The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol. The Government is targeting Jamaica’s transformation to a standards-driven society, through the certification of key State agencies under the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) protocol.This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements.He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2).Entities pursuing ISO 9001:2015 certification must demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services meeting client expectations and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) is among the government entities embarked on this journey, which Mr. Shaw said he is “delighted to see”.This, he noted, will “speak to the professionalism of the staff and the quality of public service delivered”.Other entities working to achieve certification include the Ministry, EXIM Bank, Companies Office of Jamaica, National Works Agency (NWA), Urban Development Corporation (UDC), National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Auditor General’s Department, Administrator General’s Department, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and Management Institute for National Development (MIND).“What we are doing in Jamaica is historic and revolutionary… . No other country has done it quite like this before – the key agencies of Government becoming ISO 9001 certified, and operating based on international standards,” the Minister said.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), shares a joke with President, Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC), Donald Demeritte, during a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). In the background is Senior Consultant in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and ISO 9001:2015 Ambassador, Reginald Budhan. The CICMC hosted the workshop in partnership with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, who said his Ministry is working with the entities to attain ISO 9001:2015 certification, which stipulates Quality Management System (QMS) requirements. He was speaking at the opening of a management consulting standard ‘train the trainers’ workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (April 2). Mr. Shaw contended that attaining ISO 9001:2015 certification will result in an improved business environment that bolsters investor confidence, through enhanced public service delivery.In the meantime, the Minister commended the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CICMC) for hosting the workshop in collaboration with CMC-Global, the professional body for management consultants worldwide.The forum, he noted, will serve to further develop regional management consultants’ capacities.Mr. Shaw also encouraged certified management consultants across the Caribbean to seek to expand their services globally.“It is time for us to be thinking big… . Our clients don’t have to be in the region. As a consultant [with] your international global standards, [you] can be consulting to people all over the world, depending on the area of need,” he said.Meanwhile, workshop facilitator, Nick Warn, told JIS News that the engagement focused on the ISO 20700:2017 Standard, which provides guidelines for effective management consultancy service delivery.He indicated that he has been involved in the Standard’s development and its utilisation via a checklist methodology designed by CMC-Global.Mr. Warn, who also Chairs CMC-Global’s Professional Standards Committee, said his involvement in the workshop is consistent with the ISO 20700:2017 Standard’s continued development and finding ways of “making it practical in use and making sure that [it] gets well known around the world as a means of improving the excellence of our consultancy service to clients”.The workshop sought to prepare 14 certified management consultants across the Caribbean to deliver more value-added services to clients in an ethical and professional manner, and improve the quality of consulting services regionally.
New Delhi: The Department of Telecom has given approval for the merger of Tata Teleservices (TTSL) with Bharti Airtel, subject to the condition that the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm furnishes Rs 7,200 crore worth bank guarantee, a government official said. On April 9, telecom minister Manoj Sinha gave a conditional nod for the merger, the official said. Subsequent to the minister’s approval, the official said, that DoT has asked Airtel to furnish bank guarantee totalling Rs 7,200 crore. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”Both companies also need to submit undertaking on matter related to court cases before merger is taken on record,” the official said. The merger will be taken on record after Airtel submits bank guarantee of about Rs 6,000 crore for one-time spectrum charges and another Rs 1,200 crore for the spectrum that would be acquired from TTSL. There is also a “very small amount” of dues that has to be cleared by TTSL before consummation of the deal, another official said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs part of the proposed agreement, Airtel will absorb Tata consumer mobile business (CMB) operations in 19 telecom circles (17 under TTSL and 2 under Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd ). It also agreed to take over a small portion of the unpaid spectrum liability of Tata. The merger will bolster Airtel’s spectrum pool with significant additional 178.5 MHz spectrum in 1800, 2100 and 850 MHz bands, all widely used for 4G. The proposed merger will include transfer of all the customers and assets of Tata CMB to Airtel.
Sonipat: Rohit Yadav of Uttar Pradesh stole the limelight with an under-18 national record throw of 81.75m in the boys preliminary round of the second Athletics Federation of India National Javelin Throw Open Championship here Monday. The 17-year-old from Jaunpur improved on the national record of the 79.29m for boys under-18 set by Mohammed Hadeesh Apia in September 2015. Yadav had also recorded a throw of 79.83m in the SGFI National School Games in Nadiad, Gujarat, in February. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe final will be held on Tuesday. Haryana women trio of Poonam Rani, Monica and Shilpa Rana swept the medals with efforts of 49.53m, 42.46m and 39.89m. Poonam Rani, the 24-year-old from Jhajjar, has a clutch of All-India Inter-University crowns and has thrown over 50m. With national javelin coach Uwe Hohn and biomechanics specialist Dr. Klaus Bartonietz keenly watching the proceedings, it seemed natural that the intensity of competition was high and that there was an eagerness to showcase raw talent. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, in the second AFI National 400m Open Championships in Lucknow, it was a teenager sprinter Vikrant Panchal (Haryana) who took the spotlight with a time of 48.06 seconds in the boys under-20 preliminary semifinals. It was the second time in the day that he breached the 49-second mark, having clocked 48.40 seconds in the preliminary heats. Haryana’s Pankaj Malik, 21, clocked the fastest time in the men’s semifinals. His time of 48.54 seconds was better than the 48.97 clocked by M Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu), in the other semifinals heats. Gujarat’s Vishal Chaturbhai had set the pace in the preliminaries with a time of 48.66 seconds.
Gurdaspur: Actor-turned politician Sunny Deol escaped unhurt after his vehicle was involved in a collision with three cars here on Monday, police said. The mishap occurred after one of the tyres in Deol’s sports utility vehicle burst near a ‘Gurdwara’ in Sohal village here, Gurdaspur Deputy Superintendent of Police (rural) Manjit Singh told PTI. A total of four vehicles collided with each other in the accident. Deol’s cavalcade was going towards Fatehgarh Churian where the BJP candidate had to campaign, the DSP said. “Out of four, one vehicle belonged to a villager, rest other vehicles were part of Deol’s cavalcade,” he said. Nobody was hurt in the accident, he said. After the accident, Deol resumed his journey to Fatehgarh Churian for poll campaigning, the DSP said. Deol is pitted against Congress candidate and sitting MP Sunil Jakhar from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat.
Notre Dame will be the new No. 1 team in the nation.Kansas State and Oregon — the top two teams in the country going into Saturday’s action — both came tumbling down, while Notre Dame moved to 11-0 and certainly will elevate to the No. 1 program in the nation for the first time since 1993 when the new BCS poll is released on Monday.KSU and the Ducks had a clear path to the national championship game. All they had to do was win their remaining games. Didn’t happen.The Wildcats got blizted at Baylor, losing 52-24 in a straight up beat down. Glasco Martin had three touchdown runs and Lache Seastruck rushed for 185 yards, including a back-breaking 80-yard score, in the Bears’ thumping that all but ended Kansas State’s chance for the national title.“I don’t know if I would call it getting smacked in the mouth, but they took it to us,” coach Bill Snyder said. “I really thought we prepared well, but as we found out, we didn’t. I don’t think we handled the situation as well as we should have been able to.”So, No. 1 was there for Oregon to assume. And yet, the Ducks didn’t do quack. Playing at home against No. 17 Stanford, the Oregon high-powered offense was contained. The Ducks managed just two touchdowns in losing, 17-14, in overtime.It was Jordan Williamson’s a 37-yard field goal in overtime that won the game and denied the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North — and, in the bigger picture, a shot at the BCS title.If both Stanford and Oregon win in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.Meanwhile, Notre Dame advanced to 11-0 by thrashing Wake Forest, 38-0. The Fighting Irish came into the weekend at No. 3 in the BCS poll. With Nos. 1 and 2 losing, it stands to reason they will jump to No. 1. It is like that the SEC will dominate the next three spots with Alabama at No. 2, Georgia No. 3 and Florida No. 4.
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.”
New Italy manager Roberto Mancini has announced that he plans to talk with Mario Balotelli over a potential comeback to the national teamThe Italian coach managed Balotelli at both Inter Milan and Manchester City, before Mancini sanctioned his move to AC Milan in 2013 due to the forward’s poor disciplinary record at the Premier League side.The last time Balotelli played for Italy was in the 2014 World Cup after his struggles with both Liverpool and Milan (in what was his second spell in 2015) meant he was left out by Antonio Conte and then later Gian Piero Ventura.However, the 27-year-old has rediscovered his best form at Nice in his two seasons in France and has scored 43 goals in his 65 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side since joining in August 2016 as a free agent.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.After Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, there have been calls by the media to reinstate Balotelli to the national side and Mancini has now confirmed that he intends to speak with him.“Mario is an Italian player. We will definitely talk. He is one of those players we should take a new look at,” said the 53-year-old, according to Sky Sports.Mancini will take charge of his first game for Italy on May 28 against Saudi Arabia in an international friendly.
— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest says the government is convinced that the health and strength of Grand Bahama’s economy is vital to the nation’s overall growth and development.“I can’t stress that enough because people don’t necessarily understand how important Grand Bahama is to the entire health of this country, because it is still the second largest economy in the country, never mind that Abaco is gaining on our heels every day and other islands like Exuma are holding their own,” added Minister Turnquest, who was the guest speaker at the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, which was held at Pelican Bay Resort, October 25, 2017.“If (Grand Bahama’s economy) fails, it will cause enormous pressure on the rest of the country,” added Minister Turnquest. “So, I can’t understate how important it is for us to get Grand Bahama right.”In his address to Compliance Officers, Minister Turnquest said his government feels it has an obligation to do what it can to ensure that Grand Bahama succeeds. He said that is just the first step in delivering on the commitments the government has made to the people of Grand Bahama and for the people of The Bahamas.“The economic transformation of Grand Bahama requires growth,” said Minister Thompson. “According to the IMF World outlook, The Bahamas is forecasted to grow by 1.8 percent in 2017 and by 2.5 percent in 2018. However, that growth will not happen and be sustained if the government does not do its part to facilitate economic transformation.“And again, getting Grand Bahama’s economy going is a key, critical component to achieving those goals. In fact, the country cannot progress without undertaking reforms that lead to better business conditions. These reforms are critical to achieve better living standards, moderate inflation, low inflationary concerns and high growth rates.”The Finance Minister noted that The Bahamas fell in its rankings on the “ease of doing business” ladder since last year and to a large extent that fall was not because of something the Bahamian government did, but rather what they did not do.“In other words, if we continue to stand still, thinking that we are doing okay, we are going to fall further and further behind because the rest of the world is moving forward,” Minister Thompson pointed out. “For example, Jamaica has made tremendous strides in its utilization of technology in order to facilitate and make the ease of doing business much better. And they have leap-frogged ahead of us.“We have an obligation and we have a commitment to make the improvements, to make the changes that we need to make in order to ensure that we keep pace, at a minimum. But I challenge my people every day to make a quantum leap to ensure that we get ahead.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)OPENS BACO CONFERENCE – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was the guest speaker to open the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) one-day conference, which was held on October 25, 2017 at Pelican Bay Resort.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Man dead after RV bursts into flames in Descanso January 29, 2018 DESCANSO (KUSI) — A man died Monday in a fire that engulfed a recreational vehicle in the eastern San Diego County highlands.The blaze in the 23000 block of Trappers Hollow Road in Descanso erupted for unknown reasons shortly before 3 p.m., gutting the RV and scorching a roughly 20- by 20-foot patch of brush before firefighters could get the flames under control, Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez said.The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was found unconscious on the ground a short distance from the burning vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom
Posted: February 23, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCongressmember Duncan D. Hunter joined Good Morning San Diego for a two-part interview to discuss important national and local issues. Qualcomm is a huge economic driver for the San Diego economy and “has a chip in almost every smartphone in the world,” said Hunter.In a letter to President Trump, Hunter strongly justified his position against allowing Broadcom to successfully purchase Qualcomm, saying “the potential impacts on U.S. security in critical situations are numerous.”Friday afternoon, Representative Duncan D. Hunter tweeted out his letter to President Trump justifying his request to order a National Security review. Mike McKinnon III, Mike McKinnon III February 23, 2018 Rep. Duncan D. Hunter urges Trump to block potential Qualcomm sale Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Duncan Hunter FacebookTwitter Need to watch Broadcom Ltd proposed takeover of Qualcomm. Ifallowed to occur, this would create a significant national security problem andcould mean the loss of thousands of jobs here in SD. Read my letter toPresident Trump urging him to order a national security review: pic.twitter.com/upyYdpQinf— Rep. Duncan Hunter (@Rep_Hunter) February 23, 2018 Updated: 3:07 PM
How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 26 Photos Top 5 things Avengers: Endgame sets up for the future Captain America (Chris Evans) looks very angry in Avengers: Endgame. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The United States is currently in the midst of the worst measles outbreak since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the number of cases continues to rise across the country.According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, local authorities are warning people that attended a midnight screening of Avengers: Endgame at the AMC Theater in Fullerton, California on April 25 may have been exposed to the disease. A woman in her 20s who attended the screening is the first confirmed case reported in Orange County.The film had the most successful opening weekend in box office history, so you can be sure it was seen by a lot of people. The Orange County Health Care Agency suggests anyone present at the theater at the time may be at risk of infection and should check their vaccination history and monitor themselves for fever or unexplained rash for up to three weeks. The measles virus is known to spread through the air and can persist in the environment even after an infectious person leaves the area.The CDC notes that three counties in California have recorded measles outbreaks since the start of 2019 and 22 US states have reported cases overall. As of writing, 704 cases of measles have been reported in 2019. At the current rate, reported cases in the US are likely to reach their highest number since 1992, when cases topped out at 2,200.Enlarge ImageMeasles cases in the US since 1993. Data provided by the CDC. Jackson Ryan/CNET The agency also notes that the majority of US measles cases are reported after overseas travel. However, outbreaks are also seen to occur in US communities where there are “pockets of unvaccinated people.””Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes,” said Nichole Quick, interim county health officer with the Orange County health care agency, in a press release. “The MMR vaccine is a simple, inexpensive, and very effective measure to prevent the spread of this serious virus.”The Orange County Health Care Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Avengers: Endgame writers address time travel questions Avengers: Endgame has no postcredits scene, but there is a minor audio stinger Avengers: Endgame and time travel: Why it all makes perfect sense Tags Comments TV and Movies Related stories 2 Now playing: Watch this: 2:58 Share your voice
Kirti KulhariPR HandoutActress Kirti Kulhari, who was last seen in two extremely appreciated Projects URI: The Surgical Strike and Amazon’s Four More Shorts Please, is shooting back to back for her upcoming projects.”After wrapping the promotions of URI and Four More Shots Please, Kirti immediately got into promotions of her first ever short film Maya, for which she received Best Actor (Female) Award in the short film category of Filmfare awards. Soon after that, she rushed to Rajasthan and completed the shoot for Netflix’ series Bard of the Blood. She also shot her next untitled film where she plays a musician in Rajasthan, and is currently shooting for another series in Mumbai. Kirti will start shooting for her next project, and promote Mission Mangal in July which is slated to release on August 15, 2019. It is definitely a busy year for Kirti,” a source said.Kirti is happy that this year has been a busy one for her. “2019 started on a very good note with URI: The Surgical Strike and I have been shooting and promoting different projects since then. An actor’s happiness is definitely on the sets and so is mine. I am extremely happy that 2019 has treated me so well, I look forward to a busy year and can’t wait for audiences reactions for all my upcoming projects,” Kirti said.
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UNB-File-PhotoVehicular movement on Dhaka-Rangpur highway has remained halted since Saturday morning as a big tree fell on the road at Palashbari due to storm coupled with heavy rains.The traffic movement remained snapped from 7:30am, disrupting road communication of Dhaka with the country’s northern parts, witnesses said.They said some 2,000 vehicles – buses and trucks-on both sides of the highway got stranded, causing immense woes to thousands of passengers amid incessant rains.Police said they started removing the tree from the highway with the help of local people to restore traffic on the busy highway.It may take hours to clear the highway, police added.
A fish enclosure owner was stabbed to death by some miscreants in Goshpara bil area of Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira district on Friday night.The deceased is Asadur Rahman, 35, son of a certain Abdul Jabbar of Arongaccha village in Kaliganj upazila. Some assailants attacked Asadur while he was going to his fish enclosure around 9:00pm riding a bicycle and stabbed indiscriminately, leaving him critically injured, said Shyamnagar police station officer-in-charge Syed Mannan. Later, the injured was taken to a local clinic where physicians declared him dead on arrival.
A 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.
Dhaka court lift collapse injures 8 including judges. Photo: Prothom AloAt least eight people, including lawyers and judges, were injured as an elevator of the old building of Dhaka district and session judge court collapsed on Thursday morning.However, news agency UNB reports the number of injured is 10.The lift collapsed around 10:00am while it was coming down from the fourth floor of the 30-year-old building, said Mahmudul Hasan, stationmaster of fire service and civil defence station at Sadarghat.The lift collapses around 10:00am. Photo: Prothom AloThe injured were taken to adjacent National Hospital from where three of them shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital as their conditions were reported to be critical, said Inspector Bachchu Mia of DMCH police outpost.
Nur 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.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 USA Today launched a new Women’s World Cup augmented reality (AR) experience as part of its mobile apps Tuesday that gives users a chance to step into the shoes of Team USA goalie Alyssa Naeher. With the help of AR, users can practice blocking penalty kicks from a life-size goal, including some that approach with 80 miles per hour — speeds that Naeher will be facing once the World Cup officially starts later this week.Gannett and USA Today emerging technology director Ray Soto readily admitted that he hadn’t been able to block any of those super-fast balls either when he demonstrated the experience at the sidelines of the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. last week. “You really don’t know where this is going to go, but I don’t think Alyssa does either,” he said. Soto said that his team initially just planned to include those 80 mph shots in the experience, but quickly realized that this would be too overwhelming for most users. That’s why the experience now also includes a much more manageable training phase, as well as an intermediate stage with balls coming in at 40 mph.The entire experience is modeled after real penalty kicks, tasking users to block 5 shots. It is being narrated in part by Naeher herself, who Soto’s team recently got to scan and turn into a 3D AR hologram. “Team USA and Alyssa were fantastic,” he said.In addition to the goalkeeper experience, USA Today is also launching a second AR component, which introduces Team USA on the field in a tabletop-like setting. Soto said that the app would be constantly updated to reflect any changes in Team USA’s line-up. The two-part AR experience went live within USA Today’s iOS and Android apps Tuesday. Popular on Variety