? Olympic skateboarders will compete in Tokyo at the Aomi Urban Sports Venue, which will also host 3×3 Basketball and Sport Climbing. The competition takes place throughout the entire Games, from July 24 to Aug. 9.  How will athletes be judged? Judges will score athletes based on speed, difficulty, originality, timing, stability and the overall flow of the performance. One important skill judges will be looking for is the ability to seem suspended in midair.  0 Share your voice Fitness Sports Tags Intel developing 3D Athlete Tracking for Tokyo 2020 Olympics Post a comment 3:36last_img read more

Rana Plaza owner gets 3 yrs jail for graft

first_imgSecurity personnel escort Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza building, after a court appearance in Dhaka on 29 August, 2017. Photo: AFPA Dhaka court on Tuesday jailed the Rana Plaza owner for three years for graft, the first of many charges laid against him after the garment factory complex collapsed in 2013 and killed more than 1,130 people.Sohel Rana was given the maximum three-year sentence by a special court in Dhaka for failing to declare his personal wealth to Bangladesh’s anti-graft commission, one of a series of charges brought after the disaster.“This is the first time he has been convicted and jailed,” prosecutor Salahuddin Eskander told AFP.Eskander said Rana, who faces four other charges including murder for his role in one of the world’s worst industrial tragedies, was in court for the verdict.He and 37 others could be sentenced to death if found guilty of murder over the factory complex’s collapse. But that trial has been delayed by appeals in the higher court.Rana was arrested just days after the accident at the border with India as he tried to flee Bangladesh.He became the nation’s public enemy number one in the aftermath of the disaster as survivors recounted being forced to enter the building to work despite complaining about cracks appearing in the walls.Rana and 17 others have also been charged with violating building codes when extending the six-storey structure by a further three floors. The illegal construction was blamed by investigators for the tragedy.His lawyer Faruque Ahmed told AFP he would appeal the verdict.“He was in custody when he was served the Anti Corruption Commission notice to submit his wealth statement. In the jail he was not given enough time to meet his lawyer or his family,” Ahmed told AFP.‘Cold-blooded murderer’The disaster prompted sweeping reforms in the garment sector, including new safety inspections and higher wages in the industry which employs around four million workers, mostly women.Bangladeshi activists welcomed the verdict against Rana, but urged prosecutors to fast-track a court date for his murder trial.“It has been four years since the tragedy, and still this trial has not begun in full swing,” Kalpona Akter, head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, told AFP.“He is a cold-blooded murderer. He forced workers to work in a death chamber.”Rana, who was linked with the ruling Awami League party, also faces a narcotics charge.The Rana Plaza disaster highlighted appalling safety problems in Bangladesh’s nearly $30 billion garment industry, the world’s second largest exporter after China’s.A host of Western retailers had clothing made at the complex’s five factories, including Italy’s Benetton, Spain’s Mango and the British low-cost chain Primark.Bangladesh’s anti-graft agency has accused Rana of purchasing property with suspicious funds. The agency is also investigating his parents for allegedly hoarding more than $2 million in ill-gotten gains.last_img read more

Jessore journos throat slashed

first_imgA journalist sustained severe injuries as a group of miscreants slashed his throat in Jessore’s Sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The victim is Ananda Das, 55, the assignment editor of local daily ‘The Dainik Protidiner Kotha’. Son of Shibpada Das, he was residing at Shashthitala of the district town.Quoting the victim, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station AKM Azmal Huda said three unidentified young men took him to Chanchra Harinar Beel from terminal area in the afternoon. However, he could not recall what had happened later.On the other hand, Anup Basu, a relative of Ananda, said he came to know around 6:00pm that miscreants left the journalist in the Chanchra Harinar Beel area.Later, he with the help of locals rescued Ananda and took him to the Jessore 250-bed General Hospital.Farazi Ahmed Sayeed Bulbul, acting editor of the local daily, said a group of hoodlums tried to kill Ananda.However, it was still not clear why the miscreants carried out the attack on the journalist, said Bulbul.last_img read more

IS attack kills dozens at Syria camp

first_imgA jihadist assault led by suicide bombers killed dozens Tuesday at a camp for the displaced near Syria’s border with Iraq, as pressure grows on the Islamic State group in both countries.The violence left at least 38 people dead and came as another surprise IS attack on Tuesday killed 10 soldiers in Iraq, to the south along the border.The jihadist group appears to be lashing out as it faces escalating offensives on its last two major bastions: second city Mosul in Iraq and Raqa in neighbouring Syria.IS’s dawn attack in Syria’s northeast hit a makeshift camp near the border with Iraq where some 300 families were waiting to cross into territory held by the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed alliance leading the assault on Raqa.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least five suicide bombers blew themselves up inside and outside the camp in Hasakeh province which hosts Syrians and Iraqis forced from their homes.Heavy clashes then erupted between the IS fighters and the SDF near the camp, which lies just inside Syrian territory, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.He said at least 38 people had been killed including 23 displaced Syrians or Iraqi refugees.“At least 30 people were wounded, and the death toll may rise because some people are in critical condition and others are still unaccounted for,” the Britain-based monitor said.IS claimed the attack via its propaganda outlet Amaq, saying a groups of jihadists attacked an SDF position near the camp as part of a multi-pronged assault on the group.‘Appalled, saddened’ -Kamal Derbas, a press officer for the Kurdish Red Crescent, said the attack began at 4:00 am (0100 GMT) and put the civilian death toll at 22.Thousands of people-from the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor further south and from the Iraqi city of Mosul across the border-have used the crossing to reach safety, according to the International Rescue Committee.“We are appalled and saddened to hear of the attacks today in Hasakeh province,” said IRC regional advocacy adviser Thomas Garofalo.Conditions in the area are harsh, with little shelter, the authorities overstretched, and the risk of renewed violence.The other IS attack in Iraq saw jihadists fire on an army base near the remote outpost of Rutba, near the country’s western borders with Syria and Jordan.An Iraqi army lieutenant colonel said IS jihadists fired mortar rounds and rockets at the 1st Division base in the Saggar area, east of Rutba, before trying to storm it.IS appeared to be trying to breach the defence of Rutba, which is the last sizeable town on the road from Baghdad to the Jordanian border, as well as to create diversions to ease pressure on its fighters in Mosul, military officials said.A massive offensive was launched in mid-October to retake Mosul, where IS head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of IS’s so-called “caliphate” nearly three years ago.‘Violent’ Tabqa clashes -IS once controlled swathes of land on both sides of the Iraqi-Syrian border, but US-backed offensives have seen much of that territory retaken.A US-led coalition began bombing IS positions in Iraq in August 2014 and launched raids against the jihadists in neighbouring Syria the following month.In northern Syria, the coalition is backing the major assault by the SDF-an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters-on Raqa.A key waypost in that offensive is the city of Tabqa, which lies along the Euphrates River and on an IS supply route about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa.On Tuesday, the SDF was locked in “very violent clashes” with IS in a northern district of Tabqa, the last section of the city still held by the jihadists, the SDF said in a statement.SDF fighters managed to seize a tank and several vehicles used by IS, it said.More than 80 percent of Tabqa is now in SDF hands, just eight days after the group first entered the city.More than 320,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country’s conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.last_img read more

Nur Uddin Shamim confess to their part

first_imgNur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain ShamimTwo accused — Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim – in the madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi killing case reportedly confessed before a court in Feni on Sunday to their part in the incident.They gave ‘confessional’ statements before the court of senior judicial magistrate M Zakir Hossain in the afternoon, said Shah Alam, an inspector of Police Bureau of Investigation and investigation officer of the case.He, however, declined to elaborate further for the sake of investigation.Meanwhile, a foundation has been established in memory of the late madrasa girl. Victim’s family established the Nusrat Jahan Rafi Memorial Foundation.At a function on Sunday, Nusrat’s father AKM Musa Mia spoke about the future plan of the foundation.He said the foundation will stand by the helpless and oppressed women in the future.After fighting for her life for five days, Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on 10 Apr.On 6 April, she was set afire at an examination centre of Alim examination allegedly by students loyal to principal Sirajuddoula of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.last_img read more

As Fewer Refugees Settle In Houston Nonprofits Struggle To Maintain Operations

first_img Listen Photo: Courtesy of The AllianceA young refugee mother poses with her children at The Alliance’s spring festival held at the Arab American Cultural and Community Center in Houston.The Alliance of Houston is historically one of the largest refugee resettlement organizations in Texas. Before Trump took office, the nonprofit resettled roughly 750 refugee families a year. Then the president lowered the cap for refugee admissions, and The Alliance was contracted to take in some 450 families over the course of a year. But Alliance CEO Dan Stoecker said he doubts is organization will even reach that number. He said if refugee resettlement continues at its current rate, he estimates end-of-year numbers somewhere in the 200 range. “When the numbers aren’t even half now of even what the government promised that we should count on,” said Stoecker, “it makes it very difficult for all the non-profit agencies in Houston and across America to really have stable business operations.”Stoecker said when the government doesn’t send families to resettle, his organization loses out on the reimbursements they were anticipating. He’s having to adjust budgets, programs and staffing to balance the organization’s budget. 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Stoecker said he’s disappointed by the administration’s cap to refugee resettlement and is considering offering assistance abroad as an alternative way to address the refugee crisis. “This is the biggest refugee crisis in history, but at the same time America isn’t really doing its equal part,” Stoecker said.  Sharelast_img read more

Damonte Dodd Former UMD Basketball Player Yields Passport Following Rape Allegations

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comDamonte Dodd, former University of Maryland (UMD) basketball player, had to surrender his passport but is free on his own recognizance after a bail hearing on July 12, following rape charges for an incident in November.Dodd, 24 was charged by Prince George’s County police last week with raping a woman at a College Park apartment in November of last year.  In addition to submitting his passport, the 24-year-old former student athlete is required to stay away from his alleged victim as well as any potential witnesses, according to The Baltimore Sun.Former UMD basketball player Damonte Dodd is facing rape allegation. (Instagram Photo)In a statement for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, the current court ruling is in order to “insure the safety of the victim.”“He turned himself in, so we don’t feel he’s a flight risk. But obviously we have his passport, so he can’t go anywhere. We are fine with the conditions of his bond,” the statement said.According to Prince George’s County prosecutors, Dodd and the alleged victim left a bar near the UMD campus on Nov. 1.  Five days later the woman reported that she was inebriated when Dodd had non-consensual sex with her.Dodd claims that the sex was consensual and is speaking out on the charges through social media.“I’m good everyone. Thanks for your concerns. Y’all know wassup. DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE. I love y’all forreal man,” Dodd posted on his Instagram last week, according to The Baltimore Sun. The post is no longer on Dodd’s page.last_img read more